VÜlgÅr. A language generator

Can I request new features?

Yes! Please send feature requests (and bugs) to info@vulgarlang.com.

Can I use a language generated by Vulgar in a published work?

Yes! We will not attempt to claim copyright over any generated output from Vulgar. Copyright is only held over the source code and IPA recordings. In fact, if you are using Vulgar in a published work, we would love to hear about it, and would probably be happy to promote it.

Why is my seed number producing different results?

If you use any custom settings in the free version, those settings must be re-entered exactly the same as they were (along with the seed number) to get the same output in the full version. Otherwise the program will output what the seed number would have generated if it was allowed to randomly pick its own settings. Any custom phonemes must be re-entered in the exact same order too, otherwise it will apply different frequencies to those phonemes. In general we do not recommend using the seed number to save off your language for posterity.

My custom orthography is being weird. What's up with that?

It's possible that you need to change the order of your rules.

What is the default 2000 word list?

Vulgar's default word list the comes from an English word frequency list by linguist Mark Davies at Wordfrequency.info. Davies' research groups inflected English words into their non-inflected dictionary forms, example: ‘is’, ‘was’, and ‘were’ are counted as ‘be’; ‘dogs’ is counted as ‘dog’.

However, because this research comes from a corpus of contemporary American English, a certain level of artistic licence has been taken to tailor the vocabulary towards a more ‘fantasy fiction’ genre. Certain highly culturally specific words have been removed (e.g. ‘Catholic’, ‘Republican’), as well as some highly modern terminology (e.g. ‘internet’). Meanwhile, many words that would be deemed important to a more pre-technological society have been added or moved up the list (‘lake’, ‘hill’, ‘sword’, ‘murder’ and the oldest profession ‘prostitute’, just to name a few).

The default list also covers the Swadesh list, which is often used in the conlang community as a starting point for basic vocabulary.

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