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[Nettime-nl] OnlyOneNativeSpeaker: the collaborative Babylon bonanza
Wilfried Hou Je Bek on Mon, 1 Nov 2004 15:50:09 +0100 (CET)

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[Nettime-nl] OnlyOneNativeSpeaker: the collaborative Babylon bonanza

the collaborative Babylon bonanza


Languages, by cultural definition, seek
standardisation and mass-adoption; the command of
language is one axis on which the ability to
participate in all what society has to offer revolves
around. It's to this domain of human culture that
OnlyOneNativeSpeaker seeks to add parallelism,
diversity and heterogeneity. It will do this by
creating thousands of new artificial languages.
Languages with deliberately just that: Only One Native

A language is a collaborative effort to conceptualise
place and time. At the most fundamental level
languages reflect the environment of, and the social
agreements between, the community it belongs to. The
study of languages from other cultures is of direct
important to us, as it shows us the boundaries of our
own culture, and refutes claims of cultural

OnlyOneNativeSpeaker excludes no possible line of
enquiry. Every artificial language, independent of
medium, origin and intent helps to display the horizon
of possibility, in ourselves as well as in others. But
creating a language from scratch is not the only
option, finding languages where nobody did before: in
crowds, in amoeba, or in the shape of rocks, is of
equal interest to the scope of OnlyOneNativeSpeaker.

How can you participate in the Babylon bonanza that is
called OnlyOneNativeSpeaker? That's simple, develop a
language! While doing that, send us an e-mail with a
link to the website containing the purpose and details
of your language. If necessary we can host this
information for you. At the same time
OnlyOneNativeSpeaker will try to facilitate the
exchange of ideas between all people involved as far
as language permits.

Our Website:

Get in Touch:
onlyone [at] socialfiction [dot]org 

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