Archive for November, 2019

Galarian alphabet, part 3

By nick15 [November 18, 2019 - 01:37]
[Last Updated: November 22, 2019 - 20:04]  

OK so here's a bit more info I've worked out about the Galarian alphabet (aka Galar Alphabet, Galar Region Language, Galarian Language, etc)

First off, here are the characters, in no particular order. They are, however, split between what I guess are the "upper-case" characters and those which are "lower-case". The "lower-case" characters, in turn, are also sized appropriately; I've overlaid one of those "kindergarten writing guidelines" in order to emphasize their relative size and placement.

Secondly, I did an initial count of character frequency of Galarian letters used in the game, and compared that to the character frequency of English letters. The charts of the initial results are below, and are in two forms:

Specifically, chart 1 sets the most used character as "100%", and compares each other character's frequency to it, while chart 2 simply adds up ALL characters counted and calculates the percentage the frequency that that character appears overall. Flatter graphs mean that each character appears more evenly relative to one another.

The results kinda supports the idea that Galarian is just gibberish, but it does also support the idea that there is some level of intention going on—what I called "consistent gibberish". As seen in chart 1, the first few characters seem to mirror frequency similar to that of English, with the remaining characters appearing more often. Then in chart 2, the overall character frequency is far more flat than English... and even though Galarian has 39 characters over English's 26 characters (50% more), the most frequently used Galarian character used more than 50% less than the most frequently used English character.

For the record, here is the results of my initial character frequency calculation for the Galarian alphabet:

The most infrequently used character, which resembles a lower-case "o", is not a typo; I initially thought that maybe its appearance was either a cropped "tabbed-o" (the second most frequent character [24]) or the one that looks like a lower-case "u" (fifth most frequent [18])... but nope, it's definitely an "o".

Now it's worth pointing out that the most frequent English characters which seemed to match the relative frequency of the first few Galarian characters are:

  1. E (12.02%)
  2. T (9.10%)
  3. A (8.12%)
  4. O (7.68%)
  5. I (7.31%)
  6. N (6.95%)

...which seems to match some of the relative frequencies of Galarian characters. Like, E is the most frequent English character, and the most frequent Galarian character is used as an "E" in a number of places. Likewise with A in English, and how the third-most frequent Galarian character was used as an "A" in "LEAGUE", as seen in the "GALAR LEAGUE" example below:


Another interesting point is that many of the most frequently used Galarian characters are the "lower-case characters". But I think this might be slightly skewed because I found them used more at the train station signs, and those tend to use those characters more exclusively. This was the reason I suspected that some characters might be used more frequently with one another than with others... which is why my next plan is to start recording actual examples of Galarian text, albeit in a more organized fashion, and then use that as a foundation to work out how often characters appear. Like, find all words with a particular Galarian character in it, and then count the frequency of other characters found within those words. I'm curious to see if it's possible to find links between certain characters.

Here's just a small example of what I've gathered so far... but I still have a ways to go. I'm also going to stick with words I find in-game, as opposed to any prerelease examples, as those clearly had some errors which would've been corrected by then.

Anyways, that's all I've got to share at the moment. I've worked out quite a bit so far, but there's a lot more left to uncover. This will definitely extend my playtime out by a bit more, but hey, that's how I've rolled with this game since day one... I've always wanted to uncover something about this game I love that no one else thought to cover, or cover as extensively as I have.

Galarian Alphabet observations, part 2

By nick15 [November 17, 2019 - 13:26]
[Last Updated: November 17, 2019 - 13:30]  

Howdy, y'all... just popping by to share a few new observations with youse guys.

  • I've detected 39 unique characters in the Galarian alphabet. However...
  • Apparently some of these characters are used only with one another, and not around others. I therefore suspect that they are intended to be "lower case" characters of other characters.
  • A perfect example of this is the existence of the character Ξ, which seems to represent the English character E, as well as the existence of a similar character =, which also seems to represent E... so I suspect it's the lower case form of Ξ.
  • With that said, Galarian might not have 39 characters but maybe only 20 or 26 or so.

Now there is a way to test this. Every single written language uses some characters more than others. In English you'll see characters like E, T, and N far more often than characters like Q, Z, and X. If Galarian is a cipher of English or Japanese, or at least SOME language, then characters will be clearly used more often than others. On the other hand, if Galarian is just random gibberish, then the characters will all be used equally with one another, with no significant difference in use.

With those as the two extremes, it's at least possible to determine the dev's intentions with the language... it may be possible that Galarian is somewhere in between the two... let's say "consistent gibberish", like the characters they use is random, but it's used to at least simulate some level of syntax, like how "GALAR LEAGUE" reuses characters intended to resemble the As and Es, but not the Ls and Gs.

Another thing to test is how often certain characters are used with other characters. Like, given a particular character in a particular word, how often do other characters appear with character. With this it may be possible to determine what are intended to be the "lower case" characters and which are not.

So far I've been tallying up how often each character appear at all, in order to generate a list of all characters ordered by popularity. I hope to get something to share with everyone later today.

AAAAHHHH NICKIT

By nick15 [November 16, 2019 - 19:45]
[Last Updated: November 16, 2019 - 19:45]  

AAAAAHHHHHHHH

AAAHH!!!!!

OOOK OK calm down.

Ok so get this.

  • Nick15
  • NickIS (15 looks like IS)
  • Nickis
  • Nickit (T comes after S)

OH! OR HOW ABOUT

  • Nickit
  • NickIT
  • Nick17 (T looks like 7)
  • Nick15 (15 is close to 17)

AAAAHHH THIS IS LIKE THIS MOST OFFICIAL POKEMON TO MY NAME I DON'T CARE IF IT'S A COINCIDENCE I'M GONNA PRETEND SOMEONE AT GAME FREAK OR POKEMON INC NAMED NICKIT AFTER ME

Page about the Galarian Alphabet

By nick15 [November 16, 2019 - 19:00]
[Last Updated: November 16, 2019 - 19:01]  

This is just a quick notice that I've set up a repository page for everything I can work out about the Galarian alphabet (and possible language) over in the sidebar. You can also check it out here.

It's a bit bare bones, but I do share my THREE HYPOTHESIS (hypothesises? hypothesi?) on what the Galarian alphabet actually is, based on what I've already sorted out.

I've also included a short little guide on where the Galarian characters were based on; so far it seems like no less than SEVEN different and unique scripts served as an inspiration for the Galarian alphabet. Pokemon has long since been about bringing the world together, so what better way to underline this message than to create a unique script which pulls inspiration from all the different scripts used by people worldwide! I can't wait to find all of its inspirations!

Anyways, enjoy! Huzzah, good times.

Pokémon Sword/Shield Initial Thoughts

By nick15 [November 16, 2019 - 14:02]
[Last Updated: November 16, 2019 - 18:05]  

Pokemon Sword-Shield artwork
Oh man.

OK so apparently there's some serious controversy about SWSD being rushed and not optimized properly. I've got a few things to say about that, but I'll share that later when I've gathered my thoughts about this some more.

Another thing I'd like to cover is the Galar alphabet, which I find super interesting... to put it as simply as possible. ... OK I'm CRAZY about it. I LOOOOVVVEEE languages, writing systems, this kind of stuff. So much that I've made up many of my own! Anyways, I'm keen on deciphering it, but I've already discovered a couple things about it already... but I'll share that in another post.

...

Finally, my initial thoughts on the game. So far it's... ok! Look, I'm gonna be biased about Pokémon in general, but so far I've just finished the Gym Challenge opening ceremony and nothing seems too amis. Hop is your typical "friendly rival"... annoying and over-enthusiastic, but whatever, typical fare for Pokémon.

The world is bigger, but it also seems a bit smaller too. It's hard to explain. There is definitely more of that "open world" style that made Sun/Moon so different, and definitely better... but at the same time, now that Pokémon is on a console like the Switch, it's size no longer feels appropriate. Pokémon has always been an "portable" game on a portable console, but now it's a "portable" game trying to fit inside a console that can play Skyrim and Witcher III no problemo. I think it's going to be judged on different standards now, and I honestly think that's fair.

Er, well, this is going in a direction I want to save for another time. Right now, the game is still entertaining and I want to continue playing to see where things go. Hopefully it's just as entertaining as every other Pokémon game has been for me.

 
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