Re: probably a bloody obvious question...
|From:||Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, August 20, 2000, 22:24|
On Sun, 20 Aug 2000, Marcus Smith wrote:
> 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.
I would someday like to use a categorical gender system (a la Swahili?)
but it's too much to handle right now.
> Dual or no dual? (Plural was a given).
<wry g> Whereas I'm ignoring singular/plural distinctions because that's
a feature I like from Korean/Japanese.
> 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"
> approach. I
> 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.
Perhaps someday I'll try that approach. As I'm still learning, though, I
think I'll keep it structured until I know what I'm doing. Thanks!