Monthly Archives: September 2010

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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Picking a fake language to learn

Pick one of the popular auxlangs. ‘Nuff said about those, everyone already knows Esperanto exists and has fans in many cities worldwide. Create your own? This is the most work.  You will have the most flexibility with regards to how … Continue reading

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Conlangs are 4th languages

The typical person who learns a constructed language is probably on their 4th language.  I’ve no data to back this up, but here’s why I think so: Everyone speaks their mother tongue. Most everyone takes a foreign language as an … Continue reading

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How much space is there for conlangs?

Obviously we can machine generate stillborn languages as quick as we have time and money for.  The question at hand is, how many of these can be spoken?  Almost by definition, the auxlang and it’s fans can tolerate only a … Continue reading

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Using Twitter for your favorite conlang

Miniblogging is awesome for any language learning, including constructed languages.  Everyone has time to write a sentence a day, everyone can read a senetence or two.  Effective twittering in foreign language though, (especially a conlang) takes a bit of planning. … Continue reading

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Locally Dead Languages, like French, and What they’ve in common with Conlangs.

Are we studying locally living, dying or dead languages? If one “learns” French and you never meet anyone to speak French with, or don’t move to France, you will join the ranks of people who can say, “I took 16 … Continue reading

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How big a phonetic inventory?

As a baby, you can hear all phonemes.  As an adult, many phonemes are experienced as one sound, even if they are different.  Often ordinary people can’t re-learn the difference until after years of listening to fluent speakers- such as … Continue reading

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The null domain

From the literature on dying languages, the professionals say language die when they are not used in any domain, such as home, school, church, work, entertainment, etc. The null domain is where only you are using the language and no … Continue reading

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Personal Languages

A personal language is created the intention of being used, but only by one person in the null domain, that being all linguistic acts that do not require an understanding collocutor. The features and goals of a personal language may … Continue reading

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Why the conlang community needs a Stack Exchange Conlang Question and Answer Site

Why UPDATE The proposal was deleted for lack of followers. For anyone to revive this, we’d have to start from 0 sign ups and then get 100s of people to sign up *again*. The linguistics board has decided to make … Continue reading

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A toki pona case study. Building an online presence in disperse online community

Excluding the personal languages, constructed languages are internet languages.  Except Esperanto, almost all pre-internet conlang’s languished and died.  So if you are creating something other than a personal language, then the your internet strategy warrants some attention. Choice of technologies … Continue reading

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50 Ways to Calque Your Mother Tongue

We all know the ordinary ways to calque your mother tongue– by wholesale import of lexical items, loan words, syntax and morphology.  It is the sign of a clumsy language, something more akin to a cipher than a foreign language. … Continue reading

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