How to Make a Language – Part 8: Writing Systems

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  1. So I've had this idea of an artificial alien language floating around in my head for a while. The idea being that some random person from a different, incredibly advanced culture, basically left their people behind and tried to "create the perfect lifeform". And so they ended up constructing a highly efficient totalitarian society of organic robots designed to exterminate and replace all other life in the universe.

    Y'know… As you do. Weekend projects, amirite?

    All joking aside, I wanted to play with the artificial, rigorous nature of the culture for more "efficient" vocal communication, and an extremely durable and versatile written language. And possibly have different languages for different settings – On a loud battlefield, or when speaking over a crowd or making an announcement, only vowels and the most sonorous consonants are used, whereas plosives and similar less sonorous sounds are used during stealth, for covert meetings, etcetera. Though I'm not overly concerned with the sounds being easy for humans to pronounce, I'd have to actually work on it to see how practical that would be in general.

  2. "you can still be confident that they all come from different languages…
    they have different degrees of complexity"
    But since languages can borrow writing systems from each other, that's not always true. Hawaiian and English are totally unrelated but uses the same Latin script.
    Also, two different writing systems can be used in one language, like in Korean a few decades ago, or Japanese. They mixed Chinese characters and their own scripts.

    "in a logography, any given character will have to have enough detail to distinguish it from thousands of other scripts"
    But Chinese characters have quite a number of simple symbols. They're not all crazily complex.

  3. It is weird how you people noticed that it is not Russian alphabet at 3:00, but didn't do any investigtion into what it actually is (or I just did not find it, sorry). 'Cause it's no Serbian, and no nothing Slavic, for that matter, 'cause it has letters for voiced and unvoiced TH. I pulled some of my detective skills out of hat and found out that that thing is actually called Renglish and it's a constructed system to write English using Cyrillic script. Here's a link, which is about all I could find about it:

    Also, I wanted to copy this comment and write it in Renglish, but the rules on that page are a bit too complicated for my brain's gray matter density.

    Aslo also, I genuinely thought this was an easter egg or something. You had to be pretty unlucky to just stumble upon it. Or lucky. Depends how you look at it, 'cause you've got a free easter egg in the end 😀

  4. ᜋᜅ ᜉᜒᜎᜒᜉᜒᜈᜓ ᜇᜒᜌᜈ᜔, ᜄᜋᜒᜆ᜔ ᜈᜋᜈ᜔ ᜃᜌᜓ ᜅ᜔ ᜊᜌᜒᜊᜌᜒᜈ᜔.

  5. would anyone be intrested to learn a conlang based on the uralics with simplified grammar

  6. i was just here to make a word language without tones and instead just changed to picturing. this doesnt help! i hate this!

  7. Just finished watching the series. Quite a lot to think about. Have you done a video on borrowing words from one or more conlangs and how to adapt them? As an example, if you're creating several different proto-langs, to flesh out the con-world!

  8. Hello. Hello. 👋. 形象. 但你. 雖影. ישדנשל. مست. पेरेजेकल. ᏆᎦᏆᎭᏩ. ゆんむめ. ཡའབས. ㅓ뫀ㅁㅎ. Црырц. Σησβζς. Alsæka.

  9. 1:51 Just pointing this out, bit the sample of runes you had there were the Anglo-Frisian runes used to write, among others, Old English. Old Norse used the Younger Futhark. Sorry for the nitpick, otherwise, awesome video!

  10. at 19:33 you write poss.-see-ACC 1st.subj.-3rd.obj.-respect-give, which i think is supposed to explain how 'tsopohlwa pentimba' means 'i give respect for your viewing' but how does that work? can someone explain to me what that means? great video btw, i am currently making a conlang i call Degobian with your tutorial

  11. 13:18 In polish language the letters of "U" and "Ó" are read the same way – many Poles mistake them putting the wrong letter (for example: Półka = Shelf. Write it down as a "Pułka" and you are going to be considered as a total idiot and ignorant because you can't even write. Seriously, we take the ortography very serious). It is just a "oo" sound like in the word of "Ooze".

  12. I have a long way to go before I want to think about this but: what do you do to create writing systems? Is there some computer program you use? Do you just have excellent artistic skills? All I know is I don’t want to simulate carving anything on paper.

  13. Hey man I doubt you'll see this, but none of your content is showing up on you channel, it's only in recommended.

  14. I think that broadly speaking, once people start working with ink, the most likely writing directions would be either top-to-bottom then left-to-right (classical Chinese) or left-to-right then top-to-bottom (any language using Latin or Cyrillic) for one simple reason: these two methods minimize the frequency and severity of smudges.

  15. Actually arabic does write the second (and on it we write diacritics and fourth vowel is a letter etc) vowels as letters.
    The first vowel is 'A' and it's written in its diacritic form instead of its literal form
    Is the second vowel representin ي
    The 'Y' sound and it's written in its literal form.
    Writting the literal form of a vowel after its diacritic form to create long vowels

  16. 1:14

    Oh my! one of my country's Indigenous Writing System! The Sunda Tribe's Writing System!

    Just wanna let you know, that the City of Bandung might be using as well!

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