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Selected entries from the D'skuban Dictionary #80

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samcoppini opened this issue Nov 10, 2014 · 3 comments
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Selected entries from the D'skuban Dictionary #80

samcoppini opened this issue Nov 10, 2014 · 3 comments
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@samcoppini
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@samcoppini samcoppini commented Nov 10, 2014

Alright, I finished another "novel", its output can be found HERE, and the source code can be found HERE.

Basically, it's a dictionary of an imaginary language. It generates random words with an alphabet of 13 letters, then it gives each of them a random definition from wordnik, changing the definition slightly if necessary.

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@ikarth ikarth commented Nov 10, 2014

A Tlön-esque item: a dictionary of an imaginary language. But in cataloging the imaginary words, the dictionary creates them thereby bringing the language into existence. Is a language still imaginary when we can write in it? Bibint-asta moonslif bondadi ibif sapo-abap-ooskl.

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@slacy slacy commented Nov 10, 2014

A bit reminiscent of the Dictionary of the Khazars (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dictionary_of_the_Khazars)

Which also lends credence to "dictionary as a form of novel"

Would be interesting to somehow weave some common thread through the whole
thing.

On Sun Nov 09 2014 at 8:07:18 PM ikarth notifications@github.com wrote:

A Tlön-esque item: a dictionary of an imaginary language. But in
cataloging the imaginary words, the dictionary creates them thereby
bringing the language into existence. Is a language still imaginary when we
can write in it? Bibint-asta moonslif bondadi ibif sapo-abap-ooskl.


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@cpressey cpressey commented Nov 12, 2014

Hi @samcoppini -- I hope you don't mind, I've used this work as an input corpus for one of my little experiments. The resulting text: Excerpts from "Appreciating the Great D'skuban Playwrights, Vol. I".

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