When I was a 9 y/o, I used a facebook-like website for my class called
Edmodo to post about homework and ask questions. On April Fools Day, I
posted saying I was a descendant of the princess of a lost kingdom in
Antarctica called Atlaticaesin. I don't exactly know why I did this: maybe
I thought I was being funny. However, prior to that, my "friend" was making
fun of me for not buying expensive clothing (she's VERY rich). I might have
been trying to one up her???
Anyway, I designed a Frozen-esque kingdom, wore a crown to school, and said
a fictional man named Dan Grelby told me I was a princess, but had to keep
it a secret. Somehow, some kids from my school believed me. There was this
one kid in my class who would always say "You're not a princess Ryanna,"
every time I walked by him.
To make it more believable, I thought I should make a language for it.
Originally, it started off as a Caesar code (the Caesar code still plays an
important role in modern Atlatikahe) with no constructed grammar- just
direct transcriptions of English words. I'd spend time with my 3 friends in
the school library trying to teach it to them.

A year later I graduated from 5th grade and completely forgot about
everything. The summer between 6th grade and seventh grade, I suddenly
remembered the language and started using it again. This time, I made a
script for it, made spelling/pronunciation rules and started making the
grammar. Icelandic was my first exposure to other grammatical cases and
genders. I began experimenting with things based on that, ending with the
nominative, accusative, and dative cases that I still use today. I tried
using genders but scrapped it. Atlatikahe has a lot of affixes thst can
mark gender if the speaker wants to be specific.
As I made the language, I thought about the kingdom that started it.
Clearly, there is no evidence of a euro-centric kingdom in Antarctica, but
it was the gateway for thinking about what hypothetical indigenous people
in Antarctica would be like (if it were possible). Most of 7th grade for me
was studying Antarctica and the type of things the people would use to
thrive. I'm in the works of creating a religion and theorizing how they
might've gotten there.
In 7th grade I learned about the word "conlanger" and it immediately became
apart of my identity. I became interested in linguistics and started
creating more languages. None of them have been fleshed out enough, they
are merely scripts and ideas for grammar.

Here I am now in 8th grade. I've only been conlanging for a short amount of
time but I love it! I wish I could somehow make this a career. I see things
that inspire scripts or jokelangs. The threading on my pants is coming
undone? That looks like a really cool script. What would happen if I made a
language for the trashcans at Starbucks but verbs inflect based on what's
listed as a recycable? Who knows?!? This is so fun and I can't wait to see
how far I'll come with Atlatikahe and future conlangs.
In 15 years, be on the look out in for an animated miniseries about some
fake people from Antarctica- hopefully entirely spoken in Atlatikahe.


On Feb 4, 2018 9:25 PM, "Veronica Hamilton" <[log in to unmask]>

> I was reading the _Stainless Steel Rat_ series of novels by Harry Harrison
> when I was in junior high. Esperanto makes several appearances in the
> books, and there was an address at the back to write in for lessons. I had
> the 'well, if that made a language then so can I!' leap in high school,
> where I made a horrible conlang that was a relex of Esperanto and had a
> terribly overly-complex conscript. I have no records left of that conlang
> except a single word that I remember.
> In college, I didn't make any conlangs, but I discovered the Internet and
> found languages like Ithkuil, Laadan, and Lojban. I read a lot about them,
> and even gave a presentation about Lojban to my Linguistics 101 class (I
> translated "Oh god, I have an axe in my head!" into Lojban). After college,
> I got back into conlanging.
> V
> On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 8:58 PM, Daniel Bowman <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> > It is always fascinating reading how everyone got started!  The irony
> > is that I was horrible at "grammar" through the beginning of high
> > school (as in, it was apparently impossible to teach me to find the
> > "direct object" or "prepositional phrase" or whatever), though I
> > scored well on tests where I had to distinguish between grammatically
> > correct and incorrect sentences.  I did find in my second grade
> > notebook "Sundleesy which in danny's language (spelled langwidj, I
> > believe) means 'big rok mountain,' so the conlanging part was early,
> > apparently.
> >
> > I formally entered the craft when I wrote "Aria zkiro Algihaltha" in
> > my notebook in seventh grade, then developed a language based on that
> > sentence in high school.  It turns out I did know grammar just fine:
> > it is just beastly hard to teach me things sometimes.
> >
> > I've remained faithful to my conlang Angosey ever since.  It's a
> > complex, wordy trip through a not-quite-plausible language (or so I
> > like to think).  It is also great for making passwords.
> >
> > On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 9:24 PM, Logan Kearsley <[log in to unmask]>
> > wrote:
> > > On 4 February 2018 at 18:57, Walter Sperat <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> > >> Hey everyone!
> > >> Due to a recent thread on which several people listed their ages, and
> > >> having recently watched Conlanging: The Art of crafting Tongues, I got
> > >> curious about the individual stories of the people on this list, i.e.
> > how
> > >> did you get into conlanging?
> > >
> > > Well... my dad was a French teacher, his dad was a German teacher, and
> > > my mom and her mom were English teachers, so of course it was
> > > predestined that I have an interest in languages (nevermind that one
> > > of my brothers is in advertising and the other is a cowboy--at least
> > > the cowboy also speaks Cantonese!)
> > >
> > > From kindergarten through 3rd grade I lived in Belgium, and was
> > > required to study French, but I thought that was stupid because
> > > everybody I knew spoke English anyway. 'Twas after I moved back to the
> > > U.S. that I realized that other languages are Cool, and perhaps I
> > > should've actually put more effort into learning French when I was
> > > younger. It was some time around 4th or 5th grade that I started
> > > working on my first conlang, to go along with a heavily
> > > Tolkein-inspired fantasy world (because what fantasy world's aren't
> > > heavily Tolkein-influenced these days?) that I shared with a friend.
> > > It even had a featural writing system inspired (in very broad strokes)
> > > by tengwar (although just about every other aspect of the language was
> > > horrendous juvenalia by my current standards), which is what got me
> > > interested in phonetics (so that I could figure out how to actually
> > > write stuff in my featural system) and thus Real Linguistics.
> > >
> > > Somewhere in there I discovered the alt.language.artificial newsgroup
> > > on USENET, which became my first and primary conlanging community
> > > right up through my freshman year of college in 2007. Meanwhile, I
> > > took an Intro Foreign Languages survey class in 7th grade, taught by a
> > > nice old Belgian lady who was strangely supportive of my then-numerous
> > > conlanging projects, followed by French in 8th grade. And then, in a
> > > fit of teenage rebellion (my rebellions were pretty mild...) I
> > > switched to studying Russian for 4 years in high school, which is how
> > > I finally figured out how case systems actually work.
> > >
> > > I have no recollection of precisely when I finally joined the CONLANG
> > > list, but I suspect it was late 2007 or early 2008 (I suppose I could
> > > check that in the archives, but I'm lazy right now). It was definitely
> > > before 2011, because by that time USENET had pretty much completely
> > > died, and all my old stomping grounds were either inaccessible, or
> > > irretrievably drowned in spambots.
> > >
> > > -l.
> >