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Re: Kalusa conlang in review - is it working?

From:Yahya Abdal-Aziz <yahya@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 2:07
Hi Gary,

Some thoughts on tools and techniques to consider using for
a collaborative conlang environment on the web; rough notes
only, on which I will expand if you want:

 - give each user a scratchpad or sandbox, à la wiki, in which
they can try out ideas before proposing them for incorporation
in the conlang.

 - give users some tools, to use in their scratch areas, for
example: wordgen, genetic algorithms.

 - consider wikifying the entire project.  Users could establish
branches of the corpus on separate wiki pages or subwikis.

 - replace voting by actual usage in new sentences.  In other
words, let users provide as many alternatives as they like for
the same word or construction; but also provide a way for
users to ignore certain words or constructions.  That might
consist simply of letting each user's "votes" become instead
a set of filters on the entire corpus.


> -----Original Message----- > From: Yahya Abdal-Aziz > Sent: Monday 28 August 2006 22:13 pm > To: Constructed Languages List > Subject: RE: Kalusa conlang in review - is it working? > > Hi, Gary, Larry and mo', > > Let's begin at the beginning: > "The Kalusa experiment ( ) was an
attempt to
> > build a conlang collaboratively by allowing anyone to contribute any
> > words and sentences, and to have other participants vote on the
suitability of
> > those contributions." > > These were pretty much the parameters for Kalusa, weren't they? > It seems a tad unrealistic to now turn about and complain that this > "open-ended" experiment didn't turn out the way we would have > liked it to!
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