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Daniel Seriff wrote:
> Speaking of which, does anyone else run into this kind of attitude =
from
> your loved ones? Mind you, she doesn't think I should stop conlanging,
> she just lovingly teases me about my super-nerdy hobby. ;) (no offense
> if someone on the list doesn't yet realize just how nerdy we all are)
>
When I started conlanging, my parents couldn't see any point in it.=20
'Waste of time' 'Why not learn a real language' etc. etc. My sister=20
said, 'You used to be sooo cool' 'Y'know, Kristian, you've become=20
a nerd.' But now that I'm studying linguistics at the university,=20
that has all changed. My Dad calls me 'little professor' whenever=20
I'm working on Boreanesian. My Mom is fascinated by the idea of=20
having a son in a scholarly world. My sister envies my dedication,=20
though she still calls me a nerd.

What really surprises me though is that folks studying linguistics=20
at the university have never even heard of the word 'conlang'. Many=20
of the students in my batch seem to be taking linguistics cause they=20
don't know what else they should do. The only one I have met so far=20
at the university who was genuinely interested was a study advisor=20
at the linguistics department. He claimed to have developed an outline=20
of a Slavic conlang based on sound changes applied to Old-church=20
Slavonic - something to do with his dissertion. He asked a lot about=20
Boreanesian grammar and phonology, and that is a lot more than I can=20
say for the rest of the students I have met in the linguistics=20
department.

-kristian- 8)