Conlangery #09: Formality and Register

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Listen to David Peterson talk to Tom Merritt and Veronica Belmont on Sword and Laser #68: Ad-libbing in Dothraki We’re all about formality today, from the intricate politeness system of Korean to some crazy Nahuatl stuff to the subtle syntax of the English polite request.  We talk on just what kind of things languages do… Read more »

Conlangery #08: Kinship Terms

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We talk about kinship terminology: what kinds of kinship schemes exist in reality, how they are related to family structure and marriage customs, and where you can find resources to give you ideas about these concepts.  We also talk a little about Tepa (which I mispronounce a couple of times in the episode, it should… Read more »

Conlangery #07: Word Creation

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George says: check out the LCS Podcast interview of Sheri Wells-Jensen.  Meanwhile, on this side of the conlanging podosphere (literally, the other side, there are only two podcasts), we talk a little about how you can fill out that lexicon with words.  And after that we talk about a language whose creator apparantly decided not… Read more »

Conlangery #06: Linguistic Typology

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We talk at length about linguistic typology and all the weird and wonderful tendencies that human languages seem to have.  We also talk a little on Láadan, the language for women that our own token woman isn’t too fond of (philosophy-wise, anyway). Resources: The Universals Archive The World Atlas of Language Structure Online (WALS) Featured Conlang:… Read more »

Conlangery #05: Scripts and Writing

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We’re back to talk about scripts: what kind of script to use, how con-history fits into it, tips for developing a realistic script, etc.  Then we talk about a language that, while not having a unique writing system per se, has incorporated existing systems in an interesting way. Featured Conlang: Rangyayo (see here, here and… Read more »

Conlangery #04: Getting Started

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It’s just George and Bianca this week, as Will ended up dealing with the spontaneous combustion of a server.  We do our best to stumble through some some recommendations for new conlangers and later take a look at an interesting little Germanic conlang. Links The Language Construction Kit The Zompist Bulletin Board The Conlanger Bulletin… Read more »

Topic Suggestion Form and Voicemail

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I have created a form for people to make suggestions about main topics as well as featured conlangs for the show.  Just click on the “suggestions” tab above.  Make sure you leave a good description of topics and include links for any featured conlangs, so that we know what you are talking about. Also, I… Read more »

Conlangery #03: The Good and the Bad

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George finally gets Bianca’s last name right (it’s [mæŋgəm]) and we talk a little about people mispronouncing our names.  Then we get into what makes a language good or bad, and don’t come to much of a good conclusion other than the old “eye of the beholder.”  Then after Bianca leaves Will and George are… Read more »

Conlangery #02: Promoting Your Conlang

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We have William Annis of www.learnnavi.org on to talk about promoting conlangs, and also talk a little bit about Na’vi. Learn Na’vi http://media.blubrry.com/conlangery/p/content.blubrry.com/conlangery/Conlangery02.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

Conlangery #01: Why Conlang?

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Tomás insults George’s Spanish, then we get into a discussion about why we conlang and just how personal the hobby is.  Then, we talk a little about measure words and genders, and about our Conlang of the Week: Feayran — The language of a race of shapeshifters created by David Edwards. Links: Wikipedia on measure… Read more »