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Wait . . . Tracy Hickman is a man?

Huh.



On Sat, Nov 14, 2009 at 8:54 PM, Jim Henry <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> In an interview recorded in 2006, on Mur Lafferty's "I Should be
> Writing" podcast, Tracy Hickman talks about conlanging to support the
> worldbuilding for a fantasy epic.  He talks briefly about Tolkien's
> work, then says, in short, that for authors who don't have in-depth
> knowledge of linguistics it's probably safer and easier to model your
> fantasy world's language(s) on whatever foreign language(s) you know
> best rather than try to make something up from scratch; he says the
> conlangs in his books are mostly based on Indonesian (which he learned
> fluently while a missionary in Java in the mid-1970s), Latin and
> Greek.
>
> The file is
> ISBW #36 - Tracy Hickman Interview.mp3
>  in
> ISBW 31-40.zip
> downloadable at
> http://murverse.com/podcast-archives/
>
> The stuff about conlanging starts at 9 minutes 30 seconds and runs
> about 8 minutes.
>
> I wonder how many fantasy novels currently working their way through
> publishers' pipelines were written under the influence of that
> interview?  Mur Lafferty seems to have a pretty large following among
> novice fantasy/sf authors.
>
> Has anyone else read Tracy Hickman's books?  Can you comment on the
> conlangs in them?  The way he talks in the interview, I infer that his
> conlangs have syntax and semantics and aren't just naming languages.
>
> --
> Jim Henry
> http://www.pobox.com/~jimhenry/
>



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