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Alfar
10-05-2009, 08:50 AM
Fooling around with my WordBuilder extension for InkScape. Here's a map with a bunch of names. Also trying to figure out a good way to make maps with InkScape. Fractalize path is good to me ;)

I guess Dainnnoprai could mean Starland.

Ascension
10-05-2009, 05:39 PM
Interesting, pronouncing some of these almost sound Hindu-ish to me.

Steel General
10-05-2009, 07:49 PM
I think I sprained my tongue trying to pronounce some of them :)

Juggernaut1981
10-05-2009, 08:01 PM
I think the program should possibly be renamed "The Word Gymnast"... because I'm not shabby with pronunciations and a few of those looked like some kind of Welsh Dictionary Explosion...

Ascension
10-05-2009, 09:01 PM
I just had a thought and I have no idea how hard it would be to do but here it is. Instead of using actual letters to make words why not try using sounds instead (like in the dictionary where it shows pronunciation)? Then use those sounds as sort of a key to how the letters would be, possibly using more than one set of letters for each sound. Sort of like the long e sound in "screen" can be spelled ie, ei, ea, ee, etc. The hard c in "card" can be spelled cc, ch, ck, qu, etc. The program generates sounds, puts various sounds together (depending on a user input for syllables), and then generates possible spellings. If it were really cool then maybe the program could use certain language preset common sounds (like "ikki" for polynesian or 'esque" for french) as tag-ons at the end.

Alfar
10-06-2009, 03:57 AM
Ascension: Yeah, that's actually what it does - you define tokens, which can be one or more characters long. For these names, I made a simple syllable generator (making syllables like [C]V[C][C]), and it shows.

I think the worst it generates are the chch and ccc combinations, Sirdwiacccrairm being a good example, I guess. I decided that cc at the end of a syllable would be pronounced as x and felt pretty good about that. Sirdwiaxcrairm doesn't sound so bad. For the chch combos, I made the first soft like in loch or German ich, and the second hard like in chair.

I will make a better generator and throw in some new names. At least doing so is pretty easy. In fact, here, have some English-sounding names.

Edit: And one with more sensible, yet exotic, names ;)