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The 5 Word Langage

Finally, I sort of have the time to do a quick review of the 5 word language. I’m a big fan of small languages (as in small vocab, small numbers of rules, small number of morphemes) This is really, 5 … Continue reading

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Undeveloped Public Domain Conlangs

Barsoomian is public domain, unless it is the most recent movie version. But here is one that I just notice: Parrot from Doctor Dolittle: “Ka-ka-oi-ee, fee-fee” “Is the porridge hot yet?” Oh, boy. How shall we do an interlinear gloss … Continue reading

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Esoteric Buddhism and Conlangs

I’m still reading about Esoteric Buddhism, so I’m no expert and may mis-speak. However, while reading about esoteric Buddhism, I got a bunch of fake linguistics ideas. Esoteric vs Exoteric Readings The exoteric reading is the way you’d read a … Continue reading

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Language learning materials

So I’m working on improving my Russian. These things drive me crazy about learning materials: The pronoun pri means “during” (but also most of all other prepositions). And that counts and a definition. It is then followed by two, maybe … Continue reading

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Conlex- Here is what I hope it means

Conlex– a sort of activity for people creating new (or reviving dead/nearly dead) languages by actually speaking them into existence. It entails create a language, especially the materials necessary for learners and then doing what it takes to get a … Continue reading

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Fake Mantras and Fake Languages

In Hinduism, there was the idea that words said in a prestige language were magic. People at has some pre-Sassurian ideas about sound and meaning, namely that there was something doggy about the sounds d-o-g and something catty about c-a-t. … Continue reading

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Comparatives and languages that “don’t have them”

Some American Indian languages “don’t have” comparatives. All American Indian languages are small community languages (well, were) and those typically are mindbendingly complicated. There are so many mechanisms for expression that some familiar mechanism in European languages might be missing. … Continue reading

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A Buddhist conlang idea

So a big idea in Buddhism is that you can analyze anything but break it down into parts in a way that you cannot say, ah ha! This is the Toyota! Instead you just get a pile of car parts … Continue reading

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So it appears the main barrier between me and Russian fluency is…

that I haven’t been told that google translate is a somewhat unreliable translation. I’ve posted a few question on the Russian StackExchange. I get two things– pretty good answers from experts and cheap potshots from the commenters. The experts sound … Continue reading

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Fluency

Someone said, “3 people are fluent in toki pona” What does that even mean? It means squat. The gold standard of fluency is native fluency, which kids get for free. It is not so free that a language learned as … Continue reading

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Syntax Coloring and Highlighting and Autocompletion

I wish there was syntax highlighting for English. When it is there, you see errors faster. I like autocompletion too, where you type a word and get a list of possible next words, sort of like what cell phone keyboard … Continue reading

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An unimplemented idea for conlang phonotactics

Phonotactics- the recipes for building new words. So someone created a fake language. But they died, or got a real job or otherwise abandoned it. How to move it forward if they didn’t document the phonotactics? There are many word … Continue reading

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Kickstarter and fake langauges

Finishing a conlang is a lot of work. So can fans provide an incentive to new language creators to finish it, say by pledging $ in return for a variety of prizes to be given to the fans? Possible rewards: … Continue reading

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Bresenish. It should work like a programming language

So I’m continuing to think about the syntax of bresenish, but in the back ground I’m reading a lot about programing languages. I’m thinking that there should be a way to speak a programming language. Except it would execute in … Continue reading

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Bresenish. This is That.

So another post on a language I’ve provisionally called Bresenish. The goal is to creates something inspired by set theory and computer programming languages. So one book I read said language is kind of like describing a stage where a … Continue reading

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