Archives of the Conlang Mailing List, 1991-94
For many years the Conlang mailing list was the
most active English-language forum for designers and collectors of
constructed languages, also called artificial languages,
universal languages, Plansprachen, Kunstsprachen, hanna tungumál, gervimál,
planlingvoj, artefaritaj lingvoj, etc.
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During the list's first 4 years – the first time in world history when widely dispersed people interested in this relatively obscure topic were able to communicate in realtime –
members discussed many fundamental issues in language design. They established a trend toward more original designs and more accurate
descriptions of language features, and made an effort to find and share
data about earlier projects. In order to make this important material
available to future language creators, we offer this lightly
edited archive of those early years. Enjoy!
The names of colors.
Vladimir Nabokov's Zemblan.
Science fiction works containing conlangs.
DLT (modified Esperanto used in machine translation).
Descriptions of Dhamiathua, Laadan, aUI, Schklorpya.
Protong, Islandian, Interling, Paleneo.
Esperanto curse words.
More talk of DLT.
Discussion of Glosa.
Interpreting the Paternoster.
Some talk of E-Prime, Glaugnea, Nevbosh.
Optimizing conlangs for computer processing.
List of Volapük affixes.
Bits of EhmayGheeChah, INTAL, Kayenian, Tanerai, Yalo.
Desiderata in auxiliary language design.
Pro's and con's of gender and tones.
Syllable counting in Nasioi.
Defining complexity and "easy to learn."
Claims and features of Glosa.
Re-cap of "world language problem" thread.
Interconversion of parts of speech.
Solex-Mal, Alwato, Poliespo, Neu-inglish.
Klingon pronunciation, tonogenesis, alphabet.
SVO syntax vs. other options.
Carney talk and play languages.
How to write sign languages.
Sign language as universal language.
Proposed guidelines for the design of an international auxiliary language.
Affixes versus particles.
Fanigalu (AKA Fanagalo, African lingua franca).
Physical inability to produce a ligually trilled R.
Sci-fi artlang "the Light of the World."
Should there be a separate list for auxiliary language advocates?
Should Conlang become a newsgroup?
Lars Mathiesen becomes list administrator.
Thought and language.
Mention of E-Prime.
Modal (most typical) phoneme inventory of human languages.
Should irony and sarcasm be explicitly marked in written language?
sci.lang thread on the complexity of Esperanto syntax.
Brief mentions of aUI, Namjuan, Jigwa.
Invented histories for conlangs.
Time travellers' language and time metaphors.
Critique of allomorphy and ambiguous compounds in Lojban.
Semantic ambiguity in general.
Mentions of Arcaicam Esperantom, Voksigid, Glosa.
Is metaphor a bad thing?
`He's dead, Jim' in Volapük.
Lojban's split from Loglan explained.
Loglan trademark and copyright enforcement and resistance.
Metaphorical use of prepositions.
Brevity and speed of languages.
Cultural assumptions in vocabulary design.
Mentions of Solresol, Paleneo.
Problems of non-ASCII scripts.
Using the apostrophe as a letter of the alphabet.
Does English have more idioms?
The language of Finnegans Wake.
Tom Breton's Allnoun.
Interlingua and Occidental.
How to decide which concepts will be represented by words.
Marking gender in pronouns.
How to count the parts of speech.
Andre Martinet and the IALA.
Whimsical spelling reforms.
Speedwords grammar and lexicon.
Klingon language development.
Critiques of Láadan.
Elements of vocabulary creation.
List of ontologies (concept catalogues).
Universal semantic primitives.
Marking the relationship between roots in a compound.
Rarity of Volapük books.
Lists of Volapük books.
Font creation and invented scripts.
Statistical differences between conlangs and natlangs.
The Paternoster translated into a few dozen conlangs.
Cut English (spelling reform).
Tolkien's views on language esthetics.
Artlangs and science fiction languages.
Counting, syntax, universals, and Chomsky's theories.
Non-vocal languages and tone languages.