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Have you heard of Ithkuil?

Postby jan Akesimun » Sat Sep 17, 2011 3:46 am

I just found out the creator of it is about to finish the final version of it. Learning it seems like a suitably impossible challenge.
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Re: Have you heard of Ithkuil?

Postby janKipo » Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:33 am

He has claimed near completion before, so don't hold your breath. Though I have met him a few times, I have never been tempted to try my hand at his language, with its legendary problems; I'll stick to tp and maybe, on a really good day, Lojban.

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Re: Have you heard of Ithkuil?

Postby janMato » Wed Sep 21, 2011 4:56 pm

Yeah, on the conlang mailing list it comes up along with a few other conlangs as potentially not-human usable systems. Maybe it would require a few generations of native speakers, since kids seem so much better at learning crazy difficult languages.

I tend to be kind of lazy when it comes to foreign languages. I won't look up every single word when I read, and I won't invest an hour doing the same writing a sentence. So I read Icelandic (can't/won't) write it and I write toki pona. The level of effort seems appropriate for hobbies. The level of effort for Ithkuil is beyond a hobby, except maybe a singular feat to translate a single sentence or paragraph. With that sort of personal economics reasoning going on, I can't imagine Ikthiul attracting a community that does more than talk about the language.

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Re: Have you heard of Ithkuil?

Postby janHanoki » Wed Aug 29, 2012 5:23 pm

While I think Ithkuil sounds horribly ugly, it is conceptually awe-inspiring. If I am not mistaken, there is an active Russian-speaking group on Livejournal which is learning Ithkuil. If anyone here uses Reddit, visit /r/Ithkuil.

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Re: Have you heard of Ithkuil?

Postby Delphij » Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:37 pm

I really love just to read the description of the language at the webpage.
I don't think you need to really learn Ithkuil to benefit of its existence, it feels like it can really give a deeper understanding of how human language works by just reading about its "philosophy" :P
Somewhat like lojban.
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Re: Have you heard of Ithkuil?

Postby Delphij » Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:37 pm

I really love just to read the description of the language at the webpage.
I don't think you need to really learn Ithkuil to benefit of its existence, it feels like it can really give a deeper understanding of how human language works by just reading about its "philosophy" :P
Somewhat like lojban.
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Re: Have you heard of Ithkuil?

Postby janKipo » Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:15 pm

Well, it is a compendium of linguistic oddities gleaned from the linguistics textbooks and lumped together in a beguiling (? tempting? awesome? enthralling? attractive and terrifying anyhow) package.


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