k1234567890y wrote:seems that I got a strange and controversial thought...I mean, to make a conlang naturalistic, you need to know at least how natural languages look like and you can't really fall out of the range, at least not too far.
I don't think you or your thoughts are being strange or controversial here. I by and large agree with what you're saying. But as you've used "relexed" a few posts up, any romlang or germanolang could be dubbed a relex, which some clearly, to my mind, are not. I would not consider Silvish of the romlang genre a relex, and one of my personal faves, Jameld, while obviously a germanolang, has a timbre all its own. I'm just suggesting that one not be too quick to moniker a project a relex -- a term which is usually used disparagingly.
As for relexes an sich, I find this a little harsh:
HoskhMatriarch wrote:Guys, a relex of Inuktitut is just as inventive as a relex of English, that is to say, not at all,
I've probably conflated "inventive" with "creative" here. As I discovered in my just-from visit to the US, coloring books for adults are now a thing. Supposedly, it's therapeutic and "de-stressing" (and bull on ya for that), but I suspect it also fulfills a creative impulse. Is it the same as one's own painting? Well, no. But a well-colored picture may well use an inventive choice of colors, be frameable and framed for presentation and posterity, and meet the creative needs of the person who colored it. So, too, with conlanging. A creative impulse is at play, so why not meet people where they're at? A relex is
part of a creative process, if not necessarily "inventive", and could well meet the creative needs of the person who made it. Does that deserve the "Thou art not as linguistically sophisticated as moi." treatment? That is the question.
though I would agree with the mitigating:
and a lang that could fit in SAE can be really cool and original.