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I woke up thinking of conlanging today, and maaaan I really want to work on Lexiconga today.

@bvtsang I suppose it _could_ count, but I wanna write short stories or long stories. Fiction and whatnot. The majority of my Mastodon writing is personal nonfiction. :P

@bvtsang Prose, mainly... I could (and do) write code all day every day.

I wanna write something. Why can't I write anything?

@latinamnonvoco I should try that method sometime. My problem is usually that I never start writing in the first place because I keep getting caught up on "I have no ideas, what's the point of trying". ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I also noticed that I've been using "100%" as shorthand for "completely" a lot recently too. I don't know what that says about me, but I like it so whatever I guess.

I've noticed that I use the phrase "definitely probably" and "probably definitely" a lot and I'm not completely sure where that came from.

I learned about allophones yesterday, which is exactly what my ehw needed to allow flexibility with the vowels!

I also added the concept of word doubling to either emphasize or expand the meaning of a given word. This will allow a tiny vocabulary to have a lot of flexibility! Plus it's fun to say things twice sometimes. :)

Yay! Some guys from my DnD group might learn toki pona with me! I finally have a reason to learn it! haha

Can I get your opinion?

Do you think pairing valid secondary pronunciations of vowels would be helpful or just make things more confusing? i.e. pronounce /ə/ as /æ/, /ʊ/ as /u/, and /ɛ/ as /e/.

My bet would be confusing, but maybe allowing for the flexibility would be helpful?

Maybe could add additional meaning/emotion to words so people can choose how they want to express themselves in slightly more specific ways? Then again that would probably definitely be confusing...

In other news, here's my lexiconga for ehw, my simple, air-limited . There are only 25 words so far and not all the grammar is in place, but this is kinda the direction I'm going with it:

I'll still post updates and things I like about what I'm doing with it here, but this is in case anyone ever wants to check out what I've done so far. 😄

@malkosh @malkosh

Also, this is helpful too:

Phonemic vs phonetic transcription for writing pronunciation.

A helpful reference for me (and anyone else, too):

"Graphemes or sequences of them are sometimes placed between angle brackets, as in ⟨b⟩ or ⟨back⟩. This distinguishes them from phonemic transcription, which is placed between slashes (/b/, /bæk/), and from phonetic transcription, which is placed between square brackets ([b], [bæk])."

@malkosh Thanks! Well as I do keep working on it, I'll be posting about it here. Probably infrequently, but still occasionally, because I like the idea, too. :D

@malkosh I was imagining a lot of loan words being imported into the culture that used the language to supplement and expand the base language so that the speakers would be able to have those conversations though.

@malkosh That's the main idea on the surface, but it's also to preserve as much air and energy as possible, which would be helpful in a lot of situations. Grammar will be the hardest part to work out, but I think using simple pre/suffixes to mark words and simple association via adjacent words would help simplify the grammar to a point that might be comfortable. It'll also be a very immediate-context-heavy language, not completely fit for heady or time-oriented conversations.

I'm gonna try to make a super simple conlang like toki pona but the entire phonology is just the consonants that are easiest for early childhood speech development to use, a collection of mid-mouth vowels, and as many single-syllable words as possible, designed to use the smallest amount of energy to speak words.

p, b, m, n, w, t, d, h, ʔ (unwritten, only for preceding vowels without consonants)
ə <a>, ɪ <i>, ʊ <u>, ɛ <e>

Here's a Zirka proverb that applies to me at a deep level, especially right now:

jo shir loch: uch fab luram, chog uch sadof udofus.

The fool says, “I need sleep, yet I remain awake.”