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> On Fri, May 29, 2009 at 11:16 AM, Alex Fink <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>> seems less likely.)  Accordingly you could do your construction modularly.
>> Develop the morphology, syntax, lexicon with placeholders for forms, ...
>> carefully and well in advance.  Then, when the request comes in, spend a day
>> or two on phonology and script, run a word generator program to fill in the
>> phaceholders in the lexicon, and voila.

On further thought, it seems as though the lexicon
and semantics is another thing that would need to
be tweaked as much as the deadlines permit to fit
the particular fictional context.   The grammar,
however, could indeed be worked out in advance,
along with most of the basic lexicon, leaving certain
decisions about phonology and semantics to be
postponed until information is available about the
client's particular worldbuilding needs; there's
nothing inherently nomadic about polysynthesis
or high-tech about active-stative alignment.

-- 
Jim Henry
http://www.pobox.com/~jimhenry/