On Tue, 29 May 2001, Aloyen Youngblood wrote:

> Ky'Rin is a language of "bits" where many bits make up words.  It
> was designed based on 13 elements (ex. earth, fire, water, chaos,
> etc), and the idea of adding on bits that mean "the color of" or "the
> smell of".  It was the first language I began designing and it's
> currently going thru some heavy editing except that I'm taking a
> break from it for a bit.

Neat!  Was it related to a roleplaying game or anything?  (It looks like
it'd actually make a great magic-language, whether or not that was its
intended purpose.)

> mya$talyg is an attempt at making a language with definite rules
> for bringing words over from American English into it easily.  $ = sh
> as in sheep.  It has 14 letters, 5 of them vowels.  Each vowel is
> pronounced. So soyel is actually so-y-el.  This is the language I'm
> actively working on right now.  Unfortuantely I haven't got the hang
> of explaining the sounds for each letter except as used by me in
> other words.  Ex.  y = the long e as in "see" or "sea".

Are you familiar with the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet)?  Two
sites I've found useful for transcription are:
(It has sound clips of IPA sounds, and I swear there's an English
version, though I can never find the thing.)
(Since most of us can't read funky character sets, there are several ways
of representing IPA symbols via ASCII.  The most popular here seems to be
SAMPA.  A few holdouts like me use Kirschenbaum.)

> > Yoon Ha Lee
> > 22-year-old conlanger living in Ithaca, NY; soon to be in Clifton Park,
> > NY for a week; and then off to Stanford!
> My in-laws live down near Ithaca and a friend of mine grew up near
> Clifton Part so I know both places.  :-)

<awed look>  You're the *first* non-Clifton-Park person I've "met" who's
heard of the place!  Neatness.