What kind of conlanger are you?

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What kind of conlanger are you?

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Loyalists have one conlang, and probably have only ever made one conlang. They've worked on it for years on end, possibly 10 or 15 years. Maybe they started this language in their adolescence and are in their fifties now. The language becomes elaborate, with a large vocabulary and 100-page grammar, and is as finely polished as a crystal skull with the intricacies, quirks and exceptions to rules that have been given time to develop. As a result of sticking with this one conlang, they usually produce a masterpiece that wins the acclaim of other conlangers, and sometimes even non-conlangers.

Scrappers are the serial monogamists of the conlanging world. They'll get a seed of a conlang in their head, develop a preliminary phonology, toy with the aspects of grammar that interest them, create a few words, (possibly) dabble in giving it a conculture, decide they don't like it, scrap it, and start a new one. Lather, rinse, repeat. One of their conlangs may have only 33 words of vocabulary as of the time it gets dumped, and their vocabularies will certainly never reach the size of Itlani or Talossan. Often they do not have enough grammar to say "The girl ran smoothly past the gate", or possibly even to say "I love you" as of the time they are scrapped. Scrappers might create 50 or even 200 conlangs in their lifetimes, but will never produce anything approaching what a loyalist would create in its scale and depth. They learn a little something from the experience of each conlang they create.

Fillers take a project and fill it up with various languages. This can be a conworld (a country, a planet, a solar system or even a whole galaxy) with diverse peoples speaking many languages amongst them, or some other kind of suite of conlangs, perhaps for an alternative history like Ill Bethisad, or perhaps for working with an array of different real-life Terran cultures or even an array of Terran primate species! If scrappers are the serial monogamists and loyalists are the faithful lovers of conlanging, fillers are the polyamorists. They have many conlangs, often forming conlang phyla with the scale and scope of Indo-European, Afro-Asiatic or Austronesian, with diversity in phonology, syntax and morphology across the different branches and phyla. Since each language has a well-defined role within their broader project, fillers keep all their languages. Some can be more developed than others, even though a filler may create a Swadesh-type list for all of his or her languages, but even the less developed ones will never be deprecated. The final goal of fillers is to finish a suite of interconnected languages.

Perfectionists have that conlang they've aimed for again and again. They are the gods who create the world, see the world is flawed, destroy it, and try again. A perfectionist's goal is to create the perfect language. Like a scrapper, a perfectionist keeps trying new things, but each sketch is very similar to the previous one, which in turn was similar to the one that came before ''that'' one. Each incarnation gets tried under a different (sometimes slightly different) name, but essentially there is one persistent vision in the conlanger's heart. [Thanks to Valosken for suggesting this one.]

Circumnavigators have eyes that survey the whole wide world of invented languages. They've created a wide variety of conlangs that they've kept, but not all for the same project. Circumnavigators have created fantasy conlangs, alien conlangs, conlangs for Bronze Age peoples, conlangs for futuristic humans, altlangs, micronational languages, personal languages, and jokelangs. They've likely experimented with engelangs (perhaps both a logical language and a philosophical one) and auxlangs (Euroclones and worldlangs) as well as artlangs. They've created at least one highly original experimental conlang. Circumnavigators have often authored visionary and inspiring material about the art of conlanging and the whole philosophy therebehind.

Freelancers will create conlangs for whoever needs them. They might create a conlang or two for an online collaborative world, then help some friends running an RPG campaign create another conlang, and might even be tapped by movie or TV producers to create a conlang for their fictional world. As they conlang for others, freelancers' conlangs are for different conworlds/projects, yet each have a well-defined purpose, and whether they get scrapped depends on what the people they help eventually choose to do with these conlangs. Freelancers typically have a wide array of glossopoetic tools under their belts, painting from catholic phonological, morphological, syntactic, lexical, and maybe even orthographic and pragmatic palettes.

Filmstabbers are the married lovers who unfaithfully go off and see a tempting mistress as the need arises. Like stabbing a few holes in the film over an entrée to let the heat escape while microwaving it, filmstabbers keep to their main conlang (or suite of related conlangs) while dabbling with other projects just to release the steam. Want to stick with Butzmazian but can't get that polysynthetic click sketch out of your head? Simple. Create a polysynthetic click language called !Xan/aaxhaapatetl, flesh it out over the next few days, scrap !Xan/aaxhaapatetl two weeks later, and keep Butzmazian all along instead of throwing it out with the bathwater.

Replacers have a bit of filler in them, and a bit of scrapper. Some replacers are artlangers, each of whose languages has a well-defined role within a conworld, and their eyes are fixed to the same star all the while, but any one particular conlang within their project -- or many particular conlangs -- keeps getting replaced. Similar to TNT'ing an unsalvageable Wikipedia article, a replacer razes the language of the Empire of Samphoria and, after its destruction, erects an entirely new Samphorian language. Unlike with a perfectionist, only the name is the same. Other replacers are auxlangers or engelangers who intend each new language project to completely supersede the previous one.

What type are you?
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Re: What kind of conlanger are you?

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Your bias is showing. :P

I'd say I'm somewhere between a Loyalist and a Filler.

I have a conworld that I'd like to work out, but I also want the languages to be well-rounded.
I don't think I'll try to do much more with Inyauk. As far as I'm concerned it's as good as it'll get without having any actual speakers. I've never done a family of languages, but I might in the future. (Future Inyauk!) I don't think I've scrapped any projects. If it doesn't work I just morph what I have into something else.
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Filler and Scrapper. As my conworld is subjected to much revision, eventually some languages just no longer have a place anymore there. As I mentioned somewhere else there were once 9 Dragon-tongues, once I made the decision to restrict them all to a relatively tiny geographic area, having a bunch of different languages for them didn't make sense so all but Agyonnar disappeared. Blithaoz, I'll miss you so ;-;
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I was a scrapper, but now I'm becoming more of a loyalist.
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Scrapper here.
But have some long-time conlangs, especially Emmut, Malinuan, Kareulina.
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Mostly a scrapper, unfortunatetly.
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As of right now, a scrapper. If I manage to get Planet X developed, I'll end up being a filler. Although there I haven't even gotten to languages yet.
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I may have already remarked on my tendency to start a new one every few weeks before.
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Filler!
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conlangconstructor wrote:Filler!
I think you are the archetypical filler!
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I have one lang I've been working on for a while now, and I have plans for a few more to fill up my conworld.
So I guess I'm a filler-loyalist or something.
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A scrapper mostly, I always get tired of my conlangs after so long.
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I'm a total loyalist. I have only one conlang apart from Ríhannen, but I know it won't last for too long.
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This could be a fun question I guess, but to be honest I find none of the categories given accurate or well thought through.
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Aszev wrote:This could be a fun question I guess, but to be honest I find none of the categories given accurate or well thought through.
How don't they fit you?
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A damned scrapper. I hope to stick with my current project though. Even though it has 5 days... If I can just stop caring that much about beatiful scripts, ambiguity in sound and grammar, beauty in general, long phrases and too much affixes I may be able finsish this.

Edit: As expected there's lots of scrappers who don't like being one at all...
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I'm a scrapper, but I'm trying to beat the habit.
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I guess scrapper... sans the neophyte category. I don't have the duration to be a Loyalist nor a Filler. and I lack the quantity and variety of a scrapper.
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Loyalist, I think.

My conlangs aren't good enough by far and I've only been conlanging two years, but so far I've only gotten rid of one conlang and stopped working completely on another. Scrapped one because it was a piece of crap, stopped working on one because I hit a wall that I can't (and frankly don't want to) get over.
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