Mark Rosenfelder's Gen. Enter your syllable types in the syllable boxes,
using any categories you want (e.g. R for liquids). Define the phonemes that make up those categories in the categories box.
Hit Generate to create a random wordlist. Click on the small question marks ? for help, or go
read through the tutorial I wrote.
Categories:?This is where you define categories of sounds. The
format is X=abcde where X is the category (any single character)
and abcde is a run of characters that are assigned to the category.
Categories are used in the syllable boxes. When a category is chosen, a character
is chosen from its run according to a utilization rate that favors the characters at the beginning
of the run. The rate can be changed via the Dropoff selector.
Rewrite rules:?These are used to perform global replacements on
generated words. Since categories only output one character at a time, you can use this for
two-letter phonemes. For instance, you might use T||th to change the generated word
Tem into them.
!%X expressions where X is the label of a category: %X is
replaced with [a-z] and !%X is replaced with
[^a-z], where a-z is the run of characters in that category.
Predefs use rewrite rules to remove long runs of letters, modify letters based on the
letters around them, and more.
SWord-initial syllables:?If the generator asks for a multi-syllable word, syllables in this box will be
used for the first syllable in the word.
Syllables are strings made up of one or more Categories. For example, if the
categories C=bd and V=ai exist, a syllable CV
might output ba, bi, da, or
di. If a character in a syllable isn't a category, it will be outputted
directly. (For example, CoV could output boi.)
?If unchecked, more options will
appear, and the generator will take them into account when generating words. Leave this checked if your syllables
don't have special rules as to when they appear in different parts of a word.
Single-word syllables:?If the generator asks for a single-syllable
word (a monosyllable), it will pull a syllable from those in this box. See Word-Initial
Syllables for more information.
Mid-word syllables:?If the generator asks for a multi-syllable word, the
syllables in this box will be used to form syllables that are neither the first nor last in the word. See
Word-Initial Syllables for more information.
Word-final syllables:?If the generator asks for a multi-syllable word,
syllables in this box will be used for the final syllable in the word. See Word-Initial Syllables
for more information.
Output type:?This choice determines what will appear in the
Output section below. Text output will output a pseudo-text. Wordlist outputs
a columnized list of 150 words. Giant List gives you 750 words, presented one per line. All
Possible Syllables presents all possible syllables, one per line, ignoring Dropoff and
Dropoff:?This choice determines how fast the utilization
rate declines. (See Categories.) Assume you're using S=tspkThfS.
Fast makes the t appear much more than s, which appears much
more than p, and so on. Molasses has a less steep decline, but
t still shows up more than s, and so on. Equiprobable gives
all choices an equal chance.
graph is an approximation
Monosyllables:?This choice determines how often
single-syllable words are generated, from Rare producing very few, to Always giving nothing
?If checked, syllable boundaries will be marked
with a dot: ·
NOTE: This renders all rewrite rules
useless across syllable boundaries. ?Normally, syllables at the top of a syllable box
will be chosen more often than syllables lower down. If checked, this is still true, but upper syllables
will not have as much of an edge over lower syllables.
Clicking Save to Browser will store the current input to your browser's
localStorage, if your browser supports it, and create a new Custom Settings Default. If you
already have info stored, this will overwrite it!
NOTE: This should not be considered a long-term
storage solution, as your browser might delete it if you run out of cache or localStorage space. Use
Export Settings to keep an offline backup.
Clicking Clear from Browser will delete any information stored on your browser by the
Clicking Import Settings will open a box where you can paste information formatted by
Export Settings. Clicking Import below the box will load your settings.
Clicking Cancel will close the box.
Clicking Export Settings will open a box and fill it with formatted information based on
the settings currently active. Copy and save it for your own records, and use Import
Settings to reload it at a later date.
Wordlist spacing: em?
When using a Wordlist as an Output type, this determines how much space each word will take
up. Modify this if the words you're generating are larger (or much smaller) than the space the Wordlist is
giving you. Maximum 1000.
words?When you use a Wordlist as an Output
Type, it will output this many words. Maximum 1000.
Giant List size:
words?When you use Giant List as an Output
Type, it will output this many words. Maximum 5000.
sentences?When you use Text output as your Output
Type, it will output this many sentences. (Sentences are between 1 and 15 words long, strongly
favoring the middle of that range. 500 sentences maximum.)
Rewrite separator: ?
Defines the plain text that separates the search expression from the replacement expression in
Generate button starts the generator, printing output into the Output section below.
The Output Type option determines what kind of information gets printed.?
Clicking the Erase Output button erases everything in the Output below.?
Clicking the Clear Input button erases everything in the syllable,
category and rewrite boxes, unchecks all checkboxes, and sets
dropoff, output type and monosyllables to their initial
Clicking the Extra Characters button puts a bunch of
IPA, Latin, Cyrillic, Armenian, Greek and Coptic characters
into the Output section. (You can then cut and paste them into any of the boxes above!) Note: some
characters may not print, especially if on a mobile device.?Choosing a selection from the drop-down list and then clicking the Load
Predef button will load a set of pre-defined categories, rewrite rules and
syllables for you to use. Other checkboxes and options may change, too.
Kartaran and Reemish are fictional language families of my own construction. Other options should be