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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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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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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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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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How not to put philosophy into a language

This is a follow up to my last post, “Conlangs for expressing a philosophy“. I suppose one can use any vessel for expressing a philosophy you’d like, a prose book, fortune cookies, songs, or even a refrigerator manual or a … Continue reading

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Conlangs for expressing a philosophy

toki pona was supposed to be something about daoism, in my experience, it missed that design goal. I think the historical philosophical languages were supposed to be good for discussing philosophy in general, or approached derivational morphology in sort of … Continue reading

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365 Conlang thingies beyond #Lexember

So what conlaning methodolgy is most likely to capture the minds and hearts of recreational linguists? One based on portmanteus of month names and chapter headers from your linguistics text books of course. Did I even have to answer that? … Continue reading

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Conlang Taxonomy Part n+1

The current most common mental model for classifying conlangs is the Gnoli triangle, the idea that all fake languages are auxlangs, artlangs, or engelangs, or some combination of the three. If you substitute in Esperanto, Elvish, and Lojban you have … Continue reading

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Conlang Design- Challenges I’m currently facing

It is about 30-Day-Conlang time again, so I’m back to the drawing board. Maybe I should follow this up with the rules of the 30-Day-Conlang Challenge. Quick review: Goal wise, I had in mind a conlang that would be extendable, … Continue reading

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Reactivating your phonetic awareness

So you want to create a new language. First you will need to either pick letters or sounds. You might start with the IPA chart, you might not care and just use the phonology and phonotactics of your mother tongue. … Continue reading

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Gloss equivallency

I may have invented a concept. Well, it’s new to me. It’s similar to the idea of a relex, which is whole sale replacement of all morphemes in a language with new ones, but otherwise leaving it the same. What … Continue reading

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In praise of the relex and how to make a better one

Anyhow, I read this article on how to create a language in one day and really it is about machine generated relexes. And that isn’t a bad thing, it has a legitimate purpose. From reading the article it seems there … Continue reading

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Singletons- A Category of Conlang in Search of a Better Name

A singleton, is a conlang that may have been created for whatever purpose, but happens to be suitable for someone else, maybe for the intended purpose, maybe for something else and it hasn’t been discovered by anyone yet. Hence the … Continue reading

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Animal Conlangs

The British are afraid of genetic engineering allowing monkeys to speak. (Just wait until they find out about all the little talking Great Apes in Britain that the scientists have been secretly creating in their bedrooms)  SF writers are using … Continue reading

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Culture is not normally embedded in language like a paracite

While I enjoy putting on my viking hat and woolly sweater, getting out the skyr an playing some Sykur while I’m studying Icelandic– Icelandic would still be Icelandic without all of that cultural stuff.  For every charismatic word that says … Continue reading

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