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Re: How to start to make a language?

From:Christopher Wright <faceloran@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 7, 2002, 15:17
Christophe sekalge:
>Note that simplicity can lead to weirdity too: one of the reasons
>orthography is so strange and counter-intuitive is that I tried to map
>phonemes to 17 letters, without any diacritic of any sort. This doesn't
>without some problems ;))) .
As I found when I mashed Tallefkeul into the Greek alphabet. I got a few extra digraphs, to say the least, but I got rid of one, replacing it with a different ambiguity: /y/ versus /j/. (Most of my digraphs are ambiguous, especially those that involve vowels.)
>I'd add this one: for a first >language, don't try to make too original a phonological inventory.
And make a small one, perhaps a Hawaiian clone (even if it's based on Georgian). That's just what I recommend for simplicity's sake. Also, don't be afraid to change the inventory; just be aware that doing so might take a lot of work. Laimes, Wright. ____ "Through not observing the thoughts of another a man is seldom unhappy, but he who does not observe the movements of his own mind must of necessity be unhappy." --Marcus Aurelius