Friday, September 24, 2010

Syntax Rules & Selmarea the Country

Ah my linguistics class is heaven. :) I've been learning recently about Syntax, the structural rules which allow endless combinations of sentences. I now have another tool to try and have my language make sense. Another way to make the language as realistic as possible.

You know I joined a group recently for conlangers and get to talk with a bunch of people who don't think I'm a weirdo. But there's something I don't get. I've often heard that people are on to their 3rd created language or something similar. It makes no sense to me because the more I know about a language the more complicated I realise one is. In fact each time I learn something new about language in my Linguistics class I add a year to how long this project is going to take me. At the moment I'm at almost a decade. I wonder what their languages are like and how detailed people are.

It makes me wonder...someone once said that constructed languages fail. Well perhaps it is because they didn't think about it enough. A language needs two things as far as I can see. A necessity for that language and the ability to express yourself. Without those I can easily see one failing to take hold.

Ok...on to my country. I've been working recently (in the very limited free time I've had) on coins and money. And I've just realised I should explain about Selmarea before I go on. Like Australia and America Selmarea has two major styles in history. Before they met others from the world and after. Before it was a lovely, quiet, respectful society (and that is how the language is being designed). After it is similar to other modern countries with some major exceptions.

Now that I've explained that the money...modern Selmarea has money like any other country and I've had great fun designing it. Have you ever looked at a coin or a note? The notes in particular are SERIOUSLY complex pieces of paper (or plastic) and the detail on them is amazing. I've got a basis for my notes and coins and all that is left now is to create the designs electronically, something which is making me really, really good at PhotoShop.

I've put a few designs up on the 'About Selmarea' page so have a look and do tell me what you think.

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