Last night, by the magical wonders of the internet, I was watching some Jeeves and Wooster (featuring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry). I always thought the books played with words quite well and the series, though rather old now, is excellent.
The names where also good too, as recent posts have shown I'm a bit fixated with names at the moment. The names bandied about in this program - along with the language is obviously upper class. These names belong to certain strata of society. I wondered if I could get a grammar going ... :D I only watched one episode but I managed to note down a few of the names that came up mainly last names. Today at school I came up with the following rough grammar:
[start] -> [S1][mid][e2] | [S1][V][e1] | [S2][V][e1]
[S1] -> "gl" | "br" | "f"
[S2] -> "wo"
[V] -> "a" | "e" | "i" | "o" | "u"
[mid] -> "ith" | "ains" | "ipps" | "iggs"
[e1] -> "ssup" | "ster" | "gget" | "n" | [e2]
[e2] -> "ley" | "wauld" | "worth" | "wick" | "bottom"
Which gave some reasonably good outputs even though it's obviously rather limited at the moment.
These are pretty good names but I'd like a little more variety. I'm thinking of creating possibly fifty or so grammars like the above for upper and lower classes. On top of that I may add a random grammar generator that will probably create truely unusual but not impossible name-sets.
Of course at this point you may be thinking Why why why all these names? Well I find it entertaining and interesting. Also the scope of my game is rather large and name thirsty. I'm not the only one[2, 3] of course people writing MMORPG will want name generators perhaps as leveled as mine (or even more complicated)
Nothing else interesting to report at the moment though.