Boudewijn hu kiteb > On Fri, 5 Nov 1999, Daniel Andreasson wrote: > > > Kristian Jensen skrev: > > > > > What really surprises me though is that folks studying linguistics > > > at the university have never even heard of the word 'conlang'. Many > > > of the students in my batch seem to be taking linguistics cause they > > > don't know what else they should do. > > > > Yes! That's exactly my experience as well! Last term we were > > about 50 people in my class at uni. (first term of linguistics). > > None of them were really interested. > > Incredible, isn't? People going to a university, being in the vicinity > of a whopping great library and people full of the most interesting > stuff, and being interested in nothing but the next glass of beer... Boudewijn, can I pinch that quote for my sig file? It really describes my old university perfectly. Even some of the lecturers... Anyway, for teh bookkeepers amongst you... m/25/UK, born in Germany, very mixed heritage. I was a definite oddball at uni. It was bad enough that I was interested in French as part of my course, but I was also studying Japanese for fun, relearning my Maltese heritage, and inventing a new language. On top of that, they found it totally incomprehensible that I did not feel any pride in having a British passport. Personally, I think Britain is a wonderful country, and if I were white, I woudd love to live here. I am now trying to translate a Japanese manga directly into Maltese. My Maltese contacts approve, my workmates smile and nod. I guess it helps that the Maltese are natural polyglots - a Malteser with less than 3 languages is unusual. I also have a mind to create a keyboard remaper for entering Tsalagi. I have the font. Regarding my Raptorese project, I have a prototypr written form, but I was wondering, to what extent is technology/civilisation necessary for a written language to develop? I want this to be a very primitive conculture, but I suspect that a written language needs some kind of industry (in teh broad sense) to support it. --- Fabian Jkun li dik il-kitba tpatti it-tieba ta' qalb ta' patruni tieghi. Jkun li jtaffi ugigh tal-Mitlufin u tal-Indannati. Jkun li ilkoll li jaqraw il-kitba, qalbhom ihobbu is-Sewwa u l-Unur. U b'dak l'ghamil, nithallas tax-xoghol iebes.