Vulgar's First ever Conlang Competition!
To celebrate the release of Vulgar's newest Pro version, we are holding our first ever conlang competition! The winner will be announced in late July and will receive a US$200 cash prize!
The goal is simple: Make a language with Vulgar Pro, and make it as realistic as possible.
What we want to see in your language
• Fleshed out grammar rules - Vulgar doesn't (yet) do every grammar possibility under the sun. Making a language with lots of fancy, funky and fun grammar rules will earn you bonus points
• Interesting custom vocabulary and/or colexification. What's colexification? That's where a language uses a word with a range of meanings, or when a words has extended metaphorical meanings. Example: in French the word for "circulation" can be used to mean "traffic". See more examples of colexification here.
What you need to do to enter and win
1. Get Vulgar Pro
2. Generate a language
3. Do some manual editing to the language - adding your "human touch" to it
4. Submit your language to email@example.com with the subject "Conlang comp", before 25 July 2018
How will this be judged?
The competition will be judged by how much effort applicants put into their overall language, which includes judging aspects of grammar and vocabulary. We reserve the right to also judge languages on subjective grounds.
What do you mean by realistic?
By "realistic" what we mean is we want to see languages that have a certain level of irregularity. We do not want languages that are perfectly regular, like Esperanto. By "realistic" we do not mean that you can't add features that don't exist in any recorded language. We encourage outside-the-box ideas.
What format should the language be in?
We will not be judging your formatting, however we would like to see the vocabulary in the PDF (LaTeX) format if possible. HOWEVER, your grammar may be in any format at all, eg: Word Doc. We know that custom formatting in LaTeX is quite tricky, and don't expect anyone to do that.
Do I have to use Vulgar's default vocabulary?
No. Certainly not all of the default vocabulary. However we would like a vocabulary that covers most of the scope of the default 4000 words, as this is based on research on the most common words in English. However, deleting words that do not fit into the culture of your language, and/or adding more words is encouraged!
What will the winning language be used for?
With permission we would like to showcase the winner on the website. However, you will still "own" the language.
You MUST have a PayPal account in order to receive the cash prize. Other forms of payment will not be considered.