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Every other week we'll release another video from the 2nd Language Creation Conference.

First up:

2nd Language Creation Conference, Day 1, Talk 6 - 7 July 2007
Donald Boozer - Drushek: The Sound of No Voice Speaking

High quality video: http://conlang.org/lcc2/video/Donald%20Boozer.mp4 (194 MB)
Faster, Flash based video: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7329529495190435592
Talk PPT: http://conlang.org/lcc2/Donald_Boozer.ppt
Program: http://conlang.org/lcc2/LCC2_Program.pdf

The Drushek speak a language devoid of voicing and employ a gestural component to denote semantic functions and some morphemes. How does one transcribe the hisses, clicks, fricatives, and silent gestures of such a language?

Don Boozer lives in Ohio and is currently a Subject Department Librarian in Literature at Cleveland Public Library, one of the nation's largest public research libraries. He has increased the library's holdings of relevant books in the field of conlanging by purchasing copies of the Klingon translations of Gilgamesh and Shakespeare, Elgin's dictionary and grammar of Laadan, and Salo's A Gateway to Sindarin, among others. He has also presented programs on conlangs in literature and films and the basics of language creation, as well as published articles on conlangs including an upcoming one on introducing conlanging to teens. His interest in the "secret vice" stems from an early fascination with languages and scripts going all the way back to discovering On Beyond Zebra! by Dr. Seuss in his elementary school library. His on-going projects including working on languages for inhabitants of his conworld, Kryslan, which include Umod, Elasin, and Drushek and learning ancient Egyptian as part of an online study group.

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Comments

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dedalvs
Jan. 29th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Just a quick note: The actual title of the talk is "Dritok: The Sound of No Voice Speaking", not Drushek. The Drushek are the speakers; Dritok is the language.
saizai
Jan. 30th, 2009 09:27 am (UTC)
Fixed. May take time to propagate.
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