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Re: Round Robin Transcreation

From:Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 14, 2004, 21:55
--- Roger Mills <rfmilly@...> wrote:

> Sally Caves wrote: > > Gary, did you or someone else suggest this before > on CONLANG, about a year > > ago? Because this sounds very familiar! Several > of us pursued a game > > like > > this for about a week. > > > Ha!! Yes, he did, back in July-- Madjal (thanks to > google). There was a web > site, but I've lost the URL.
Aha! You are right. But that project was for folks to just email me sentences of their own creation to add to the corpus. What I got was often written without regard for the prior corpus so there was no consistancy and it ended up being a scrap pile of disconnected utterances rather than a conlang. Plus, the sentences were all over the map with things like "I killed the orange dragon with poison." There was no pattern or progression in the corpus. The present idea is an attempt to bring a semblence of order to the process by using a predetermined list of progressively complex sentences and discovering the translations one at a time, so that each discovery can build on the previous ones. Plus the preselected sentence list would provide built-in balance for what the vocaublary and grammar need to accomplish. Finally, by making it turn-based, the process proceeds at a reasonable pace of one sentence every few days rather than like Madjal, which often left me flooded with 100 sentences in one day about how to battle dragons, and then nothing for weeks and weeks. Just a random thought, but I always thought it would be fun to actually watch a language evolve (active) rather than be designed (passive). --gary