Category Archives: conlang community building

How to gain recognition for your conlang?

This question is from my google analytics log, i.e. someone got to my blog by search for this question. I’ll answer the question using catlangs (fake languages designed to be spoken by cats using a domestic house cat’s vocal apparatus, … Continue reading

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The auxlang, engelang, conlang (artlang) taxonomy

Wikipedia, and many other people who write about conlangs like the tripartite taxonomy of auxlangs, engelangs and conlangs. Some people use conlang interchangably with artlang, some (like me) use it to mean non-natural languages in the broadest sense. Users of … Continue reading

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To create a conculture or to not. That’s the Q.

First, lets identify the audience. If you enjoy writing fake ethnographic reports, the follow your joy. Ditto if you are writing a fictional novel and want a thoroughly developed setting. But, if you are writing a conlang and are wondering … Continue reading

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Chat Tools and conlang community building

Chat solves three problems for a conlanger: corpus building, proving your language design in a conversational context and tutoring the community. Most any chat tool works for the latter two issues. For corpus building, you really need to need to … Continue reading

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To grow a conlang community, weed your garden

This is the best statement I’ve read about online communities, from the Coding Horror blog: … It’s an ugly, thankless little thing, but it’s necessary. I scrutinize every comment, and I remove a tiny percentage of them: they might be … Continue reading

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Publish a reference grammar or it didn’t happen

There is an internet meme, “pictures or it didn’t happen”, which is also a website for funny photos. The conlang world is in a similar situation. “Noyatowa” is supposed to be a conlang that is polysynthetic. It has 7 google … Continue reading

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When’s the best time to fork?

Conlangs are a bit like really small natural languages. The language is optimized to a particular environment, knowing the language is most useful for communicating with a particular set of people. If there is a mismatch, the language might be … Continue reading

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Conlang Community Building on Facebook

Facebook is the new crack for sociable people and really can’t be entirely ignored if you are trying to build communities–a prerequisite for any modest success for a language of any sort. It is easier to make friends of people … Continue reading

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Should Conlang Creators be Superstars?

I was researching how many wikipedia articles exist for both a conlang creator and the conlang. (see end of article for list) It is uncommon for a conlang to become notable. It is uncommon for people to become notable. Lots … Continue reading

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How awesome is my conlang?

I’m going to break tradition and say my conlang, when complete, will be no more awesome than any other language. It won’t solve the language problem (namely it’s hard to learn someone else’s language), it probably will be simple in … Continue reading

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Derailing Language (re)vival

I cant see how any of the following attitudes could help language revival of dead and moribund languages. I think all the following also applies to conlangs that want to have a speaking community. [Small, threatened languages that are still … Continue reading

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The endlang conlang

By combining the ideas of endangered languages and constructed languages, I’m sure some people instantly get a bunch of ideas in their head. Maybe visions of discouraging Navajo in favor of Esperanto, or the most common, “people who are studying … Continue reading

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The Connection Between Conlangs and Endangered Languages

Is there a link? Yes. Is there a continuum between a conlang and an Endangered language? Yes. Yes. Who should learn these languages? The descendant or any random language hobbyist?Anyone, regardless to background. Language revival requires talented hobbyists to be … Continue reading

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Contructed Language Governance Structures

I’m working up some drafts for language governance documents. ¬† Constructed languages face some typical challenges, which probably could be helped by setting down some social conventions for people to follow. ¬†Obviously, we’re in the world of recommendations and guidelines, … Continue reading

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Conlang: Milestones

Language Description Phonology, Phonotactics and Sandhi complete. Phrase grammar complete. CALS page complete. Morphosyntax sketch complete. (question list from book of same name) Swadesh (or alternative) list complete. Core lexicon and derivational morphology complete to the point that most if … Continue reading

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