12 August 2007

Kalaba-X 50th Anniversary

Praise strongly Kalaba-X speaker.

This year is the 50th anniversary of Kalaba-X's first appearance in print. This delightfully strange and incredibly useful conlang was designed by professional linguist Kenneth L. Pike (1912-2000). In 1957 a lecture that he gave during the prior year was published in Bibliotheca Sacra. People who are having trouble breaking free of their native language and grasping the underlying meanings of what they are trying to say should spend a few hours with Kalaba-X. It is a great emancipator; it helps to rip up the straitjacket of native language habits.

Two versions of the Kalaba-X article are online. The full-length original, minus some of its formatting, is preserved at archive.org here. (After Dr. Pike died, the Summer Institue of Linguistics removed his writings from their website, which strikes me as reprehensible behavior.) If you have good pop-up blockers and spam filters in your web browser, you might prefer the more tidy version of the article which is here.

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