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.
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.