On Sun, 24 Mar 2002 22:29:06 +0000 Tim May <[log in to unmask]> writes: > Incidentally, has anyone done anything interesting with > acronymization, abbreviation etc in a conlang? Something that > differs significantly from English? - Well, in Rokbeigalmki, acronyms are made by taking the first 'forced-open' syllable of each word, and stringing them together with accent-lengthening. Meaning, that you start from the beginning of the word, and cut it off after the first vowel/diphthong (which are considered the same in Rokbeigalmki, most of the time). When finding the beginning of a word, you only count the root - no prefixes. A few examples: ^dzuwaurg^dafal^ri.hlao^semoz-a [d@zuwO:rg daPa:l rihla:w sEmo:z?a] "the festival of the widening of the sun's circle" (the Rokbeigalmki new-years day) becomes: DZU''FA''RI [d@zu:Pa:ri:] kamble-a tza'weithaad sudrabauk [kamblE?a ts)a?wejT&d sudrabOk] "the dance of rhythmic brawling" (a Rokbeigalmki equivalent of the Brazilian martial art Capoeira) becomes: KA''WEI''RA [ka:?we:jra:] (guess where i got the name :-P ) ooloi-aole-ad lesna [u-lOj?awlE?ad lEsna] "a language being [always/generally/routinely] created" (meaning 'a conlang') becomes: AO''LE [a:wlE:] which happenes to be almost the same as _aole_ [awlE], 'artistic creation' (which is were the AO part comes from). The use of double-apostrophes to mark abbreviations i got from Hebrew; internal-historywise, though, it's a development of the Rokbeigalmki apostrophe used to join case-prefixes to words, which itself was originally just a raised hyphen. -Stephen (Steg) "that's so weird... is that normal?"