2015-10-08

How to Invent a Language

How to invent a language
http://www.wired.com/2015/09/conlang-book/?mbid=synd_moz_booksgen

NPR Interview with the author/linguist
http://www.npr.org/2015/09/26/443170619/meet-the-man-who-invents-languages-for-a-living

 I have long held the opinion that system and data base administrators and other user-facing IT professionals should speak Latin (or anything the userbase didn't speak) so that the users not steal their jargon and misuse it, e.g,. "we need to make a table" or "my process is spinning" etc., etc., post-nauseam (I'm already nauseous, i.e., ad nauseam, but we keep on going...), and it's infuriating. An artificial language would be perfect, especially if tailored for sysadmin purposes, much like "Taxilingua" in the book, Snow Crash. Oh, by the way, there are provinces of Japan where they deliberately messed with their dialect/language for that very purpose, i.e., to make it harder for surrounding regions and the capital to understand them. For extra security, DBAs and Unix sysadmins could each have their own dialect, with a lingua franca between the two. How's that for a practical application? Oh, plus people in different countries could learn the language(s) and talk work stuff without everybody having to learn English (well) or the anglos to have to learn Japanese or Chinese (fun, but not everybody's cup of tea, incredibly enough). Of course, the language spoken by sea captains and airline pilots is a specific artificial language derived from a subset of English.

 The Oregon Mental Heath Board put out an ad for folks who spoke K'lingon since there were a number of patients who had withdrawn in some clinically-understood way and would only speak that language. Strange situation: yes; no practical application: I don't think so.

 Japanese people, however, prefer the original language with the subtitles. I'm not sure if it's because they like to hear the foreign languages or if they want to learn -- probably a mix of both. The French seem to like dubbing. Each language has its own beauty, and much is lost in trying to translate, and more people should understand that.

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