Vulgar generates fantasy languages with a click

Vulgar constructs languages for fantasy fiction or whatever other purpose you can imagine, applying consistent rules to the custom phonemes you feed it. [via]

Vulgar's output models the regularities, irregularities and quirks of real world languages; phonology, grammar, and a 2000 unique word vocabulary. Trial the demo version online. Purchase the premium version to get access to the complete 2000 word output (with derivational words) and extra grammatical rules. ...

Vulgar generates ... based on a list of some of English's most common words. However, the program is more than just a one-to-one mapping of unique outputs to English words. In an effort to mimic real world languages, Vulgar also creates various homphones and overlapping senses inspired by examples from real world languages. For example:

Here's my language:

The Language of Puput /ˈpʰupʰutʰ/

...and he stood holding his hat and turned his wet face to the wind.
...u lu bunela une luch yafa u neba luch miku peb tul ye
Pronunciation: /u lu bɯˈnela ˈune løtʃ ˈjafa u ˈneba løtʃ ˈmikʰø pʰeb t̪øl je/
Narrow pronunciation: [u lu bɯˈnela ˈune løtʃ ˈjafa u ˈneba løtʃ ˈmikʰø pʰe t̪øl je]
Puput structure: and he stood holding his hat and turned his wet face the wind to

Seed for this language: 0.36384689368800394

The Puput word for "stuff" is "nut." I'll spare you details of the nominative and accusative case forms, but they're there. The full edition of the app is $20.

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  1. Looks useful, I think.

  2. My language is called "Frtuatyhfaemnhae".

  3. Never heard of it...

  4. If a thing is worth doing, it's worth overdoing to an absurd extent and then trying to get the internet to pony up twenty bucks, except nine other guys offer the same thing free, no matter what it is.

  5. This is pretty darn rad, and I love the nerdy depth it goes to. I loved my linguistics classes that I took as part of my Ed masters. Learning the symbols and mouth diagrams added an entire new schema of understanding to the world for me, with the attendant potential for analogies and metaphor that that kind of thing bestows. I imagine this will be the entry point to formal linguistics for a lot of people out there who wouldn't have thought to explore it otherwise.

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