On Thu, 8 Jul 1999 15:32:39 -0700 Sally Caves <[log in to unmask]> writes: >> Well, i very much doubt that this is the usual way, but both of my >> a-priori conlangs (Rokbeigalmki and the aborted ool-Nuziiferoi)'s >> phonologies got their inspiration from a code that my brother made >based >> on the phonology of English. Each vowel, diphthong, and consonant >> (including affricates) had an individual symbol. >Is your brother still a conlanger? Curious. It often seems that one >sibling takes off in this direction and becomes a glottomaniac (just >borrowing Eco's word! <G>) and the other doesn't. > >Sally Nope, he isn't. I think he "grew out of it" or something. He used to be into codes, though. Now pretty much all he does is write backwards. He wrote a letter to a friend in camp, and somewhere near then end he was like "i can't think of anything more to write, so since i can't make the letter itself longer i'll make it take longer to read by writing backwards" and then he started to write backwards, and then switched to boustrophedon and then eventually back to normal. He also used to draw maps. He has 23 sheets of plain white copy paper that when fit together make up a map of what i call "Alan's World". A few months ago i made a list of all the place names on all the maps, and i came up with a total of 190 names, including multiple entries such as: Klaytianitiasial, Republic of / Southerland Republic of Klaytianitiasial / Southerland Southerland / Republic of Klaytianitiasial (btw, it's pronounced /klejS@nIS@saj&l/, and there's a macron on the first A, a breve on the second I, and a macron on the last I) So there're probably around more than 150 individual names. Those 23 pieces of paper were drawn spread out over 1991-1995. -Stephen (Steg) ___________________________________________________________________ Get the Internet just the way you want it. Free software, free e-mail, and free Internet access for a month! Try Juno Web: http://dl.www.juno.com/dynoget/tagj.