I am proposing the use of a or or anything similar to tag questions that are mainly focused on the script of a language or the analysis thereof.

The need for such a tag formed in my mind when reading this question on the language of the movie 'Arrival'.

What are your thoughts on the subject? Would such a tag make sense or promote unnecessary segregation or hordes of other issues?

  • Note: If you agree with a proposal you usually upvote it, if you disagree you would downvote it.
    – dot_Sp0T
    Feb 8 '18 at 16:41

We were actually just discussing this in chat. A summary of what was discussed:

  • Scripts/writing systems need to be distinguished from how specific languages use them
  • Questions on this site are likely to discuss:
    • How existing conlangs are written
    • How to use an existing script for a new conlang
    • How to create a new script
  • Possibly all three of these need tags, possibly not.
  • Possible tags include: , , (I don't like the last)

There really needs to be a tacit balance between genuine linguistic questions that do not in any way deal with conlanging, and questions about usage in natural languages that do provide some conlanging input. I'm not sure we can ever achieve this balance, nor that we can uncontroversially draw a line between one and the other, but there is and should be a place for questions about how some natural languages use their orthographies.

  • "but there is and should be a place for questions about how some natural languages use their orthographies" - yep, that place is Linguistics.
    – curiousdannii Mod
    Feb 8 '18 at 15:17
  • Questions here need to be explicit about their relevance to conlangs.
    – curiousdannii Mod
    Feb 8 '18 at 15:31
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    A discussion about how East Asian languages use Chinese logographs may be raised in a way that is relevant to conlanging: if someone knowledgeable explains their vital differences, those less knowledgeable might have an easier time devising their own implementation of the script @curiousdannii
    – Darkgamma
    Feb 8 '18 at 15:39

I think, there are two things

  1. Generic questions about
  2. Specific questions about , i.e., constructed writing systems. A conscript can also be used for a natural language (like the Shawian alphabet for English).
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    I am not sure if conscript is a good term
    – dot_Sp0T
    Feb 8 '18 at 15:11
  • It is at least a somewhat introduced term, see for instance the ConScript Unicode Registry here: evertype.com/standards/csur Feb 8 '18 at 15:27
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    I was just trying to make a humorous statement...
    – dot_Sp0T
    Feb 8 '18 at 15:40
  • @jknappen It's striking how many of those script names have a K or Z in them!
    – curiousdannii Mod
    Feb 8 '18 at 15:45
  • @curiousdannii One prolific conscripter seems to be very fond of these two letters Feb 8 '18 at 15:49
  • @jknappen Oh yeah, I didn't notice most of those were by Herman Miller.
    – curiousdannii Mod
    Feb 8 '18 at 15:50

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