November 27th, 2014 by Bad conlanging ideas

Make wikipedia articles about how your conlang increases the intelligence of kids who learn it, and how it is beneficial both for the whole gamut of mankind - scientists, homemakers, and special needs people.


November 27th, 2014 by Bad conlanging ideas

A language that implements if and switch structures, for and while loops, and tail recursion.

cranberry is aharalo

November 27th, 2014 by Mariska
aharalo = cranberry (noun) (some things Google found for "aharalo": a rare term; bad OCR of old newspaper texts; appears on several gobbledygook webpages; similar ahora lo means now it in Spanish)

Word derivation for "cranberry" :
Basque = ahabi garratz (literally "blueberry bitter")
Finnish = karpalo
Miresua = aharalo

This is a new word. Cranberry sauce is a traditional dish at Thanksgiving dinners.

The word cranberry doesn't occur in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or Through the Looking-glass.


November 27th, 2014 by Bad conlanging ideas

have a mood for sexual fantasies.

"In my sexual fantasy, I’m wrapping my sparkling arms around you. In my sexual fantasy, you smile sheepishly. In my sexual fantasy, I rasp: "In my sexual fantasy, you’re kissing me." Then, in my sexual fantasy, you kiss me. I am aroused. In my sexual fantasy, I am also aroused."


November 26th, 2014 by Bad conlanging ideas

Make a descendant of Rotokas where /a/ merges into /e/, the [s] allophone of /t/ is lost, /b g/ become /w j/ (written <w y>), and /k/ becomes a glottal stop (written <q>).


November 26th, 2014 by Bad conlanging ideas

A conlang where pronouns, adjectives, and nouns are declined for tenses. Each pronoun/adjective/noun is different depending on what tense it is in.


November 26th, 2014 by Bad conlanging ideas

Make a descendant of Rotokas where /a/ merges into /e/, /k/ becomes a glottal stop (written <q>), and /b g/ become /w j/ (written <w y>).

A moment of thanks

November 26th, 2014 by Bad conlanging ideas

Hi, everyone! I must say - I started this blog initially around late July as a joke among a few of my friends on a conlanging IRC channel, and at first it was never intended to be more than that. As time has passed, though, this blog has somehow ballooned in popularity. First it was just me spreading the link around to other conlangers, but now people who don’t know me spread the link to people to other people who don’t know me, which I am shocked and happy at. Now, as I pass 600 followers, I’d just like to say, thanks to all of you for reading and contributing to Bad Conlanging Ideas! Y’all’s continued circulation and submissions are what keeps this blog fresh, and I thank y’all heartily for doing so. I encourage y’all to keep submitting ideas.

Lintörpönu nakxoxooklax! (Thank y’all for following!)


November 26th, 2014 by Bad conlanging ideas

A reverse abuguida- that is, the script has vowels whose diacritics indicate consonants.

<aîò ëéà ìu> = /tarino kesena nitu/

Detail #124: Topics and Case Marking

November 25th, 2014 by Miekko
It seems to me that topics would be a natural place for the case marking rules in a language to have any number of exceptions - and I even imagine these exceptions could be both towards less marking or more marking.

One idea could be to conflate all case marking on topics with the nominative, except that the accusative is retained for objects of a certain nature, and some very specific verb phrases retain specific markings - say the language has a Finnish/Russian-like predicative possession construction, maybe that particular case is retained as well in that particular construction.

Another idea could be to have, say, differential marking on subjects or objects - but only when they're topics. (So, non-topic objects are exclusively accusative, but as topics they can also be some other case - nominative or dative or whathaveyou, subjects as non-topics are exclusively nominative, but for topical subjects, the genitive gives definite subjects).

The justification why case marking could be less detailed follows from the example of Chinese, where cases often have no adpositions. The intuition we could have for this is that the topic is a sort of obvious participant in some way, and we are more likely to be able to expect its role in the sentence than other constituents' roles. However, on the other hand, topics could also imaginably attract more marking, as very central constituents in clauses.