Category Archives: Virginian Algonquian

Alternatives to Language Revival, with application esp to the remnant language

Why not go to the movies? Without a strong economic incentive to learn a language, any recreation is just is good. Presumably people are rational and will choose recreation that suits them. If learning rare languages is recreation, then governments … Continue reading

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Ghostlangs: It’s a continuum.

I’m going to try to use Algonquian languages to illustrate. The language at the top of the list are living languages. The middle ones stopped evolving as soon as they were written down. With scholarship and hard work, one theoretically … Continue reading

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Ghostlang: What did we used to speak where I live now–Northern Virgina?

(I originally wrote this post on my other blog in 2009, and have since learned that what was spoken in Northern VA, i.e the suburbs of Washington DC was a dialect halfway between Delawarian and the dialect/language reconstructed for the … Continue reading

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Draft for a Ghostlang Research Agenda

1) Memorize the attested words 2) Track down the corresponding words in related languages 3) Fill in lexical gaps with loans from related languages. Ditto for syntax gaps. Also check with proto-Algonquian with plausible mutations. 4) Work out the transliteration … Continue reading

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Ghostlang: Virginan Algonquian

As is typical with conlangs, the first thing people do is work out a script of their own. To my amazement, there already is a script for reconstructed VA Algonquian, created by Ian Custlow (I believe), who is from the … Continue reading

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Ghostlangs: Virginian Algonquian

A fake language isn’t worth studying unless it has a suitable word+lang portmanteau. I’m going to call all attempts to revive completely dead and incompletely attested languages ghostlangs. In this family, I’d place Dnghu (so-called Modern Proto-Indoeuropean) and certainly Virginian … Continue reading

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