ironandredwoods:

peo sfælös afirl
(It’s all in your head)

ironandredwoods:

peo sfælös afirl

(It’s all in your head)

ironandredwoods:

ekklun hörmarum ekkä
(Lean into your failures)

gosh beautiful enough for you

ironandredwoods:

ekklun hörmarum ekkä

(Lean into your failures)

gosh beautiful enough for you

How sounds are used in languages across the world, what sounds are the most common, and some phonology terms to help understand the lot of it - for those interested in linguistics and/or conlanging.

imihainan:

Alstuwefosì melá relèlo.Stay close to the great spirit.
I am still writing in all the consonants, but that is just because I still forget what I wrote.

imihainan:

Alstuwefosì melá relèlo.
Stay close to the great spirit.

I am still writing in all the consonants, but that is just because I still forget what I wrote.

DIY Language

moosader:

So the plus side of my part-time job is that it’s easy and I have lots of time to brainstorm and scribble notes in my pocket-sized notepad (apparently scribbling in my notepad all day is OK but using your cellphone isn’t. But that’s OK, I’m more productive with pen and paper).

The down side is, well, it’s close to minimum wage.  I’ve already talked about how I could make the same amount in an hour vs. one day of work if I did software development instead, but the point wasn’t to find a job I liked or a job that paid well or had security - it was to find something unobtrusive that would pay my basic bills, and keep me from draining my savings account.

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So today, among coming up with a lot of ideas for YouTube video serieses, games to make, and sketches of chairs (“My feet hurt I want to sit down”), I spent some time thinking of language invention. Since so far, I’ve learned other peoples’ languages, but I really have no confidence in my ability to make my own.

But if I did make my own, what might it have?

What about no gender specifiers? Sure, maybe words to specify your sexual organs, but no ability to call something “feminine” or “masculine”; no “mom” or “dad”, just “parent”. No “son” or “daughter”, just “child”. Would removing gendered labels allow people to think of others, and themselves, just as individuals, who can be defined by a multitude of parameters, not just choose one of two category subsets?

What would I make a language sound like? From what I’ve studied, I really think that Japanese has been the easiest to pronounce. Maybe I’d use the same sort of system, with “sounds” instead of letters. No solitary “r”, no diphthong “th”, simple sounds.

Now, that’s about as far as I can really go. I don’t know much of anything about grammar or how to write a proper one.

I did think of writing a program to randomly generate vocabulary words based on rule sets (i.e., “only these letters”, “all consonants followed by a letter”, “no diphthongs”).

Maybe I could just “fork” another language’s base grammatical rules and build on top of that. ;P

people can and do use the grammatical structures of natural languages to build their conlangs, but if you want, there are other options. if you can find grammars online (or in a library), take a look at some very unrelated languages, just to see how they do things. spend time on wikipedia looking at all of the different noun cases/ case systems or grammatical gender/ class systems, and verb modals and aspects. or, hang out with other conlangers and see what they’re doing, since we often explore territory that natural languages don’t.

I’ve been busy… just not here!

Hello lovely followers!

I haven’t been posting much here lately, and it’s largely because I’m now doing a lot of conlanging over at the conlang workshop. It’s still under development but it’s a great site for organizing and sharing your language.

Anyways, if you were interested to know more about Vodholk than you probably wanted to, check out my articles on action direction, pronouns, the handshape dictionary, and phonology!

(more to come, of course)

(as a note - I’m not “quitting” tumblr conlanging, there’s just some better organizational tools over there, like the articles.)

Font Pack

dachiikardak:

halonia:

dachiikardak:

I need to find a way…a cheap or free way to turn my conscript into a typeable font for my computer. I was looking into Fontlab studio, but its almost $700, not quite worth it if conlanging isn’t a full time paying job…I also emailed MyScriptFont, but have not received a response to my queries. Any suggestions?

myscriptfont.com is a free, albeit somewhat limited, option… what have you emailed them for? what do you need?

I need a complete font layout for a keyboard so I can type in my conlang, but I need a lot if characters with multiple types, ie: key for /a/ then shift /a/ as well as control /a/ basically keyed to assign multiple forms for graphemes.

ah, I’m afraid I don’t really know how to help you there, sorry. 

maybe something here is of use?

I’ve pretty much given up on being able to type most of my ‘langs in their native orthographies, sighs.

Cody’s Big Guide to Landmass Creation (For World Building)

beardhomo:

Alright I make no claims to actually have any idea what I’m doing or be good at this but I figured I’d share how I make relatively realistic and believable landmasses for world building purposes.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Google Images (or a camera)
  • Some kind of image manipulation program like Photoshop, GIMP, etc. (I’m using GIMP for this.)
  • Some time (maybe like 20 minutes).
  • Honestly like zero artistic ability.

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man the rumpled texture actually looks pretty great on its own!

Font Pack

dachiikardak:

I need to find a way…a cheap or free way to turn my conscript into a typeable font for my computer. I was looking into Fontlab studio, but its almost $700, not quite worth it if conlanging isn’t a full time paying job…I also emailed MyScriptFont, but have not received a response to my queries. Any suggestions?

myscriptfont.com is a free, albeit somewhat limited, option… what have you emailed them for? what do you need?

the vodholk word for ‘rain’ is lafa [lava] because why not