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Re: Some conlang questions

From:Danny Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Saturday, December 28, 2002, 17:47
From: "A. Ingram" <red_grass23@...>

> how would one go about making up dialects? i know that dialects are > phonetic variations (?). Would one just modify the sounds a little bit, or > is there more to a dialect than that? i think that constructing some sort > of world and history of the world would be good for giving a backbone to a > conlang. it doesn't even have to be fantasy. richard kennaway's page has > many useful links. what do you think about constructing worlds?
You outta check out the [conculture] list; it's a spinoff of [conlang] and is also at Yahoo! groups. Basically, I just alter the language in some way to reflect a cultural or other distinction: Qotil Tech (of southwestern Caucasus): Christian Aramaic script, the modern language closest to Classical Tech Ma'ou Tech (of southeastern Caucasus): an Arabic script and more "Islamic" loans (Arabic, Persian, Turkish etc.) Judeo-Tech: Hebrew script and a more Hebrew-like phonology Himalayan Tech: voiceless-voiced-ejective distinction replaced by tones, to reflect the influence of Sino-Tibetan Serengeti Tech: the emergence of labiovelars like /kp/ /gb/ /Mm/ and even /xf/ and /Gv/, and possibly even clicks (like Dahalo, a Cushitic language). "Creole" Tech: not really a creole, but a huge number of English and French loanwords do exist And there are others still. That's just what I do. I try and use another language's influence (in my case, one in the real world) and see what might happen. I don't have any of these worked out yet, by the way. These are just plans. ~Danny~


Danny Wier <dawier@...>