I'm thinking of making a portemanteau language: all (well, most) of the words are portmanteaux of words from various languages. For example, the word for sky would hypothetically be ciora (
Sounds like a fun idea.
Патрислав Андреевич wrote:I hate how I think way too much about every word or grammatical paradigm I create, and change it multiple times because "it still isn't good enough." And then I scrap it anyway. Doesn't take me anywhere!
As for the discussion on intelligibility, my opinion is that the less sense it makes, the better it is as an actual language. I mean, of course constructed languages will never be on "equal footing" with natural languages (if that's a good way to put it), but the more realistic a conlang is, the more interesting it has the potential to be. Not necessarily realistic in the sense that it's learnable or that it makes sense internally, but rather that it sounds
real and could "fool" professional linguists into thinking it was some extinct language isolate or such if it was presented on its own without context. Maybe that's a bit weird way to look at it, but the point is that I feel like if a conlang grows beyond its creator's grasp, that's a good thing. Someone might "discover" connections to actual languages (whether pure coincidences or subconscious quirks) and it could go on to live a life of its own.
This is why I consider glossolalia to be a valid pseudo-linguistic practice. That may be something of an oxymoron, but trust me when I say that I'm too much of a moron to care.
Maybe this would better fit a new thread, but I don't want to become known as an annoying douche who makes random threads on a whim (if I'm not already that), but here's an idea: how about speed conlanging? There's speed painting, speed writing, etc. so speedlanging should be pretty interesting... quickly coming up with gibberish that looks/sounds like it could make sense but doesn't, maybe along with half-arsed translations and some jumble to go along with it as a brief description. These could have the potential to con linguists, giving another meaning to conlanging, but I'm not sure if that's an entirely bad thing. Or, alternatively, making a conlang in a day and that being all, but I don't know if that'd result in anything even remotely interesting.Quickly coming up with a conlang...
Plural prefix: ál-
Possessive suffix: -ne (added to possessor)
Adjective suffix: -us
Negative suffix: -lód
1st person pronoun: ca
2nd pp: ja
3rd pp: qa
to be - at
(1st sin, 1st plu, 2nd sin, 2nd plu, 3rd sin, 3rd plu)
to be able to - uku
one - géns
two - nárs
three - lébs
and - elc
language - kaurwál
horse - gemmi
horn - kúl
unicorn - génkúlgemmiÁlcane kaurwál ad génkúlgemmus elc álja ukulódétar elc ukulódútar.
Our language is unicorny and you haven't learned it and you couldn't learn it.