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Think of conlanging from languages backwards?

Postby Rounna » Tue 09 Feb 2010 8:03 pm

I just got the idea while listening to a feature on NPR. This girl speaks English
words backwards in sentences, but does not reverse English word order itself.
Just a creativity spike from a random source of inspiration.
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Now I wonder how you do that with tonal languages..
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Re: Think of conlanging from languages backwards?

Postby Anders » Wed 10 Feb 2010 1:18 am

Rounna wrote:Now I wonder how you do that with tonal languages..

He, interesting question! Had never thougt of it before. Since my mother tounge, Swedish, has a tonal quality I tried this out. And I don't revert the tone. I say it the way it sounds the best as if I spoke frontwards. I don't know how a lang like chinese would act, though.

gaj gås nedna 'I saw the goose' backwards
gaj gås nedna 'I saw the spirit' backwards

are being pronounced the same backwards, at least by me. It is different tones frontwards, though.
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Re: Think of conlanging from languages backwards?

Postby Remd » Mon 15 Feb 2010 6:12 pm

When I was a child I had a quite developed conlang with a big amount of vocabulary from backward Spanish words and invented grammar. It wasn't too imaginative, but sounded weird, which is what I wanted xD.
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Re: Think of conlanging from languages backwards?

Postby DmitryS » Tue 23 Feb 2010 9:56 pm

Sorry for being so dumbheaded, but why do people invent conlangs in the first place?
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Re: Think of conlanging from languages backwards?

Postby rickardspaghetti » Wed 24 Feb 2010 12:11 am

Because it's fun.
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Re: Think of conlanging from languages backwards?

Postby telal » Wed 24 Feb 2010 6:41 pm

DmitryS wrote:Sorry for being so dumbheaded, but why do people invent conlangs in the first place?


why do people paint murals or write songs or design t-shirt logos?

why does anyone do anything?
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Re: Think of conlanging from languages backwards?

Postby Neqitan » Thu 25 Feb 2010 4:33 am

Well, people work because they're looking for monetary income, in order to sustain themselves... The complete uselessness of conlanging can't be dismissed, which is what makes me admire those that have succeeded in getting far with them.
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Re: Think of conlanging from languages backwards?

Postby telal » Thu 25 Feb 2010 2:44 pm

Neqitan wrote:The complete uselessness of conlanging can't be dismissed...


uselessness?

i disagree
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Re: Think of conlanging from languages backwards?

Postby Kloiten » Sun 28 Feb 2010 10:57 pm

Neqitan wrote:Well, people work because they're looking for monetary income, in order to sustain themselves... The complete uselessness of conlanging can't be dismissed, which is what makes me admire those that have succeeded in getting far with them.


Conlangs aren't useless: they train the linguistic part of your mind. It lets you more easily recognize grammatical structures, and it also opens up an opportunity for learning new vocabulary such as "genitive" and "gerund". Yes, I know that the mentioned terms I just mentioned seem quite childish, but a lot of Anglophones that I know have no idea that their English language sports these features.

And you could argue that music is useless the same way as conlangs. Music is something that a lot of people could generally live without, but nonetheless, it helps the brain think more logically by organizing the notes into patterns and interpreting them, and it just sounds nice. Same with conlangs. It may be obscure, but it is still a fine art nonetheless.

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Re: Think of conlanging from languages backwards?

Postby sokuban » Mon 15 Mar 2010 4:40 pm

There was a book I read as a kid that had one "secret language" that was actually just backwards words.

Forgot what it was though.
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