From Paleolinguistics to Poetry

Into the Seventies and at the midway point of the series on Burgess’s invented languages over at Ponying the Slovos.

What did people speak before Indo-European languages developed?

How many invented languages can you fit into a small novella that’s mostly poems?

I’ve attempted to answer those questions there.

Bonus: if you ever wondered what 19th century Romanescu dialect sonnets sound like when translated into Mid-Ulster Hiberno-English, I got your back there too.

Into what, I hear you ask? Into the actual dialect of the North of Ireland. You may have heard tell of Ulster-Scots. It too is an invented language, created (and not the first either nor the last) for political reasons. One day I’ll tell that tale too.

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