Introduction and Discussion
Anyway, I thought I'd introduce myself. I'm primarily a visual artist and sometimes writer. For many years I've been working on a kind of art language. It's mainly based on the idea of having a complete, closed set of root words sufficient for categorizing all phenomena through compound-based derivation: each root is represented by a single syllable and a single ideographic character. Each root is chosen by weighing personal aesthetic considerations against the principal of giving the entire set a maximum of semantic coverage with a minimum of redundancy and keeping the set relatively small (between 700 or 1200 total roots). It's a mix of art and logic.
The grammar is extremely simple, depending almost entirely on syntax and the semantic power of the carefully chosen roots. It's best compared to something like Old Chinese. What grammar it does have is mostly concerned with conjunctions, dependent clauses and signalling changes in lexical category. That kind of thing.
Anyway, recently I got it my head to start a branch project. Mostly it consists of taking the system of semantic categories and ideo-syllabic graphemes I've devised and trying to cram an existing language into it: I'm going to lexify it with Germanic roots and give it a Germanic grammar (With some twists). Multisyllablic roots will use the graphemes more phonetically but alphabetic characters (in syllabic blocks like Hangul) will by used to handle stem inflections and function words. Foolish or not I'm going to give this a shot.
So far my biggest problem is figuring out a feasible syllabary.