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Re: Conlang by Mutation

From:lblissett <blissett@...>
Date:Sunday, December 21, 2003, 10:47
I've tried doing things like this in the past, mainly to create small naming
vocabularies for languages which resemble ones that are related to our own
or to languages in the past. I have no interest in doing the work of
constructing plausible conlangs for each of these incidental languages, so
using a mutation process is the easiest way.

Unfortunately, beyond some simple and intuitive phonology changes, I don't
really know what sort of mutations would be useful. It would be interesting
to design a set of mutations -- a sort of script -- that could be applied
more-or-less universally to a vocabulary or to a set of grammatical rules.

- Blissett

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gary Shannon" <fiziwig@...>
To: <CONLANG@...>
Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2003 5:43 PM
Subject: Conlang by Mutation

><snip> > What about a project to _evolve_ an entire constructed > language by discrete steps, or _mutations_, starting > with English or some other familiar base language, and > ending up with a new language that bears no > resemblance whatsoever to the base language in either > its grammar or its vocabulary. As in Twain's article, > this conlang could be not only described, but actually > evolved within the context of a book, long article, or > web page. Each mutation would be described and then > applied and used in the text as soon as it is > introduced. Interesting essays or short stories on a > variety of subjects could be provided in the text to > demonstrate the usage of the current mutations, and to > give the reader the opportunity to become familiar > with, and fluent in the mutated version.