Robert Hailman wrote:
> Hey hey!
> I've been reading this list for three or four days now, and I decided
> I'd jump in by introducing myself. I also have a question or two I'd
> like to ask.
> Right now, I'm 15, and I'm in grade 10. I've been interested in Conlangs
> for as long as I can remember, but I never had a word to describe them,
> nor did I have any idea how languages as a whole worked until very
> recently.

Hiya Bob!  Nice to have a new conlanger, especially a young one.  And on
the note (introduced by Kristian, I believe) of 15 being a "magic age,"
I would just like to add that yesterday was my birthday :) and I have
left the magical age for the wonderful world of sixteen (read:  driver's

> I have a project coming up at school where I'm allowed to do more or
> less anything I want, and I'm considering developing a Conlang. I'm
> allowed to start the project before it is assigned, because I know the
> details about it already, because it is an assignment for enriched level
> students at my school for grades 9 to 11, so I did one last year and
> know the process.

Wow, I wish I had the nerve to do a conlang for a school project.  I
don't thing I would ever...I'd be to embarrassed to let everyone at
school know how dorky I *really* am.  I'm still a closet conlanger...

> I've started a very rough sketch of a language, but it's nowhere near
> complete enough to post here, I have to decide on quite a bit of the
> grammar and have at least some vocabulary to provide examples with. I'll
> post more on this as it develops.

Yes, do post!

> Anyways, some questions.
> 1) When I post a sketch of a language, and I give the phonololgy, do I
> give just the IPA symbols, or do I use the alphabet I am using if it is
> a Roman alphabet as well as the IPA if they don't agree? I've only seen
> one language sketch since I came online, and the IPA and the alphabet
> used agreed in all cases. In my language the disagree somewhat, as I use
> x to represent a voiced velar fricative (I forget the symbol), as well
> as some other exceptions. I think that one stands out the most, though.

You've only seen one sketch?  That would be mine, hmm, no?  Anyway, I
think it's nice when people show the romanized writing of their lang
along with the IPA, because it's nicer to look at usually, and most of
the time the romanization isn't exactly with the IPA.  Although I do
agree with [insert forgotten name here] that x is maybe not the best way
of recording a *voiced* velar fricative.  But, whatever you want!

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