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The Vbyinu Sea

It started with the corvids of Bulgaria, of which there are many.  Then I turned to awkwords, a random word generator I’ve played with before. One fun technique is to give the program a bank of sounds and a model for … Continue reading

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New Cities

I don’t have much this week, but I do have any idea about making up European-sounding city names. Split the names of European capital cities up into syllables (Am Ster Dam etc) Some syllables are empty, some are spaces.* Plug … Continue reading

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My Utopia-Makework

No that’s not just French written in a stupid font! As yeli-renrong notes, the above message is “a Balto-Slavic–Japanese creole that happens to resemble French,” with the pronunciation /ˈjaw̥pʁʲendʁɛˀ ʰmnɛ lɔnʲˈgujɛ əse ʁɛntsˈnonˀtʁʲeʁ weˈmøndə/. But what does it mean? Things will be … Continue reading

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Future language!

I worked so hard on these lines. Vivek thrust his nose in the air and affected a slushy Present Day drawl, “Some undisciplintt fewp setch me, officah! ‘Z vrath smutt lait alcohol ‘n shradu chat ma calothas prrojectah! Wet des, … Continue reading

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Macedonian Andzhija

“Bokaθa, чoθa ŭee tu efŭe on Mъra is to mar-grяθa kuцa on masaθa. Mъra ŭil unzъrstanst meθъs bokiцe ŭilneŭol яm яk efŭe. Tu me яm efŭe!*” Thus begins the 19-th century novel Чenaθa mя Mъro** (“Maria, my Wife!”), by Uiktar Konstantzinthas, the popular novel of … Continue reading

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Learning Kalispel: phonotactics and sentence structure

Back again with more lessons on the Kalispel language. The workbook is getting into some simple questions and answers, so this time I can talk about what I think might be Kalispel sentence structure. I won’t know if I’m right … Continue reading

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Future English

I’ve been thinking a lot about the next 150 years of the English language for The Centuries Unlimited. And then there was that “spelling pronunciation” post on tumbler that got me and some other people talking… And before you know … Continue reading

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Japanese Phrasal Verbs?

I was going to write this week about Kalispel numbers, but yesterday I learned something interesting in Japanese class. I already knew the verb hikkosu (引っ越す*; to move house), but yesterday I learned the verb ikineku (生きねく; to survive something**) … Continue reading

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Learning Kalispel: Orthography

Okay, I had a dream in Kalispel Salish* last night, which I guess is a signal I need to talk about it. It all started when I found this webpage of the Kalispel Tribe  which has both written and recordings … Continue reading

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Baby Talks: Consonant Harmony

I noticed something cool while I was singing the finger family song to my 2-year-old daughter this morning: consonant harmony. Me: Mommy finger mommy finger where are you? Her: Mommy minger! Me: Daddy finger… Her: Daddy binger! Me: Kaka (big … Continue reading

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