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Query:   Inventing Languages
Author:  Susan Meredith Burt
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   General Linguistics

Summary:   FOR QUERY: LINGUIST 11.912

HELLO, ALL!

IT'S A GOOD THING WE HAVE STUDENTS OR WE WOULD NEVER LEARN ANYTHING!
PROMPTED BY A STUDENT'S QUERY, A FEW WEEKS AGO I POSTED A MESSAGE TO THE
LIST ASKING ABOUT INFORMATION ON THE INVENTION OF LANGUAGES FOR FICTION OR
FOR OTHER REASONS. I RECEIVED OVER TWENTY REPLIES. IT TURNS OUT THAT
TOLKIEN AND ELGIN ARE ONLY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG: THERE ARE A NUMBER OF
PEOPLE OUT THERE INVENTING LANGUAGES FOR THE SHEER INTELLECTUAL FUN OF
DOING SO; INDEED THERE IS A LIST, CONLANG, TO WHICH MY ORIGINAL QUERY WAS
POSTED, OF THESE LANGUAGE INVENTORS. I HAD THOUGHT THAT LANNGUAGE INVENTION
WAS AN OUTGROWTH OF FICTION-WRITING, BUT WAS CORRECTED IN THIS: IN SOME
CASES, THE FICTION FOLLOWS THE INVENTION OF THE LANGUAGE.

IT WAS HARD FOR ME TO KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THE REPLIES I
RECEIVED--BESIDES PASS THEM ON MY STUDENT, OF COURSE (HE WROTE AN EXCELLENT
PAPER AND RECEIVED AN A, BY THE WAY). SOME OF THE REPLIES EXPRESSED
INTEREST IN MY QUERY AND THESE ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE LIST BELOW. THANKS
TO ALL OF THE FOLLOWING FOR INFORMATION OR REFERENCES TO FURTHER
INFORMATION.

>WMORRIS@CS.UCSD.EDU
>P.LARRIVEE@ASTON.AC.UK
>PKURTBOKE@HOTMAIL.COM
>ANDREAS@KYRIACOU.CH
>

LL Issue: 11.1085
Date Posted: 12-May-2000
Original Query: Read original query