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Re: Deciphering Conlangs

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Thursday, July 12, 2007, 14:13
On 6/25/07, John Crowe <johnxcrowe@...> wrote:

> There appears to be no search feature on the archive, so... have there been > or is there such a contest or puzzle where one tries to "decipher" conlangs > (or any lang) given a translation in a known language? (like how Egyptian > heiroglyphics were deciphered using Rosetta stone)
As far as I know, no one has done this before. I'm sorry I didn't have time to work on this one. I had a similar idea a while ago, and have deliberately avoided saying anything here about one of my conlangs because I eventually intend to use it for a challenge like this. My idea was to post a text in the conlang, then a week later post a translation of the last text into English, with a new text in the conlang; repeat indefinitely until somebody posts a translation of the last text before I do. But the conlang I intend to use for that isn't well enough developed yet for me to write those extensive texts. Eventually, I hope. -- Jim Henry