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CONLANG Digest - 18 Mar 2002 to 19 Mar 2002 (#2002-74)

From:Sean M. Burke <sburke@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 20, 2002, 6:07
At Tue, 19 Mar 2002 20:48:18 -0600, Peter Clark wrote:
> > Do you use a random number generator [to make up new words]? > > I've tried this, and one of these days I'm going to try to write > an improved >version, but for every good word that a word generator creates, I have to >throw out at least five. On the other hand, a word generator is good when you >think that all the words are starting to sound too much alike.
Could you give me an example of words that you have to throw out, versus words you consider keepers? I'm curious whether it's just a matter of your generator just not having a phonotaxis filter, or whether it's something more subtle than that. I have some background in probablistic phonology and phonotaxis, and might be able to lend a hand. -- Sean M. Burke