On Sun, 24 Jan 1999 11:28:56 -0600, Daniel Seriff <[log in to unmask]> wrote: >My question is this: Could someone give me a prioritized list of the >steps one needs to go through to construct a viable language? I need an >itemized list of decisions one needs to make about phonemes, morphology, >grammar, syntax, vocabulary, etc. I don't think there are many restrictions on what parts of the language = can be done in which order, but one of the first things you'll need to do is settle on a phonology. It's possible to work with a changing phonology, = but it's a lot easier if you know what sounds exist in the language, and how they can be combined into words. One of the reasons that Hlererhoi (my = most recent project) hasn't progressed very far is that I keep changing the phonology. The larger my vocabulary gets, the more words I have to = inspect and update each time I change the phonology. But if you're not satisfied with the existing phonology, it's better to change it as soon as = possible, even if that means delaying or redoing other aspects of the language. = It's probably a good idea to have at least a preliminary idea of the = morphology before you lock down the phonology, though.