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Re: Keeping Track of Ambiguity in your Conlang?

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Friday, August 30, 2002, 15:30
On Fri, Aug 30, 2002 at 10:03:46AM -0400, Amanda Babcock wrote:
> Has anybody come up with a way of tracking accidental homonymy (due to > inflections or compounding) in their conlang, short of devising an > unambiguous scheme for its morphology?
I've tried, but haven't really succeeded. It does help somewhat that I generally know most Ebisedian words by heart, and can double-check when coining a new word whether ambiguities would result. I've *tried* devising an unambiguous scheme for Ebisedian's morphology, but found it too restrictive. Besides, it would've precluded some of the irregular words that I just felt *compelled* to include in Ebisedian.
> Making it guaranteed-unambiguous only works for really regular agglutinating > or isolating things, and I've always wanted to do something with lots of > fusion and internal inflection. I could accept a certain amount of ambiguity > as naturalistic, but I'd want to keep it limited to a reasonable amount, as > well as come up with likely paraphrases that the speakers would use in place > of overly-ambiguous words.
Hey, that's a good idea. Some parts of Ebisedian tend to be a little too ambiguous for my tastes; I guess I should start coining paraphrases for them. :-) Thanks for the tip! :-)
> So I'd like to write something that would take the lexicon and apply > every valid transformation to every word, recursive to several levels, > and then find duplicates. Has anyone tried this before?
[snip] I *thought* about this many times, esp. since I've already written quite a number of automated tools for working with Ebisedian. However, there are too many irregularities in inflectional rules, etc., that would make this impractical. I'd *like* to do something like this, but unfortunately I suspect it's not feasible. T -- The most powerful one-line C program: #include "/dev/tty" -- IOCCC