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Re: Conlanging with constraints

From:Sai Emrys <sai@...>
Date:Sunday, February 17, 2008, 20:17
Some further questions for musing-in-principle or specific examples:

What makes a constraint "arbitrary"? To what degree have you used
arbitrary constraints, why, and with what results? Is imposing
arbitrary constraints on your conlanging helpful, temporarily helpful,
or just a hindrance?

What might be some interesting constraints to use? E.g. for a novice
conlanger, for instructional purposes, or for creating something new?

What constraints would be *over*constraining? E.g. resulting in a lack
of area remaining within which to be creative; resulting in something
that violates "actual" universals of language hard enough to not be
usable by humans; etc?

- Sai

P.S.  On Feb 17, 2008 11:54 AM, R A Brown <ray@...> wrote:
> Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitudinem.
Any reason for this not being 'necessitatem'? (My Latin isn't quite good enough to tell the difference, but IIRC that's the standard version...)


R A Brown <ray@...>
R A Brown <ray@...>OT Ockham's razor (was: Conlanging with constraints)
Mr Veoler <veoler@...>