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Re: creating words (was Re: "Language Creation" in your conlang)

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Sunday, November 16, 2003, 2:03
Quoting JS Bangs <jaspax@...>:

> Andreas Johansson sikyal: > > > > I think you can get away with leaving it incomplete. Come up with a > > > basic phonoloyg, some gramatical suffixes (or have the protolang be > > > isolating, depending on the present lang), and vocab. Syntax, et al. > > > can be pretty much ignored, except for some basic issues like > > > adjective-noun order (for determining compound words), since syntax > > > tends to be pretty changeable over time. > > > > I find even that level of completeness hard to achieve when what I really > want > > to do is elaborating the "modern" language. Conjuring up an ancestral > > phonology and phonotaxis with some grammatical markers isn't that hard, > but > > making a large number of ancestral roots before I start the (already > painfully > > slow) process of creating vocabulary for the modern language(s) is. > > > > So what happens is I invent a "modern", usually Tairezazh, word, work out > a > > possible ancestral form, and then goes forward again to the sister > languages. > > What's wrong with that? No one said that you had to *complete* the parent > language before making the daughter languages, you just have to have some > idea of what it is.
No-one's said it's anything wrong with it. It's just that the thought of constructing a language family in the "right" sequence is appealing in theory, I find I cannot do it in practice.
> What you described is, in practice, what I usually do > with Yivrian. So long as the roots you create conform to the ancient > phonotactics, you're fine.
Since the ancestral phonotactics where originally arrived at by running Tairezazh phonology backwards thru various sound-changes, that's not particularly hard! Andreas