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OT: Random word generators (was Re: Worthwhile Engelang Goal)

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 7, 2005, 15:17

On Tue, 7 Jun 2005 00:48:26 -0700,
"David J. Peterson" <dedalvs@...> wrote:

> Henrik wrote: > << > I should've only used the random generator. :-) > > The problem was that when I did that to decide the words for > > 'man' and 'woman' > > (I chose them by random in that order) the two results were > > 'il' and 'la'. > > No-one would've believed they were randomised, so I started > constructing bias-free words... > >> > > Ha! That's a hoot! My problem with random word generators > is that if I try to be strict about it (I tell myself, "Okay, no matter > *what* the next form is, it's going to be the word for "water"), > the results are always less than desirable. I think I remember I > tried this with "water" for Gweydr, and I came up with something > like: > > zbr&xp > > That's a possible Gweydr word, but I just *hate* it! And until > someone's life depends on my lexical choices, I'm not willing to > let such a word into my language--at least not for "water".
I have similar reservations against random word generators, though I never used any. I feel that they are to conlanging what rhythm machines are to music. Greetings, Jörg.


Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>