A method of generating "flavored" words
|From:||Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, August 5, 2006, 2:15|
Here's an interesting procedure I stumbled upon while playing with word
generation. Take words from a lnaguage whose flavor you wish to capture. This
can be your own conlang to generate "matching" words, or any natlang you would
like to copy the flavor of. Or it could even be a combination of two or more
different natlangs to get a blended flavor.
Collect a few dozen or more words. Divide those words into VCV groups where the
V's represent ALL the adjacent vowels in a word and the C represents ALL the
adjacent consonants. For example, the English word "miniature" would become
"-mi", "inia", "iatu", and "ure". "school" would become "-schoo" and "ool".
These groups will be assembled together with other groups from other words with
the rule being that the complete set of adjacent ending vowels must match the
complete set of starting vowels for the attached group.
Thus "inia" (from "miniature") could be followed by "iate" (from "alleviate"),
but it could NOT be followed by "ave" (from "have") because "a" does not
completely match "ia".
Here are a few random samples to show how the generated words usually retain
the general flavor of the language from which the groups were drawn:
== English ==
== Italian ==
== Swahili ==
== Dutch ==
Try it. You'll like it.