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. Use cut and paste to save your work. 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.
accepts %X and !%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
?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 wordlist 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.
is an approximation
Monosyllables:?This choice determines how often single-syllable words
are generated, from Rare producing very few, to Always giving nothing but.
?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.
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.
from Browser will delete any information stored on your browser by the Save button.
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.
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.
Table cell size: 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.
Wordlist size: words
?When you use a Wordlist as an Output Type, it will output this many words.
Giant wordlist: words
?When you use Giant Wordlist as an Output Type, it will output this many words.
Pseudo-text size: 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.)
Rewrite separator: ?Defines
the plain text that separates the search expression from the replacement expression in Rewrite Rules
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 values.?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