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On Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 2:17 PM, R A Brown <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> On 06/01/2014 00:25, And Rosta wrote:
>
>> Adam Walker, On 05/01/2014 23:47:
>>
>>> I don't at all like the buffetlang image and find it
>>> wholly inappropriate to the task. HOWEVER, your use of
>>> the word chimera makes me think that therin might lie
>>> the perfect word for these beasties -- chimeralangs.
>>> That us rather what they are Latin disguised as Polish
>>> or German or Welsh through the uniting of two
>>> disparate animals. What say the group?
>>>
>>
>> That's perfect! Not merely the least unsatisfactory, but
>> downright apt.
>>
>
> Is it?  The chimera was not one animal disguised as another.
>  It was a composite of three animals: lion, goat and serpent.
>
> It was generally depicted as a lion, with a goat's head
> rising from the lion's back, and with the tail as a serpent,
> with the head of the serpent at the tip of the tail.  thus
> the chimera had three heads   :)
>
> These langs have a base (usually, but not necessarily,
> [Vulgar] Latin) onto which an alien phonological development
> has been grafted.  I still think that of all suggestions so
> far, "graftlang" is the most appropriated.


My thinking was that these conlangs are chimeras in that they are imaginar