This month's challenge is: Create different foods for your conculture. Be sure to describe how to make them, and, if you can, what they taste like.
Conlang challenges by ~speria
. This is to put in something for the month since people are busy with their lives.
Shall we have NaCoWriMo in November?
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July 2010 - Create 10 verbs and their opposites.
August 2010 - Translate The North Wind and the Sun into your conlang.
September 2010 - No challenge.
October 2010 - No challenge.
November 2010 - "NaCoWriMo" Write a new and original story or passage using at least 200 words from your conlang.
December 2010 - Greetings and Salutations! Come up with at least five. Bonus points for mention of different levels of formality.
January 2011 - Translate the following into your conlang: Winter is the wolf that takes the old, the sick, and the very young
Winter is the hard rock on which nothing grows
Winter is the cruel beak and the sharp talon
And so we beg you, bounding boy of spring, dance over the earth
So that the sun your mother will look down upon us
And flowers will spring from your footsteps.
February 2011 - Make some words for a version of "ebonics", or other highly derived slang for your conlang. Alternatively, make a pidgin, either using two of your conlangs or a conlang and a natlang.
March 2011 - Write something in another deviant’s conlang! You may work with the creator of your chosen language, but try to use existing resources as much as you can. Writing something longer than, say, two sentences would be nice, but there will be no official guidelines for length or content. Just have fun with it and get acquainted with others' languages!
April 2011 - Write a short letter in your conlang! It can be to anyone and from anyone, whether you want to make it a real life letter or in your conworld is up to you. No restrictions on length.
May 2011 - Write a proverb in your conlang. You can also translate one, but isn't writing a new one more fun? Bonus points if it is related to your conculture's personal values.
June 2011 - Come up with some sort of nonverbal aspect related to your conlang. For example, what gestures amplify the words, or show up when there are no words? What words might be used for these gestures?
July 2011 - Create a set of specialized terminology. It could be scientific, artistic, anything. Make sure to have at least ten words total. Optional: "LoCoWriMo" Write a story or passage in your conlang.
August 2011 - Pick two or more phrases in your conlang. Give the literal meanings, how they are used, and the meanings of the individual words in the phrase, and the history of the phrase or of the words.
September 2011 - Pick three distinctive characters, either actually from your world, invented for the sake of this, or picked from books, movies or anime that you like- e.g. your list could be Darth Vader, Harry Potter and Gollum. Write a short, in-character speech for each of them. Bonus points if you make them have a dialogue / interaction.
October 2011 - Come up with your conculture's version of Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. If your conculture wouldn't have that, translate it directly. Article one is as follows: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
November 2011 - Create a caution label or set of simple instructions or translate a similar piece of writing into your conlang and (optionally) answer the questions below. How does your conlang demonstrate directness? What can you take out to make a sentence as clear and succinct as possible? What grammatical structures are preferred over others in that case?
December 2011 - Create a holiday equivalent or come up with a translation for a nat-holiday in a conlang. Come up with common words, traditions, and events for it. You can use your answers from here for inspiration if you participated in that last year. Bonus points if you do a longer translation. For example, a carol or song, a children's book, et cetera
January - Create a set of formal and informal forms of address, titles, or endearments.
February - Create a number system. Bonus points for a system other than base 10.
March - Write a short dialogue between two people or characters arguing about which of two objects is better.
April - Create at least ten computer/internet terms. Bonus points if they are based on a theme that is not workspace-related like in English.
May - No challenge.
June - Write a few lines of a rap/hip-hop song in your conlang. Bonus points if it flows great. Remember to include IPA!
July - No challenge.
August - No challenge.
September - No challenge.