Re: probably a bloody obvious question...
|From:||Marcus Smith <smithma@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, August 20, 2000, 22:05|
Yoon Ha Lee wrote:
>When y'all design languages, do you have a checklist or template you work
>from? I'm using the Language Construction Kit and Pablo Flores' pages
>for now--I find them an easy-to-use starting point due to my lack of
When I first started conlanging I used a checklist. I moved down the list,
filling in details as I went.
Gender? If so, what types.
Case: How many? which ones? (Zero was not an option back then)
Dual or no dual? (Plural was a given).
Post- or prepositions?
Which features does it agree with the noun for?
Noun-Adj or Adj-Noun
I began to feel like I was just assembling things, rather than creating, so I
abandoned checklists completely. Now I take a much more "organic"
start with a basic idea of a couple features, and pursue it, devising new
traits as they come along. I have gaps in basic areas following this
procedure, but I'm filling them in as I write my grammar.