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 and its relatives, 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 first made Tekuo a parallel Earth, so that I would have less need to invent things and to help explain travel between Earth and Tekuo. I am now reworking it as a separate Earth-like planet. This gives me greater creative scope and allows for the possibility that parallel world theory may at some point be disproved.

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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