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Re: Conlanging with constraints

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 1:04
2008/2/16 Sai Emrys <sai@...>:

> How have you experienced your conlanging as being influenced (for > better or for worse) by constraints imposed upon it, of whatever > source? What constraints do you have, and whence derived? Why have you > imposed them? What constraints have you considered trying?
My engelang in progress is designed be very phonologically redundant by having no minimal pairs. That meant I had to generate words for it with scripts. I could have generated wordforms and then hand-picked what forms to match with what meanings, but because I am also trying a build-one-to-throw-away iterative design method, I automatically matched up the shortest word forms with word meanings I guessed would be most commonly needed, and the longer word forms with those that would be needed less often. Eventually these guesses about relative frequency will be replaced by results of actual corpus analysis, and meanings will be reassigned (probably to new word forms generated by an improved script or the same script working on improved format files). But that project has been stalled for a while, with my conlanging energies going toward gzb and Glossotechnia. The corpus isn't large or diverse enough to be worth doing a frequency analysis on yet. -- Jim Henry