About

My name is David Johnson. I am in my fifties and married with one adult son. I live in the scenic English county of North Yorkshire and work as a librarian specialising in Romance language materials.

I have imagined languages and countries since I was little, but only done so systematically in recent years. I am a member of the Language Creation Society and  the Conlang Mailing List under my own name, and under the name Ketumak, I belong to the Zompist and Conlanger Bulletin Boards.

In the Lemohai language, I have sought a balance between familiar features that I can handle and unusual ones to give character. I have taken ideas from English, my work languages, Indonesian, Yoruba and Tok Pisin plus Jamaican and Haitian Creoles.

I made Tekuo a parallel Earth rather than a completely new planet, so I have less need to invent things. As a parallel Earth, it can plausibly host humanoid lifeforms and is easier for the reader to imagine. It also means you can imagine travelling between Earth and Tekuo as a simple (!) hop through hyperspace, rather than a same-universe journey of many light years.

mohai.conlang.org is a conlang and conworld site. Designing CONstructed LANGuages and worlds is an absorbing hobby that calls for creativity and logic, breadth of vision and attention to detail. You can discover more about it at the sites on my Links page.

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