A pidgin in other words.
but the grammar mightn't be formalised in such a short time.
They might have a problem in clarifying the semantic domain of the words they invented. For instance, if one of the participants began using a noun as a verb.
It would be interesting when it was all over and they could go back to using real languages and clear up the misunderstandings.
Rhamos Vhailejh wrote:A pidgin in other words.
Is this really how pidgins are made? I figured it was a little more collaborated than that.
Rhamos Vhailejh wrote:Some people might argue that this should go in the conlang section, but I would disagree. If anyone who matters (by which I mean mods and such) disagrees with me, then feel free to move it.
So I've been thinking about something interesting for a few days now. Say you took two people and put them in the middle of nowhere (but with the necessary provisions for survival like a cabin and electricity and stuff). Both of these people set out understanding that they cannot speak any language that either of them knows, and they both have to invent words and create a new language as they go along and use only these new, improvised words until their return to society. And they aren't allowed to agree on any new, improvised words before their arrival in the middle of nowhere. Let's say they stay there for six months. Do you think they could have cooperatively created a fully functioning language in that time? And do you think they could not only create, but also simultaneously learn that language, being able to effectively recall words and phrases in spontaneity, and be able to use it in the future as well? I would like to think that the answer to all three questions is yes.
But what are your thoughts? Personally, I find the idea of "learning" a non-existent language (which is basically the idea here) to be extremely intriguing and fascinating. It's something I would like to test one day.
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