NativLang

is creating animated linguistic tales

477

patrons

$2,247

per creation
Thank you so much, NativLang subscribers and patrons! I appreciate you for sticking around, subscribing and supporting my animations!

I've spent years adventuring into the fascinating history of language, turning linguistic tales into engaging animations. This is my passion and my focus. You make this possible - you've been supporting, suggesting and voting on videos that wouldn't exist without you.


Who's behind NativLang?

I'm a language adventurer named Josh. I've been hooked on languages for life. As a kid I learned and even created languages, but I dreamed of being a cartoonist. My compromise? Use my background in art, code and music to tell the captivating story of human language.

Why Support Me on Patreon?

I started posting here to keep track of my projects. Eventually, you decided to start sponsoring me. So I added rewards with personal touches to connect you to these linguistic tales. You're in the right place if:

  • You love my hard work. This is where you can stay updated about what's been and what will be.

  • You want to "vote with your wallet" for NativLang to flourish. Your generosity is appreciated but not required.

Charges & Timing

Videos are supported per creation. I take that to mean a full animated project that either is a linguistic tale or ties into the linguistic tales. (I have not made "paid posts" out of the animated updates I've done or some of the smaller sidestories.)

I aim to release a video each month. I keep that flexible. Some months you may see none, some months I hope you'll see two. Besides art/animation, the major variable is research (especially when I have to study unfamiliar languages) and balancing other projects trying to push forward my vision for NativLang (often coding something more interactive).

The best videos have taken well over 100 hours for audio + art assets + animation + edits, on top of the research (the pre-vid stuff) and the upload data + feature art + sources doc (the post-vid stuff). The one I tracked and graphed most recently, Genghis Khan, demanded over 300 hours.

I say this to give you a sense for the amount of time and thought behind your cash. It matters to me that I do right by my patrons.
Tiers
Phoneme
$1 or more per creation

Become one of my patrons, and access my latest creative antics in the feed. (All higher levels get access, too.)

Allophone
$2 or more per creation
You're just as rewarding as a phoneme, but you're much more sensitive to your phonological environment.
Free Variant
$5 or more per creation

Free variation gives you options. Vote in idea, draft and video polls. Shape my ideas by voting for future topics and drafts, plus cast your vote for the finalists to decide the next video! (All higher levels vote, too.)

Grapheme
$10 or more per creation

You inspire me. I add your name to my digital sketchbook. I see these names whenever I work on a new video – an inspiring reminder of what I'm here for.

(At this level and above, you've unlocked just about every patron post I've ever posted.)

Ideogram
$25 or more per creation

I add your name atop the old āmatl paper that unfurls at the end of each video you sponsor.

Oligosynthesis
$40 or more per creation only 10 left

I send a sketch from the project with a personal handwritten thanks below it for each video you sponsor. You're so rare it's unnatural, just like an oligosynthetic language.

Ergative-absolutive
$50 or more per creation

Do NOT have your name show up at the end, or anywhere else. Vote, enjoy updates, but remain a silent, immensely appreciated benefactor. Are you the "subject" of intransitive verbs? Thanks to your ergativity, absolutively not! (Tier inspired by a patron, who will remain anonymous.)

Language Isolate
$60 or more per creation only 1 left
Your name, or the name of a loved one, gets a special spot during the video's ending right next to the animated outro character.
Decipherer
$100.11 or more per creation (sold out!)
As a decipherer, a personal reference to you is cleverly hidden in at least half of the videos you sponsor. Secret decisions about you become part of the art and storyboarding process!
Goals
$2,247 of $2,600 per creation
Encourage even better research. My big secret to unearthing stories: lots of reading and listening! I will pay access fees to subscribe to a good scholarly source relevant to language history.
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Thank you so much, NativLang subscribers and patrons! I appreciate you for sticking around, subscribing and supporting my animations!

I've spent years adventuring into the fascinating history of language, turning linguistic tales into engaging animations. This is my passion and my focus. You make this possible - you've been supporting, suggesting and voting on videos that wouldn't exist without you.


Who's behind NativLang?

I'm a language adventurer named Josh. I've been hooked on languages for life. As a kid I learned and even created languages, but I dreamed of being a cartoonist. My compromise? Use my background in art, code and music to tell the captivating story of human language.

Why Support Me on Patreon?

I started posting here to keep track of my projects. Eventually, you decided to start sponsoring me. So I added rewards with personal touches to connect you to these linguistic tales. You're in the right place if:

  • You love my hard work. This is where you can stay updated about what's been and what will be.

  • You want to "vote with your wallet" for NativLang to flourish. Your generosity is appreciated but not required.

Charges & Timing

Videos are supported per creation. I take that to mean a full animated project that either is a linguistic tale or ties into the linguistic tales. (I have not made "paid posts" out of the animated updates I've done or some of the smaller sidestories.)

I aim to release a video each month. I keep that flexible. Some months you may see none, some months I hope you'll see two. Besides art/animation, the major variable is research (especially when I have to study unfamiliar languages) and balancing other projects trying to push forward my vision for NativLang (often coding something more interactive).

The best videos have taken well over 100 hours for audio + art assets + animation + edits, on top of the research (the pre-vid stuff) and the upload data + feature art + sources doc (the post-vid stuff). The one I tracked and graphed most recently, Genghis Khan, demanded over 300 hours.

I say this to give you a sense for the amount of time and thought behind your cash. It matters to me that I do right by my patrons.

Recent posts by NativLang

Tiers
Phoneme
$1 or more per creation

Become one of my patrons, and access my latest creative antics in the feed. (All higher levels get access, too.)

Allophone
$2 or more per creation
You're just as rewarding as a phoneme, but you're much more sensitive to your phonological environment.
Free Variant
$5 or more per creation

Free variation gives you options. Vote in idea, draft and video polls. Shape my ideas by voting for future topics and drafts, plus cast your vote for the finalists to decide the next video! (All higher levels vote, too.)

Grapheme
$10 or more per creation

You inspire me. I add your name to my digital sketchbook. I see these names whenever I work on a new video – an inspiring reminder of what I'm here for.

(At this level and above, you've unlocked just about every patron post I've ever posted.)

Ideogram
$25 or more per creation

I add your name atop the old āmatl paper that unfurls at the end of each video you sponsor.

Oligosynthesis
$40 or more per creation only 10 left

I send a sketch from the project with a personal handwritten thanks below it for each video you sponsor. You're so rare it's unnatural, just like an oligosynthetic language.

Ergative-absolutive
$50 or more per creation

Do NOT have your name show up at the end, or anywhere else. Vote, enjoy updates, but remain a silent, immensely appreciated benefactor. Are you the "subject" of intransitive verbs? Thanks to your ergativity, absolutively not! (Tier inspired by a patron, who will remain anonymous.)

Language Isolate
$60 or more per creation only 1 left
Your name, or the name of a loved one, gets a special spot during the video's ending right next to the animated outro character.
Decipherer
$100.11 or more per creation (sold out!)
As a decipherer, a personal reference to you is cleverly hidden in at least half of the videos you sponsor. Secret decisions about you become part of the art and storyboarding process!