|From:||Aquamarine Demon <aquamarine_demon@...>|
|Date:||Friday, January 7, 2005, 20:16|
>>I've still never complete a conlang
I would like to ask for advices.<<
I agree with the people that have already answered you: a conlang can
never truly be completed. However, I know what you mean, though; you've
yet to make progress on a conlang to the point where it has been usable.
Well, I haven't either. I think my problem is that I try to make them
logical, but they never end up logical. Maybe I should let go of that;
after all, most natlangs are far from logical. In any case, I think the
key to satisfactory completion of a language, and one that I intend to use
this time around, is translation exercises, and lots of them. That way you
can organically grow vocabulary and see whether the grammar makes sense.
>>What kind of conlang should I try to create first?
should I keep it simple with a little conjugaison, vocabulary similar to
my mother tongue, avoid complicated or too different concepts?
should I first try to create something similar to languages I speak?<<
I think it's important to branch out a little from ones first language,
but I would only use concepts that you understand completely. Otherwise
you'll never be comfortable with what you've created. For example, my last
language failed for me because I introduced way too many concepts that
were new to me and that I didn't have a full grasp of. (Well, that and I
seem to have the attention span of a goldfish. ;) But that's beside the
point.) Ultimately, it's up to you what sort of language you want to do.
No one language type in itself is easier or harder than another, it all
depends on what you're comfortable with.
>>Is a kind of language easier to create in flexionnal, agglutinative, andisolating?<<
Well, in my opinion, these types all have their strengths and weaknesses,
but like I said, no one type is inherently easier (or better or more
useful) than another.
>>It is simply because I don't want to continue to create great ideas ofgrammars and never make the rest of the conlang around it
Well, if you've got a good grammar, the rest of it should be easier. ;) If
you're having trouble with vocabulary in particular, look to other
languages for inspiration. I was an aide in my high school's library last
year, so in my down time there I took notes from a book called The World's
Major Languages, edited by Bernard Comrie. It's mostly grammar, but it
does include some vocabulary, plus it's an interesting book.
Anyway, hope I haven't been repetitive.
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