In Opinions on having (weekly) topic challenges? I asked whether we wanted to have topic challenges, that is essentially meta threads encouraging users to ask topics on a specific topics. I would like to start these on Friday (in two days), and we need to collect some interesting topics. Topics can, but don’t have to, be associated with a tag, e.g. . The challenges will remain up for two weeks, so they should be somewhat broad to allow for many kinds of questions.

For convenience’s sake, simply make an answer for each topic, perhaps with some example questions or an explanation for the scope of the topic.

  • Will there be another featured post announcing each topic challenge, or will that be incorporated into this post, in which case how do we easily see which one is current?
    – curiousdannii Mod
    Jun 29 '18 at 5:09
  • There will be a new post so we can easily promote it. The main question is how do we keep this one here visible, cause keeping it featured isn't really an option. I guess I'll just link back to it every time. Jun 29 '18 at 7:21
  • Linking back to it seems easiest
    – Sparksbet
    Jun 29 '18 at 17:34

Writing systems

Many conlangers like to develop new writing systems for their conlangs.

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Many conlangs start at the phonology, i.e. the sound system. As such I reckon many (particularly inexperienced) conlangers have unanswered questions about this topic, both specific their own conlangs (regarding naturalism and the likes) and as a general linguistic topic.

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This challenge has been run:
Topic Challenge: Phonology


Conlang communities

Questions about real-life communities of conlangers. Questions could be about finding or starting clubs (though not specific recommendations), how to sustain a speech community, perhaps how to teach someone your conlang

Associated tags: ,

Now running: Topic Challenge: Conlanging Communities


Language contact

Questions about how to simulate language contact in a conlang, including borrowing, pidginisation and creolisation, code switching, sociolinguistics and prestige languages/dialects/registers...

Associated tags: , , , , ,

This challenge has been run: Topic Challenge: Language Contact



Tense-Aspect-Modality-Evidentiality are core parts of verbal morphology. Every(?) natlang will gramatically express at least one of these. Lots of scope for questions here.

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This challenge has been run:
Topic Challenge: Tense/Aspect/Mood/Evidentiality


Specific conlang: Klingon

Questions about Klingon.

I choose this specific conlang because it attracts a lot of views, and there are people here to ask and answer questions about it.


Specific conlang: Toki Pona

Questions about Toki Pona.



Questions about expression of temporal actions (past, present, future) with the action of verbs (eat, ate, will eat) as it varies through conlangs, and building the changes necessary in a language to express different temporal tenses.

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    We did just run the TAM topic challenge which included this. No problem running another more specific challenge later, but I think we'd want to wait a while and cover other topics first.
    – curiousdannii Mod
    Jul 17 '18 at 1:44

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