Lexember 2021 - Open to Weekly Theme Suggestions!

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Lexember 2021 - Open to Weekly Theme Suggestions!

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Hello, everyone! I apologize for creating this thread a week in advance of December 1st, but I wanted to do so for two main reasons. First, for anyone who hasn't heard of Lexember before but might be interested in participating, I hope the timing and contents of this post will give you enough time and information to decide whether or not you'd like to give it a try. Second, based on feedback regarding the weekly "themes" from participants in years past, I'd like to use this week leading up to December 1st to ask for "theme" suggestions from anyone who's interested in participating this year. Please see the bolded text below for more details.

Welcome to Lexember, a month-long "game" that challenges participants to create at least one new word in one of their conlangs daily from the 1st through the 31st of December, and to post the results here in this thread. This is the 10th year of the Lexember "tradition", I believe, and its 9th year here on the CBB!

Commenting on the words others have made is always encouraged, as is taking inspiration from them! Even if you're not participating yourself, you're still welcome to leave comments here in the thread, if you'd like. It's been mentioned in previous years that communities of conlangers on various social media platforms also participate in Lexember (in fact, I believe it was started on Twitter), so if you're active elsewhere, you might consider posting your words there, too. However, if you'd like to participate in the challenge, but would prefer not to post the words you come up with anywhere online, that's perfectly fine as well, of course.

I want to emphasize that there is no single "correct" way to participate in Lexember. I don't want anyone who might be interested in Lexember to be discouraged from participating just because they feel that they might not be able to participate every single day or make their posts as detailed as they would like, or that none of their conlangs are "ready" enough. I've tried to address these potential concerns under the spoiler:
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If you miss a day, you always have the option of posting two words the next day, but "making up" for missed days is never a requirement. You can also simply stop or resume participating at any time, with no explanation needed.

Some participants like to include example sentences, IPA transcriptions, cultural notes, and/or etymological details with their entries, but none of these things are required. You can include as much, or as little, information as you'd like in your posts; the amount you include is entirely up to you, and doesn't have to be consistent from day to day.

It's perfectly alright to use the same conlang throughout the month or to switch back and forth between using different conlangs as the month goes on. Participants also have the option of making entries in multiple conlangs or coining multiple words per conlang on any given day.

Finally, there are no objective requirements your conlang must meet in order for you to be able to participate in Lexember. If your conlang is very new and you end up deciding to completely rework parts of it as the month goes on, that is absolutely fine, even if your previous Lexember entries end up becoming "outdated" as a result.
Additionally, participants have the option of challenging themselves to learn a new word in a natural language they're studying each day, and to include it with their Lexember entries. Credit for this idea, as far as I'm aware, goes to qwed117, who first did this two years ago with Sardinian.

In 2018 and 2019, I updated the thread's OP at the start of each week to suggest various "themes" that people might take inspiration from. In 2020, I suggested all of the themes in advance at the start of the month.

This year, I'm open to suggestions for our weekly themes from any prospective participants. If you're considering taking part in this year's Lexember, please feel free to either post your theme suggestions here in the thread or send them to me directly via private message. In the past, I've generally chosen themes that will hopefully help facilitate the creation of pretty basic vocabulary for anyone who's participating with a fairly new conlang, but which are also broad enough and open enough to interpretation that those participating with more developed conlangs should also be able to follow them, if they so choose. Examples of themes from previous years can be found by following the links at the bottom of this post. I will be taking all suggestions received between November 24th and November 30th into consideration, and I'll try to use as many of them as possible. I'll be editing this post on December 1st to indicate the themes for all five weeks.

Naturally, no one is ever required to follow these themes at all, let alone throughout the entire month, and players who do choose to follow them should feel free to interpret them however they'd like. If anyone would like to suggest additional or alternative themes at any point throughout the month, please feel free to do so.

Weekly Themes:
  • Week 1 (Dec. 1-4): TBD
  • Week 2 (Dec. 5-11): TBD
  • Week 3 (Dec. 12-18): TBD
  • Week 4 (Dec. 19-25): TBD
  • Week 5 (Dec. 26-31): TBD
Previous years' threads can be found here: 2013 / 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017 / 2018 / 2019 / 2020
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I would like to suggest discourse vocabulary as a topic. That is, words and phrases like "even," "wow," and "to boot." I think a lot of conlangers focus mainly on propositional vocabulary and don't put much thought into how a conversion would play out or what words a speaker might use to convey their thoughts about what they're saying without changing the core meaning of a statement.
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Mándinrùh wrote: 25 Nov 2021 05:14 I would like to suggest discourse vocabulary as a topic. That is, words and phrases like "even," "wow," and "to boot." I think a lot of conlangers focus mainly on propositional vocabulary and don't put much thought into how a conversion would play out or what words a speaker might use to convey their thoughts about what they're saying without changing the core meaning of a statement.
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I would also suggest an "office and household" topic for one week. That is, common appliances in your home or in your office, verbs to describe various household chores or office processes, etc.
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^That sounds like a good idea, though for those of us with "medieval" conlangs, we will have to adapt the theme to refer to preindustrial business and household practices. [:)]

I tend to focus too much on nouns, so it might be nice to have a verbs-only week (perhaps with a category, like motion or physical activity or something like that).
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I think it would be interesting to see some words which express the literary, mythological, or musical culture of the conlangs.
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spanick wrote: 26 Nov 2021 21:36 I think it would be interesting to see some words which express the literary, mythological, or musical culture of the conlangs.
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