Zompist.com, also called The Metaverse, is a website created by Mark Rosenfelder a.k.a. Zompist, a conlanger. It features essays on comics, politics, language, and science, as well as a detailed description of Rosenfelder's constructed world, Almea. The website is also the home of the Language Construction Kit, Rosenfelder's article introducing new conlangers to the hobby.
Many features of the site have been noted by the press, including its culture tests, humorous excerpts from phrase books, its collection of numbers in over 5000 languages and the "Language Construction Kit".
Language Construction Kit
The Language Construction Kit was originally a collection of HTML documents written by Rosenfelder and hosted at Zompist.com intended to be a guide for making constructed languages. The Kit proceeds from the simplest aspects of language upward, starting with phonology and writing systems, moving on to words, going through the complexities of grammar, and ending with an overview of registers and dialects. This sensible progression, as well as the warnings against common oversights, frequent use of examples from natural languages, and healthy dose of humor, has earned the Kit its popular and respected status among the Internet conlanging community. It has been translated into Portuguese, German and Italian by fans, and has come out in book form in March 2010. Rosenfelder has published book versions of the Kit, and there are now three follow-up works: the Advanced Language Construction, The Conlanger's Lexipedia, and the "Planet Construction Kit", which is geared towards creating whole fantasy worlds.
The Zompist Bulletin Board
The website has a corresponding bulletin board, formerly hosted with SpinnWebe but now with its own domain at www.incatena.org. The Zompist Bulletin Board (often abbreviated ZBB) is an online forum created for the purpose of discussing conlangs, conworlds, and Mark Rosenfelder's own constructed world, Almea. Members of the board share and showcase their own conlangs and conworlds, as well as discuss aspects of the world's languages.
Almea is the fictional world constructed by Mark Rosenfelder which Zompist.com is mainly dedicated to. It is populated by several races, known as the Thinking Kinds. The Thinking kinds include the humans, the ktuvoks (swamp reptiles considered demons by most Almean humans), the iliu (ancient wise aquatic race, playing a role similar to elves in Tolkien's mythos), the flaids (said to be 'friendly but insane'), the elcari (hard-working mountain dwellers comparable to Tolkien's dwarves), and the icëlani (more primitive relatives of humans). Almea's main continent, Ereláe, has several nations, including Verduria, which is the most detailed, Dhekhnam, which is a ktuvok empire (meaning that humans function as slaves to the ktuvoks there, much like blacks were slaves to whites in the South), and Skouras, a detailed maritime nation. Ereláe also has a detailed historical atlas, which was inspired by the New Penguin Historical Atlases. In addition to the various atlases and languages, there is also a wiki called the Almeopedia, which works as an encyclopedic reference. The part of the website devoted to Almea, Virtual Verduria, also includes a range of stories and guides to various subjects, including drawing and maps.
Languages of Almea described on the website include:
- Old Skourene
Most words in those languages have etymologies, being derived a proto-languages (like Proto-Eastern above) by means of sound changes, and are given historical backgrounds, resulting in presence of loan-words.
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- Lexington Herald-Leader (KY), February 4, 2002, Page A2
- Fairfield County Business Journal; 12/27/99, Vol. 38 Issue 52, p7, "Surf's Up"
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