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I've been working on Nanyse off and on (and under different names) for about... 13 years now? My father gave me two blank word templates (one for regular phrases, the other for slang phrases) called Conlang and I thought that it would be so incredibly cool to have my very own secret language. I had already been collecting words that I thought were cool (don't remember when I started doing that) and the templates gave me ways to order them and ideas of what other words I should look for.
About a year or two ago, I decided to merge my Nanyse project with an idea for a sci-fi story I'd had bouncing around my head since I was 13 years old. I knew that if I was going to be using it as an actual language (and if I wanted it taken seriously), that I would have to go about my work completely differently - I'd pretty much have to rewrite Nanyse from the ground up. So I started Googling any language I could think of (old ones and new, real ones and fake) and using them as reference to get an idea of what I did and didn't want in my language. I also looked up many, many examples of slang (always in other languages) so that I could have a broad base for choosing vocabulary words from.
... Yeah, I'm not done with that vocabulary part just yet. Or the grammar. But I have figured out how all the letters sound, now. I'm pleased with that. That IPA site (both visual and audio parts) was a little intimidating at first, but I really liked all the different sounds they managed to put into symbols. What I didn't like was that there was no sound for "ch". There was a symbol for pretty much any other sound combo in the English language, but none for "ch", so I just had to approximate and make do. *sighs* *pouts*
So, anyway, I plan on posting my alphabet next so everyone can be properly impressed. And I'm hoping to start posting blog entries entirely in Nanyse or going back and keeping older entries, but adding a translation below *nods sagely* Yes, yes - that would be full of awesome and win. This is my first article on anything wiki, by the by, and I'm highly pleased that it's about my language. *grins*
I will post more details about my project later - there's a long, hot shower calling my name and I don't think I should make it wait.