wow, this sounds pretty cool.  like one of those "make up a communal conlang
simultaneously" but more thought-out.

>  or collaboratively on line with a group of
> conlangers (or interested language users for that matter).

i've also always thought it would be cool if (maybe as a parallel project or
something) a whole group could start with one great mutual proto-language,
but then everyone involved evolve the language in a different direction (not
out of natural usage, as you suggest, though).  whoever were running this
project could make one initial split like the centum-satem dialects and then
everyone would sort of pick a side, and individual language families could
follow from there.  it would be pretty exciting in the end to compare them
all and see what's mutually intelligible (if anything).


On Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 8:55 PM, Gary Shannon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Olokai djuwala sasha ditelam mudji. Dju kaukau mudji patai. Di
> rakumadjau. Dju kaukau mudji surakumadjau patai. Asa dju dima raku
> baisubakai. Kinayabo. Wakinayabo.
> Design Goals
> I've often wondered what it would be like to evolve a conlang, either
> as an individual conlanger, or collaboratively on line with a group of
> conlangers (or interested language users for that matter).
> To that end I decided to create a proto-conlang, (hereinafter referred
> to interchangeably as "Kalau", "Ancient Kalau", or simply "AK") that
> could be used as a starting point for such a project. I want the
> simplest language I can imagine which will still be able to express
> the kind of thoughts that might come up in day-to-day conversation
> among casual acquaintances in social setting or a market square in
> some ancient society.
> Before such a protolang could be evolved through actual or simulated
> usage, it must be possible to write short descriptive narratives and
> scripts of brief typical conversations that might take place between
> two native speakers of the protolang. In order for that to happen
> anyone wishing to participate would need to be fluent in the protolang
> before attempting to extend or modify it. For this reason the grammar
> must be something that can be mastered in a matter of minutes so that,
> with a dictionary in hand, anyone could read and write sentences in
> the protolang almost immediately after first encountering it.
> The other advantage of having such a simple grammar is that at a later
> date, after the language has evolved into something more
> "sophisticated" it would still be possible for a newcomer to master
> the initial proto-grammar in a few minutes and then read the corpus in
> chronological order so as to learn the more advanced features of the
> language in the same way, and in the same order as they appeared in
> the first place.
> Details and glosses of the existing corpus at
> --gary