aldersprig: (Theocracy)
Time for verbs!

Or just a single verb…

We’re going to start with the concept of to count, to sum up.

This is a very old word, first recorded as someone counting their sheep.

fuap is the root word.

fuaplu began as “one who counts.”  Now it means, well, “computer.”  That is, a machine...

read on…
aldersprig: (GIRAFFE!)
Today we are talking about vermin!

First, we are going to use the word that means vermin in Old Bear.

It comes from the older word chiav, which means worm.

 

....Whoops, I need a consistent set of noun endings for this. 

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aldersprig: (Oligarchy)
Mother Bear is our concept for today.

We're going to start with bear, the actual word for it, which is nonggo. 

You can find this word in only a couple places in modern Bear or even in Old Bear: the Mountains in the far north were originally Nonggofa and now nonggofa means "northern cold" ...

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aldersprig: (HalloweenAldersprig)
Today we're going to move on to COMFORTABLE.

The word in Old Bear come from two words:

Tcha - this word, used almost entirely as a prefix by the time of Old Bear, means "Like, as, or with."

Spes -

Spes comes from the Before Words word spezzi, which meant the best way to be; as a matter

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aldersprig: (Aldersprig Leaves Raining)
I decided the Bear Empire needed Ancient Bear, a tongue used in magery, rituals, religion, and medicine that looks nice to chant.

And here is Lexember.

I'm gonna do this backwards: I'm gonna start making up a few words, and then work the language around them.  I have a couple ideas for

read on…
aldersprig: (Aldersprig Leaves Raining)
I've been doing a bit of conlang over on Patreon this month as I play with people's names in Reiassan and their post-Edally titles.

But I realized that a core concept of Calenyen, the language, had no word: Use

Time to fix that!

Calenyen has three grammatical genders:

Useful/of Use

read on…
aldersprig: a close up of an alder leaf (Leaf)
Post 1: http://www.lynthornealder.com/2017/12/25/lexember/

Post 2: http://www.lynthornealder.com/2018/01/05/conlang-extra-lexember-syllabary/ 

Post 3: http://www.lynthornealder.com/2018/01/08/conlang3/

Post 4: http://www.lynthornealder.com/2018/01/15/conlang3-2/

Post 5: http://www.lynthornealder.com/2018/01/18/conlang/

Part 6: http://www.lynthornealder.com/2018/01/22/conlang-2/

Today's topic is... Clothes

Okay, let’s see.

We need people who weave, which means we need something to weave.

vinkin is a sort of linen-like fiber which grows easily in their environment.  vinken is the fabric made from it, and vonken is to weave or to make fabric.

rortlon is to sew; rirtlin is a sewn garment, rertlen is “sewn.”

in most cases, rirtlin has come to mean clothing as a whole.

lenlen is a sewing needle; hinlon is thread.

hinhin is embroidery, which is often done with beads made of wood, metal, or clay.

oh, yes, beads.

Ishji, ishin, jijin. (wooden, metal, clay beads).

The main garment worn is a folded sheet of fabric joined at the shoulders and often belted (kedvel; kidvil, a belt) around the waist; when the weather is cold, a tube that would probably be considered a shrug in modern terms is worn under or over this main garment.  The garment is a tilri (telren, folded; tilren, fold; tolren, to fold); the sleeve/shrug is a nini.

(none, to give someone the shoulder, to turn your back on them).



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aldersprig: (Cooking)
Post 1: http://www.lynthornealder.com/2017/12/25/lexember/

Post 2: http://www.lynthornealder.com/2018/01/05/conlang-extra-lexember-syllabary/ 

Post 3: http://www.lynthornealder.com/2018/01/08/conlang3/

Post 4: http://www.lynthornealder.com/2018/01/15/conlang3-2/

Today's topic is... Village

Village!

We have a rertivel, the house-bowl with a central green - liklek, in a style they often use (It’s a green-green)

And wid, originally a meadow or other wide stretch of land, becomes a field for planting crops in.

We have the thit, a cattle-like creature (and thet, bovine, usually used to mean lazy and sleepy, and thot, to act in a bovine matter).

The thit and the yin, an egg-laying creature (ducklike) are kept in kid, a corrale (ked, square, kidden, square, kod, to corralle).

And the food is often cooked in a central area, which is usually a kidden, the word square, moved out to mean a central cooking-place.

Those who cook are didden. (okay, technically, that's One-who-cooks.  Must do plurals next)

read on…
aldersprig: (LynConstruction)
Post 1: http://www.lynthornealder.com/2017/12/25/lexember/

Post 2: http://www.lynthornealder.com/2018/01/05/conlang-extra-lexember-syllabary/ 

Post 3: http://www.lynthornealder.com/2018/01/08/conlang3/

Today's topic is... Society

Right now, I’m building vocabulary based on a very pre-industrial society. It’s sort of an experiment (which might end up being an in-world experiment, too; I have Ideas); I’m picturing them at a beginning-to-farm level as well as having pictured them at a hunter-gatherer level and going outwards from that.

So what we have are people living mostly in tiltek, sturdy rock homes built on high outcroppings, generally up against each other and in horseshoe shapes to stand against the cold winds that come in from the coast. 

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aldersprig: (foedus)
Post 1: http://www.lynthornealder.com/2017/12/25/lexember/

Post 2: http://www.lynthornealder.com/2018/01/05/conlang-extra-lexember-syllabary/ 

Today's topic is... Shelter

The basic unit of shelter is vil, but this is used almost exclusively for what we might call a shack, although vol, to house (or be housed) is still used for almost any case involving giving someone a place to live.

Tiltek is a rock shelter, originally, but now means a sturdy or comfortable shelter. 

read on…
aldersprig: (Dragon Orange)
Post 1: http://www.lynthornealder.com/2017/12/25/lexember/

Okay, today we’re going to talk about Food.

If you’re looking for haute cuisine, that’s going to have to wait.  Today, we’re talking about very basic food for my as-of-yet-unnamed/worldbuilt society.

First is the Fiffiff root, a tuberous starch root to a thorny bush, vinni which bears berries  - the berries, thitfi, are edible by the cattle-like creature (The thit) but not by humans.

Fiffiff is cooked on one of three ways:

blended with the sap from the fijlof tree, then pounded, pounded, pounded into a paste which is spread out and dried.  The fijlof sap changes the acidity of the fiffiff and makes it store better.

boiled down and eaten like mashed potatoes.

cut into small slices and fried up with thit fat



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aldersprig: (BookGlasses)
Okay, so I am riffing off of a few things - Inspector Caracal mentioning changing an extant conlang to a syllabary, part of the Extra Credits History on the written language, a few ideas that popped into my head while in a meeting.

This is a new language and doesn’t have a world yet, oops.

The idea is: There are a list of words which are “base” words, one sound, one syllable, and THOSE words make up the base characters.

And from there, other words use those characters and those syllables. 

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aldersprig: (Shooting star)

Day 1 & 8

Day 12, oops!

So, I’m doing what, every 4 days?

Before the Curse hit their little corner of the world, the Shou were known as the finest artists in all the land – poetry, painted art, sculpture.   Now they are known as the finest artificers, but they do still hold some vestiges of art.

They live a shorter lifespan then the average human-variant, but they make up for this with a very quick childhood and a very intense apprenticeship/scholarly period.  The apprenticeship is known as “the hard years” and is both headed and followed by  one-year “wander times”

Child: notey (NOTE-ay)

(this is a word that is about as generic as “child,” meaning any non-adult.

Apprentice – Het tppey (HET tp(pop)-hay)

to apprentice – Het tpp o

(Fiassh apprenticed to Eyone on her tenth year, when she stopped being a child).

And from that, to take as an apprenticeTcho het tpp o, which shortened after some time to Tcho o .  Technically, that just means to take on, but it is always used in meaning to take on as an apprentice.  One who takes on: tchotey.

Sound Inventory 2

I’ve used F, t, pp, S, sh, tch, h, n, kw

ee, e, oou, (a) e, ia (yuh), ey (Fonzie!), o



and on Wordpress…
aldersprig: (Shooting star)
I am going to build a language for one of the Cursteroids races.

Today I am going to decide what I want it to sound like.

Feee-t’tpp?

Okay, it’s a whistley language with some stops and some long vowels.

And since it’s LEX ember…
Feee-t’tpp, which will get a better transcription later, is a semi-onomatopoeic swoop/dive.

Oh, I guess this is a flying race. Good to know!

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aldersprig: (Syadaia)
Okay, so, because of reasons, I want to have an idiomatic "thank you" for Calenyen.

And, because thank you is such a loaded concept, I wanted it to mean, essentially, "good shot."

Like, the thing you say when your buddy just caught the enemy/the giant cat that was about to kill you with a well-aimed spear. It's a thanks for assistance, without acknowledging debt owed.

So we have "shot" in the sense of an aimed attack with a distance weapon: vettu

And then we have good, a modifier meaning skilled and accurate: -one (like the end of loan)

Vettutone, "good shot": "Thanks for the assist."
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (conlang)
Oh no, September is syntactical rules and I've already covered the easy bit, sentence order... wait, have I?

I covered Old Tongue's in JuLECTURary, but not Calenyen's.

Calenyen is Subject-Object-Verb, with most modifiers being tacked on to the end of words. Tense is added to the beginning of verbs (Goat-red food-low pasttense-Is-Loudly bleating-at).

Old Tongue Also normally adds modifiers after the subject of the modifier, a holdover from their system of diacritical marks in the original ideography.

I think Old Tongue does some funky things with tense, but I'm not sure what yet, or how. And I just learned about Anaphora and think Old Tongue uses this heavily.

Short post! But it doesn't take many words to say S-O-V, V-S-O. :-)
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aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (conlang)
I'm going through 365 Conlang thingies beyond #Lexember one month a day (or so) until I get bored.

Here is the Julectury ("Write a lecture, lesson or 140 letter pedagogical tweet each day explaining how your language works") which I wrote last week.
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aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (conlang)
I'm going through 365 Conlang thingies beyond #Lexember (which is missing October...) one month a day (or so) up to September.(?) I'm skipping DismayCourse, shhh.

So I'm in Juneme again... Document or add to your phonetic inventory a phoneme a day, or add a rule to your phonotactics a day, or a Sandhi rule a day

Calenyen Phonatactics:

There will never be two vowel sounds in a row.

When borrowing words from other languages, the Calenyena almost always put another consonant between two vowels: Reiassan becomes reisassan. (ray-uh-san, rey-suh-san). Generally, when doing so, they will repeat a previous or following consonant; Calenyen loves repetition.



Old Tongue Phoneme:

Eron, (e) as in shed

This sound is a minor glyph, one that is often written down on the text line. Its original meaning is remaining, left-behind, and it is often used to indicate those fae that did not leave for Ellehem in the great departure.



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aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (conlang)
I'm going through 365 Conlang thingies beyond #Lexember (which is missing October...) one month a day (or so) up to August. We're back around to Polysemarch...

...Today I get to go in circles!

The entry for the Thorne-Alder has this section on the Arran/West Coast name for the taxonomic definition:
The Alder belongs to the family of spear-leaf trees, adavijamin, where adavi is "spear-blade" and "jamin" is "leaf". In that family, they belong to the mainer sub-family, "mainer" meaning "grove" or "family group, tribe."

In typical calenyen fashion, the word mainer has been borrowed and mutilated into Calenyen - raimain.

(it is a common practice, when the letters in a loan word do not quite work for Calenyen, to move letters about or repeat letters. In this case, it likely started as "ramainer" and was shortened).

So... raimain is "grove".

And it has also come to mean those that stick together clannishly. A raimain is a clique, a tight-knit group that acts similarly.



Okay, I give up on trying to do another one of these for Old Tongue quite yet, and I want to hold off on doing something with DisMayCourse, so ON TO JUNE(me) it is.

(Sh), shenera, which can be down with the modifier -eleg (a curved shape like a sideways lower-case "c", down on the bottom of the writing to become savera, (s).

The glyph for shenera can also mean child, as the word does, and with the modifier, savera means bastard child.

Linguists theorize that the word savera came from the word savo, birth.



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aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (conlang)
I'm going through 365 Conlang thingies beyond #Lexember (which is missing October...) one month a day up to August.

And now we're on to Febumantau for a second round...

and that means I can do another day! Yay!

If bikbaano is Song-Day, then the second day of the week comes from a deity we haven't visited yet.

Which means we get to see a new deity.

This one is an old deity, one of the early Ideztozhyuha gods, Oonetoonen, from the roots Oonet, The Mountain, and noonen, climb (or oonen, a sacred climb): Oonetoonen is the deity of climbing mountains, of escape, of necessary things that are hard and painful.

And Oonetoonen's day is the second day of the week, biknoonen




For Old Tongue I'm going to start with a compound word in English, bondroll -
okay, this one requires a bit of background.

If one is Kept (a magical type of submission), the praise from one's Keeper (they who Keep you), is heady, pleasurable.

If your Keeper wants, they can get their Kept essentially drunk on praise - roll them with the Keeper-Kept bond.... thus bond-roll.

And in another calque...

Bond is tish, a lock, a seal.
Roll ends up being Otef - ote means wooziness; -ef verbs the noun.

Bond-Roll, translated directly ends up tishotef

(and never mind that there was already a word for that concept in Old Tongue...)



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aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (conlang)
We're back to Morphambuary for another two bound morphemes!

I've just started playing with bullet journaling, so today's going to be a Day Name for Calenyen.

From an earlier post, I have:
From the god/dess Alivetta/Alibetto comes alittao, the art of instrumental music in Bitrani; in Calenyena, this becomes Litvaano, music (as played), and Libbaano, music as sung.

This has led to things related to music and song ending up with the suffix -v/baano.

Foremost among them is the name of the first day of the week:
bikbaano, Song-Day.

bik- by the way, is a shortening of bikdie, day; bik is used in all situations where the day is modified (holiday, song-day, birthday)



For Old Tongue, I'm going to pick another of those add-ons that are often marked by a single diacritical mark. This one, noen, means "now", but only as attached to a verb: Stand Now, come now, destroy now.

Classically, it is marked by three lines \|/ to the top right of the ideogram it is modifying. In texts using letters instead of ideograms, noen is sometimes written out and sometimes marked at the end of the word, as if the word was an ideogram.



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aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (conlang)
I continue on my I-missed-Conlanging adventure. Today is Julectury: Write a lecture, lesson or 140 letter pedagogical tweet each day explaining how your language works.

What I’m trying to create here would be two laypeople’s introductions to the languages, because man would it be cool if I could get enough vocabulary that someone could speak either of these languages. I’ll start with one small section of each language:
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aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (conlang)
I've discovered that I missed conlanging, and as I've missed many months of "365 Conlang thingies beyond #Lexember," I decided in the remains of August, I would cycle through the first 8 months twice of conlang-exercises twice.

We're up to June!

Juneme – Document or add to your phonetic inventory a phoneme a day, or add a rule to your phonotactics a day, or a Sandhi rule a day (but not all three, that would be absurd)

See? I'm learning things every day! I had to look up Sandhi rules and phonotactics... and I think I have to try Calenyen more out loud before I can realize and Sandhi rules.

Calenyen Phonatactics:
* Two consonants appearing in a row (ketbaa, Diedreddakak) are pronounced separately, and mark a syllable break between them (ket-baa, died-red-dak-kak)

* A single consonant between syllables can belong to both syllables (lanutez lan-nut-tez)

* a palatalized consonant on its own between two syllables (Pebyab) is pronounced at the end of the first syllable as non-palatalized and then as palatalized in the beginning of the second syllable (peb-byab)

Ketbaa - mother
Diedreddakak - button-maker
lanutez - goat-hair braid, a faker
Pebyab - tiny baby goat



Old Tongue Phoneme

Ofein, a letter making the sound "o" as in the word "oh" (this is either o or o̞ in IPA, I think)

The word ofein also expresses the concept exist and is pronounced oh fine.




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aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (conlang)
Turns out I missed conlanging, and as I've missed many months of "365 Conlang thingies beyond #Lexember," I decided in the remains of August, I would cycle through the first 8 months twice of conlang-exercises twice.

And bog help me, it's Dis-May-course!:

Write a speech, novel, epic poem, folk tale, or chat log a day to fill out your examples of discourse. Or one of the above if you have a real job.

Okay, so I'm going to write a line. In English, there once was a man from Kalakaig...
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aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (conlang)
Turns out I missed conlanging, and as I've missed many months of "365 Conlang thingies beyond #Lexember," I decided in the remains of August, I would cycle through the first 8 months twice of conlang-exercises twice.

Today is Polysemarch – Add a new meaning a day to an existing word in March. This might be challenging for my Old Tongue vocabulary of 15-or-so words...
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aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (conlang)
As I said yesterday, I decided I missed conlanging, and as I've missed many months of "365 Conlang thingies beyond #Lexember," I decided in the remains of August, I would cycle through the first 8 months twice of conlang-exercises twice.

Today is Febumantau – Create compound word a day for February. It specifically says it doesn't have to be a portmanteau, but I decided to try for the challenge, especially since...
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If you are not already following Haikujaguar, I suggest you check out her post today - 581 Words: on Language as Intermediary.


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aldersprig: (LynBack)
 
  • This weekend was a weekend of “oh, well, maybe later?” We went a lot of places, but mostly achieved very little.  However, it RAINED!  Lots!  *dances around in the rain*
    (Also, we did a lot of shopping, but that’s not all that exciting).

    • I’ve been thinking that for Lexember — or possibly before — I’ll do two “translation” projects — a portion of an illuminated page in Old Tongue (the language of the Ellehemaei in Fae Apoc/Addergoole) and a poem in Calenyen (for Reiassan).

      Is there anything in particular you’d like to see “translated” for such projects?


  • We went to see Ghostbusters.  My “review”, such as it is, can be seen here (warning — non-positive): https://twitter.com/lynthornealder/status/764593963034669056

  • We got an Instant Pot! It’s an electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, etc, etc.  We made steel cut oats in it, and they turned out pretty awesome.  
    See the Kitchn’s article on the Instant Pot here — https://t.co/P35KyOxnNm

  • The Shannara TV series has very little to do with my memories of the books, but those memories are 30-some years old.  Also? So much eye candy, and much of it male!

  • If anyone has any more pictures of this guy, cosplaying as Emergency Costume Repair, I’d love to see them.  Great idea!

  • Shutsumon introduced me to #WebFictionChat, and they are having a monthly Serial Book Club.  Check it out: https://twitter.com/Chrys_Kelly_/status/763776957314129920

  • Random moment of awesome while looking into illuminated texts — https://t.co/AazDZfuX0m this dragon climbing his way out of the text.

  • There is still one 250-word slot open in “Leave a Comment, get a fic” over at Addergoole’s new site.

  • Annnnd the meta-conversation with Jaco from Lady Taisiya’s Fourth Husband is still going strong over here: http://aldersprig.dreamwidth.org/tag/meta-conversations

aldersprig: (BookGlasses)
I decided I missed conlanging, and I'd missed many months of "365 Conlang thingies beyond #Lexember," so I decided in the remains of August, I would cycle through the first 8 months twice.

Today, Morphambuary – Coin a bound morpheme a day in January.

Starting with Calenyena: Bekkut comes from two words no longer used on their own, beka, fish, and tukut, river. These words have been replaced with new words with similar meanings, but a bekkut is still a river-fish, and torkut, from Tora, grass, is still a river-grass.




In Addergoole/Fae Apoc's Old Tongue, there are a number of morphemes only used as modifiers of other words. In the old ideograph system, they are often modifying diacritics.

-eleg is one of those. It means base in the sense of baseborn: lower, less-worthy, illegitimate.

In the word shenera, child, this would become shener/eleg/a, for instance.



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aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (conlang)
I am almost done translating an opening sentence into Whispers Drop!

I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. —Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle (1948)

Write this - (I am) sitting sink kitchen while in - I

Hunsharn din shimorn tishor [kitchen] chur-chi - [I]

All I have left is kitchen as a modifier and a personal pronoun!

so durd-, "used for" is probably right here, it's the sink used for kitchen.

Kitchen, kitchen.

Okay, "To cook" is tenda

He/she cooks (continuous) is tendothe-chi, in

tothechi, cooks-in, kitchen.

durdtothechi, for the kitchen

And Personal pronouns!

Fan, Feb, fif, fefi I, she, he, ungendered-person,

Hunsharn din shimorn tishor durdtothechi chur-chi - fan

Yay! I did it!
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (conlang)
I continue to work on translating a quote into Whispers Drop

I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. —Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle (1948)

Write this - (I am) sitting sink kitchen while in - I


Here, I started with:

Hunsharn din, write this.

To Sit, shima

Present tense continuous, first person singular: -orn

Sink, noun, tishor

cha, chea, choe, chi: for, of, at, in.... chur, while (conjunction)

Hunsharn din shimorn tishor [kitchen] chur-chi - [I]

Almost there!
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (conlang)
The end goal of Languary is to translate into your conlang one of the sentences from this list. I couldn't decide, so I used Random.org and got:

I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. —Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle (1948)

Verb Object (Object adjective) (adverb) Subject (subject adjective)

This will probably take more than one post, because I have to take it apart and put it back together again, and I have NONE of those words.

I write this [while] sitting in the kitchen sink.

Write this - sitting kitchen sink while in - I

To Write, Hunsha

First person present tense.
Present tense third person singular is -art
Present tense, surrounding: -artfea

Present tense, first person singular present: -arn

I write, Hunsharn

This, that, those din, dom, dush

Hunsharn din, I write this (more to come!)
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (conlang)
What will the reader do with the text?

(Do Text-with what reader?)

shufa, to do

Who, What, Where, When, Why:
Nen, nib, neath, nash, nom

Third person future tense: -alss

[cha, chea, choe, chi: for, of, at, in], chur, with

--Shufalls futheat sha - chur ssrussolss-

[personal profile] inventrix:Eat it.

Fifishart Futheat sha ssrussolss.

(the reader devours the book)
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (conlang)
haph-Tachie and haph-Fota1 were sixteen years old when the Place found the next pair of twins. They were already past their age of peak usefulness and had been training as acolytes in the Institution for almost a decade, but the arrival of a new set of twin infants meant -

Well, for Fota, it meant freedom. They could go out in the world now. They could explore, they could learn what life was like outside of the Place. Fota couldn't wait to leave.

Tachie, on the other hand, liked the safety of the place and the comfort of an acolyte's rituals. She wanted to know what the world outside was like - but she didn't want to leave the Place, not permanently.

"The Institution will always support you," the Head Reader of the Place reminded them. "You can do whatever you want with your life."

"But what I want is to be here," Tachie insisted. She felt guilty, going against her twin... but the freedom Fota might find outside, she thought she might find in a little bit of separation. The chosen twins were always together, waking and sleeping. And Fota had always been the stronger twin.


1. one-Left, one-Right.
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (conlang)
I've been lax in my worldbuilding with all this WORDbuilding.

Today I am going to go back to a couple words I made earlier,
Ssrussolss, reading-person, and Ssolfutheat, book person.

"A reader, ssrussolss, is one who discerns the ancient texts. A ssolfutheat is one who keeps the books, a librarian."

The librarian has found a text for the reader.
Has found - the reader for - text, Librarian


Librarians do this; they serve not only as keepers of rare texts (magical, historical, controversial, personal) but also seek them out, perusing the strange corners of the world where books lie.

The readers, in turn, delve deep into these texts, finding meanings from the predecessors, from the Channels, from untrained powers, and divining them for current use.

To find, mafeata
-olp is third person singular present perfect.

futheat is a book, Futheat sha is a text.

cha, chea, choe, chi: for, of, at, in

Mafeatolp - ssrussolss cha - futheat sha, ssolfutheat.

And what will the reader do with that text?
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (conlang)
I continue to pull sentences from here: https://web.archive.org/web/20130307020009/http://fiziwig.com/conlang/syntax_tests.html
The rain came down.
(came down rain)
The kitten is playing in the rain.
(playing rain-in kitten)
The rain has stopped.
(stopped rain).



fetha, verb, to rain
fetham, noun, rain
felashef, noun, kitten (youth-cat)

dithasha, verb, to descend
hetheta, verb, to play
thea, in
ithtutha, verb, to stopped

Past tense, third person singular is still -iln

The rain came down, Dithashiln fetham

Present tense third person singular is -art

The kitten is playing in the rain, Hethetart fetham-thea felashef

-olp is third person singular present perfect.

The rain has stopped, Ithtutholp fetham.
aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena Rin)
I continue to pull sentences from here: https://web.archive.org/web/20130307020009/http://fiziwig.com/conlang/syntax_tests.html

It's raining.
(is raining it)

The rain came down.
(came down raining)
The kitten is playing in the rain.
(playing in rain kitten)
The rain has stopped.
(stopped rain). (these 3 later)


fetha, verb, to rain
-am, turning a verb into a noun
fetham, noun, rain

THIS is the interesting part, because both the English and the French for "it rains" use a general pronoun. Il pleut, It/he present-tense-rain
Spanish skips the pronoun, as they often do:
está lloviendo Formal second-person singular to be, present-tense-rain

BUT I think there should be a word indicating the environment is doing something. SO.
fut, here-now place ("it")

Edited to add: Syntactic Expletive and Impersonal verbs seem to cover this phenomenon.

Present tense third person singular is -art


Present tense, surrounding:
-artfea

It's raining, Fethartfea fut.
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (conlang)
More from https://web.archive.org/web/20130307020009/http://fiziwig.com/conlang/syntax_tests.html

The kitten jumped up.
(Jumped up kitten)
The kitten jumped onto the table.
(Jumped table onto kitten)
My little kitten walked away.
(Walked away kitten-little my)

Verb Object (Object adjective) (adverb) Subject (subject adjective)


Kitten, jumped, table, walked. And Up!

So a kitten is a shefeen, a small cat, or a felashef, a youth-cat.

to Jump: phanfisha

Past tense, third person singular is still -iln, phanfishiln

Table table table. Table is palan

Up is fot

Phanfishiln fot felashef.

Onto, oh Lord... /runs away/ /comes back/

Over, onto, under, shab, shem, shosh

Phanfishiln palan shem felashef.

Towards, away, thim, threm

crap, forgot WALK.

Walk is ssetsse

and my -ro

Ssetsselin* threm felashefeen-ro.


Ssetsselin* threm Lyn.


* because it's irregular :-)
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (conlang)
Starting with this thing: https://web.archive.org/web/20130307020009/http://fiziwig.com/conlang/syntax_tests.html

All the people shouted.
Some of the people shouted.
Many of the people shouted twice.

First! People. People is the plural of person!

A Person is a difuf.

All of the people are difufore.

Shout!

Shout is Fassa.

Past tense, third person singular is -iln

But the people are plural!

Okay, then -ilnot.

Fassilnot

VOS, Fassilnot difufore., All of the people shouted.

Or Fassilnot difufara, some of the people shouted.

Many! Many is another word.

dathfuth

And so is twice! Oh lord, numbers.
haph, hash, hat, 1, 2, 3, haphad, hashad, hatad, once, twice, three times.

Fassilnot hashad difufara dathfuth, many of the people shouted twice (Shouted twice people many)
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (conlang)
Continuing from here...

Love is the irresistible desire...

Phothe [desire] [resist]udfeal [Love]

...to be irresistibly desired.


-elt, to be [verbed]

-ad, "-ly"

[desire]elt [resist]udfealad

Okay, now I get to see if I can do this.

Verb Object (Object adjective) (adverb) Subject (subject adjective)

[is] [desire irresistible desired irresistibly] [love]

Phothe [desire] [resist]udfeal [desire]elt [resist]udfealad [Love]

Okay, there's only three words there.

Love.

Feph

desire, noncha

resist, totfa

....I need to noun a verb.

-am

Phothe noncham totfudfeal nonchelt totfudfealad Feph
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (conlang)
I'm going to do [personal profile] inventrix's idea of translating a quote.

I went to http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes_of_the_day.html and got:

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.

oh, lord.

Okay, first half of this:

Love is an irresistible desire
[Love] [to be, conjugated] (article) [resist][-able]feal [desire]

* Question: Do I have articles?
after a quick bit of study, I think no.

* to be, pfa

-othe is the ending for:

Continuous present tense, third person singular.


[Love] phothe...

* -able?
-ud, dud-

[Love] phothe [resist]udfeal [desire].

Woo! *falls over*

Edit! Sentence order ack
Verb Object (Object adjective) (adverb) Subject (subject adjective)

Phothe [desire] [resist]udfeal [Love]

Phew!

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