Archive for May, 2015

Conlang Expert Sought for Personal Conlang Project

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Description

Myla St Crispin is looking for a conlang expert to help her flesh out a conlang sketch she has created. She has specific ideas as to the aesthetics of the language, but needs the help of an experienced conlanger to flesh it out into a full, usable language.
The deliverables for this project are:

  • A full conlang with a 500-1000 words vocabulary. This language’s vocabulary should be connotative rather than denotative, thus a small vocabulary is enough. If an extension of the language is needed, this can be negotiated separately;
  • An orthography for the conlang. Here again, the employer wants to incorporate some specific concepts in this writing system, but needs an experienced person to help her flesh it out.

Employer

Myla St Crispin

Application Period

Open until filled

Term

The conlang and orthography should be ready by end August.

Compensation

$600 ($300 upfront, $300 on final delivery). Compensation for additional work can be negotiated.

To Apply

Email commedesfees “at” gmail “dot” com to express your interest in the project. The employer is based in the Los Angeles area, and would prefer to work with someone local, but this is not a strict requirement.

Note: Please assume that comments left on this post will not be read by the employer.

bird is txitu (revisited)

Sunday, May 31st, 2015
txitu = bird (noun) (Some things Google found for "txitu": a unusual term; user names; similar txistu is a Basque fipple flute (end-blown flute) with three-holes; txitu‑ò appears in a New Testament translation in Karajá which is an indigenous language of central Brazil; similar Chitu is the name of a horse that raced in the 2014 Kentucky Derby)

Word derivation for "bird" :
Basque = txori, Finnish = lintu
Miresua = txitu

My previous Miresua word for bird was tirlu, which was an odd alphabetic scramble I constructed back in 2009. For my new word, I thought I'd let my word for bird start with TX. In Miresua, as in Basque, TX is pronounced like CH.

The word bird, plus birds, occurs a dozen times in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
"Very true," said the Duchess: "flamingoes and mustard both bite. And the moral of that is -- 'Birds of a feather flock together.'"

"Only mustard isn't a bird," Alice remarked.

My First Conlang #18

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

My first conlang was basically what you get if you put Finnish, Swedish and German in a power-blender, with maybe just a few components of English thrown in too (i.e. /ð θ/). Swedish-style definite suffixes combined with German-style full-on congruence on a separate, NP-initial article. A Finnish-style case system, obviously, but combined with three genders. The morphophonology was taken from the dialect of Swedish that I speak, so k > tʃ /_[front vowel] g > j / _[front vowel] when affixes were applied, p > f / _t when affixes were applied, and a bunch of alveolar > retroflex / r_.

My first conlang #17

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

My very first conlang? Regularised Latin as an IAL! (basically, aligned the declensions with the genders, and kept a single verb conjugation paradigm)

Oh, and even at that young age (I was 12 :P) I was aware of the Eurocentrism issue. My solution: replace all roots and morphemes in my regularised Latin with a priori creations! Because clearly that was a great solution to that problem.

So basically I’d ended up with a language that had an a priori vocabulary on top of a regularised Latin grammar. Weird that it didn’t catch on right? :P

Language Needed for an Evolving Online Game World

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Description

A language is needed for an evolving online game world. The language
is intended to be presented to players in historical documents. Must
be consistent with an existing script and romanization that have been
developed. Initial work will be about 1200 words. Further milestones
will be negotiated with the employer.

Employer

Ben Robinson

Application Period

Open until filled.

Term

Initial milestone needed within three to six months

Compensation

$400 for initial milestone, consisting of a complete grammar and
lexicon of 1200 words, suggestions for further development (needed
vocabulary), and a few key translations. Additional milestones to be
negotiated.

To Apply

Send an email to *at* *dot* *dot*

Feel free to contact the employer with any questions you have about the position.

Note: Please assume that comments left on this post will not be read by the employer.

Language Needed for an Evolving Online Game World

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Description

A language is needed for an evolving online game world. The language
is intended to be presented to players in historical documents. Must
be consistent with an existing script and romanization that have been
developed. Initial work will be about 1200 words. Further milestones
will be negotiated with the employer.

Employer

Ben Robinson

Application Period

Open until filled.

Term

Initial milestone needed within three to six months

Compensation

$400 for initial milestone, consisting of a complete grammar and
lexicon of 1200 words, suggestions for further development (needed
vocabulary), and a few key translations. Additional milestones to be
negotiated.

To Apply

Send an email to conlang *at* floren *dot* com *dot* au

Feel free to contact the employer with any questions you have about the position.

Note: Please assume that comments left on this post will not be read by the employer.

My first conlang #16

Friday, May 29th, 2015

My first conlang was essentially English, with a different word order and words pronounced for the most part like Japanese. Of course, being a 12 year old weeaboo, I wrote terrible yaoi fics in said language.

My first conlang #15

Friday, May 29th, 2015

My first full-blown conlang was meant to be some sort of English creole. The systems of noun and verb inflection were simplifications of the already mild amount of inflection in English (hence nouns were not inflected for case), but just to make things more interesting I came up with about 8 or 10 weird-looking case endings for adjectives.

My first conlang #14

Friday, May 29th, 2015

My first conlang was a cipher me and a friend developed in the middle of class.

My second conlang was a relex of Old Norse.

Shameless Self Promotion

Friday, May 29th, 2015


I figured I could just as well promote my own music a bit.


Both pieces are in 11-tone equal temperament - a scale most of my readers probably never have heard anything in, since almost all western music is either in 12-tone equal temperament or in some "adaptive just intonation" of some vague sort. This adds quite a number of complications for the composer to grapple with, but I think I've rather managed to overcome some of these challenges with these two pieces – the first two instalments of a series of songs with somewhat similar ideas underlying them.

For the record, microtonal theorists kept saying that 11-tone equal temperament is very useless except for atonal music until at the very least a fair bit into the previous decade.