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Re: Conlanging with constraints

From:David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>
Date:Saturday, February 16, 2008, 13:58
Kelenala, a language of mine, was designed to be a fully functional
creole composed of nothing but the words in a wordlist, seen


An example of the result of this is the TMA system:


Short version: in the original word list, there are no tense markers,
or anything of the kind.  Instead, I used locative prepositions to
fill in, plus some other strategies.

"A male love inevivi i'ala'i oku i ue pokulu'ume o heki a."
"No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."

-Jim Morrison

On Feb 16, 2008, at 12∞59 AM, Sai Emrys wrote:

> I'm considering a topic for a talk at a future LCC, about conlanging > with constraints. > > A literary allusion that comes to mind is that of the Abbe in Count of > Monte Cristo, responding to the future Count's suggestion that as a > free man is inventiveness might have known no bounds, to say that it > were the bounds themselves that made him inventive. > > Drushek, Kēlen, and Toki Pona are some examples that come to mind > offhand as being in some sense formed by the constraints within which > they flourish - voicelessness, verblessness, and complicatedlessness > (hee). > > What are other examples? > > 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? > > Please consider this a completely open-ended question (i.e. pretend I > asked you the right question to elicit the most interesting answer > :-P). > > Thanks, > Sai > > P.S. If you would be interested in *giving* this talk, please contact > me at through the official address. I'm not yet sure > whether I would like to do it myself (in a way that I'd be confident > was good enough), and I have no particular possessiveness about the > topic - I'd just like to see it explored in some depth at an LCC, > 'cause I think it'd be interesting.