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Someone will post it once a month or when they remember to (... heh), copied
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to change it, please edit it at the link above.


==Where to get Conlang-L==

The official archives are at
. From there, you can search the archives, get an RSS feed, manage your
subscription, etc.

It's also the ONLY place you can go to sign up and post things to the list.

A read-only archive with a nicer user interface is at .  [As of April 2009 this archive has ceased
mirroring new messages.  Henrik Theiling knows about the problem and has
said he's planning to fix it but hasn't had time to do so yet.]

Conlang-L is also <i>mirrored</i> as a Yahoo group, but there is no way to
have posts to the Yahoo group sent to the actual list.  Do <b>not</b>
subscribe to the Yahoo group.  It has no admin anymore.  Go to instead!

==A brief history of the list==

The list evolved from some informal email conversations among an early group
of language enthusiasts. The earliest mail mirror was run by John Ross out
of the BU physics department, and was up and running by 29 July 1991. It
moved to Denmark on 23 March, 1993.

The original note reads in part:

<blockquote><p>''By agreement with John Ross, the CONLANG mailing list has
been moved to, the mail hub of the CS Department of the University
of Copenhagen. Send all submissions to CONLANG at diku dot dk. The address
at buphy still works, but it is just an alias for the new list.''</p>

<p>''Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dept)  (Humour NOT

(Note that the submission address in that historical note '''NO LONGER

Later, growing traffic and changes at the university necessitated a move. In
January&ndash;February of 1997 the list moved to its current home at Brown
University's LISTSERV server. David Durand made the move and actively
moderated the list from that point on.

Before the move, threads centered on debates on the relative merits of
[[auxlang]]s had become common on CONLANG; these were often incendiary and
irritated many listmembers.  Accordingly, when the new CONLANG list was set
up at Brown, a sister list AUXLANG was set up to cater to participants of
these threads, and auxlang advocacy was banned from CONLANG.  It still is. 
(Dispassionate discussion of auxlangs is welcome.)

In ??? John Cowan took over actual moderation duties, as "Lord of the

Later the torch was passed to Henrik Theiling.

==List behaviour==
The CONLANG list rejects attachments.

===Posting limits===
As a traffic-limiting measure, if the list receives more than 99 messages in
a given day (in Brown's time zone), all subsequent messages will be
automatically held and not delivered until the admin unblocks the list.  

Sometimes, during longer periods of high traffic, a further limit is imposed
restricting each person to five posts a day.  ''This restriction is
currently in force.''  Messages beyond the daily limit are simply bounced,
not held for the next day.

Posters are encouraged to consolidate several shorter replies on a single
topic into a single message.

==Subject Topic Tags==
In the subject line of a post, you can mark the post with one of the
following tags.  Tags are only recognised if a colon follows immediately: no
other decoration (e.g. brackets, an extra space) should be used. Any 'Re:'
etc. is irrelevant -- the software skips it.

Good tag syntax:

  CHAT: Is the world really round?

Bad tag syntax:

  [CHAT]: Is the world really round?

These are the official tags the listserv software can be instructed to
filter automatically.  There are currently exactly four:
* OT: off-topic stuff
* CHAT: off-topic stuff of the conversational sort
* USAGE: natural language usage (all of the YAEPT and similar should use this)
* THEORY: linguistic theory discussions
Only the above tags are official and configured for filtering. However, most
advanced mail clients can be set to have extra filters, such as for the
following unofficial tags:

* OFFLIST: not actually seen on-list, this tag is added to make explicitly
clear that you are taking a subject offlist (i.e. you're emailing someone
directly about it)

The following are explicitly not included in the list of filterable tags:
* META: threads about CONLANG-L itself
* TECH: technical issues (e.g. email programs, list-related technical
problems, etc)

Finally, there are two meta-tags:
* [CONLANG]: This should not be actually added when starting a new subject;
you can make the listserv prepend it automatically to all email (so that you
can set your mail client to filter all list traffic)
* "was": used to change the subject, or more commonly, to indicate that the
subject of a thread changed a while ago and you're no longer pretending it's
about the original topic

  JAMA says flat earth leads to flat [@] (was CHAT: Is the world really round?)

Note that tags ARE included after the "was", but "Re:" is NOT, nor is [CONLANG].

List of acronyms specific to the Conlang Mailing List:

* AFMCL - "As for my conlang.."
** AFMOCL - "As for my own conlang"
* ANADEW - "A natlang's already dunnit, except worse"
* ANADEWism - Something you thought was unique, but ANADEW
* IML - "in my 'lect" (dialect or [
idiolect], depending on context)
* LCC - the [ Language Creation Conference]
* LCS - the [ Language Creation Society]
* NCNC - "No cross, no crown".  In the context of the list, "don't discuss
religion or politics"
([ not
its more general meaning]).
* NLF2DWS or NLWS - Non-linear [fully 2-dimensional] writing system
* YAEPT (the original acronym) - Yet Another English Pronunciation Thread
** YADPT ... Dutch Pronunciation ...
** YAGPT ... German Pronunciation ...
** YAEGT ... English Grammar ...
** YAEUT ... English Usage ...
** general pattern: YA(Language)(Topic)T

Acronyms not on this list might be in general usage: try
[ Google's define:] or
[ Acronym Finder].

==Other conlang-specific vocabulary==

From [ here] and
[ here].  See also [[Conlang

* constructed __ (generally a contraction): conlang, conworld, conhistory,
conculture, ...

* a language characterised by ___ (generally a contraction): conlang,
artlang, auxlang, ...

# A language constructed for the beauty or fun of doing so. [From art(istic)
+ lang(uage)] 
# (See conlang) [From art(ificial) + lang(uage)] 

* A language constructed to replace or complement natlangs to facilitate
cross-linguistic communication. [From aux(iliary) + lang(uage)] 

concultural [From con(structed) + cultur(e) + al]
* Adjective form of "conculture".

[[conculture]] [From con(structed) + culture]
* A fictional culture created as a backdrop to a conlang. See also "conworld".

[[conlang]] [From con(structed) + lang(uage)] 
# n. A constructed language 
# v. To construct a language 

[[CONLANG]] (all caps), conlang-l, Conlang-L, or CONLANG-L
* A very active conlang mailing list hosted by, and currently
operated by Henrik Theiling

[[conworld]] [From con(structed) + world]
* A fictional world created to host a conlang or conculture. See also

[[engelang]] /&#712;end&#658;l&#331;/ [From eng(ineered) + lang(uage)]
* A conlang that is designed to certain criteria, such that it is
objectively testable whether the criteria are met or not. This is different
from claiming that the criteria themselves are 'objective'. For example, the
Lojban/Loglan roots are designed to be maximally recognisable to the
speakers of the (numerically) largest languages in the world in proportion
to the number of speakers. It is not a matter of taste whether this
criterion is met; it is something that can be tested. (by John Cowan) [From
eng(ineered) + lang(uage)] 

etabnannery /ra&#720;mnn&#601;&#633;i/ (rare)
* The state of appearing entirely unpredictable, but, upon closer analysis,
failing at even being that. [From Et&#772;bnann(i), a conlang by Tristan McLeay,
which was supposed to have an unpredictable orthography, but ended up just
having a confusing one. Damn people trying to make patterns everywhere. At
least it's a bugger to typeset!... errm... back to the derivation + -ery] 

maggelity /m&#601;"g&#603;&#720;lIti/ (rare) [From Maggel, a conlang by Christophe
Grandsire which has a rarely predictable orthography] 
# The state of being entirely unpredictable. (Tristan McLeay)
# The state of being regularly unpredictable, such as to horribly confuse
anyone unfamiliar with the language, lulling them into a full sense of
security before pointing out, cartoon-character-style, that the ground no
longer exists where they're standing. (Tristan McLeay and H. S. Teoh) 

Maggel's Paradox (rare)
* Your radical ideas have already occurred to others. (Muke Tever)

[[natlang]] [From nat(ural) + lang(uage)]
# A natural language, i.e., one that naturally developed in the world, as
opposed to a conlang.

ObConlang (or ObCL)
* Just before something about conlanging in an otherwise off-topic post.
* From ob(ligatory) + conlang (i.e., an obligatory on-topic comment about
conlangs just so that the post isn't completely off-topic).

[[translation relay]]
* A game similar to Telephone or Chinese Whispers, wherein the participants
translate a passage one at a time, in serial, into their own languages - and
then marvel at how far from the original the translations have gotten.

==CXS (Conlang X-SAMPA)==
[[CXS]] is a version of X-SAMPA for use on the CONLANG mailing list. X-SAMPA
is a way to write the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) using normal
plain-ASCII text that everyone can read.

* [ Theiling Online: Conlang X-Sampa (CXS)] -
includes CXS-to-IPA conversion chart
* [ CXS at Wikibooks]


* [ Arthaey's Conlang FAQ]
* [ LangMaker] - repository of many conlang
* [ Frath Wiki] - a similar site, and host of the
Conlang-L (wikified) FAQ
* [ Omniglot] - which has information on more writing
systems than you thought could exist

[[Category:Conlanging culture]]