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. 

read on…
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" ...

read on…
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

read on…
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: (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. 

read on…
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



read on…
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. 

read on…
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: (Lyn Calenyena Rin)
[personal profile] anke asked for birds.

I already have kahger a hunting bird of prey and kyahg, a nuisance scavenger/carnivore bird

There are, of course, dozens and dozens of birds. But I'll pick out one for fun.

Tiez is a bird, in general - winged thing, feathers, lays eggs.

TiezLibbaa is a songbird.

And TiezLibbaa Ekondonkee-rul, Ekondonkee's songbird, often called the tiez-kon, is a bright blue songbird who nests in the northern reaches of the continent. They are known for springtime song, and a family of them nested in the tent of the warlord Ekondonkee, who has since been forgotten except in the name of the bird.

/'tēz lib 'bä 'e kōn 'dōn kē 'rəl/
aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena Rin)
Let it Shine, Let it Shine, Let it Shine

I already have the word for shine! It's -lar

(I did the beginning of a series of conlang exercises here

And a lamp is Tezhet; the lamp shines - Tezhet alaraak.

But before there were lamps there were candles: dapairdie /da 'pīr dē/, from pair, light, -do, to give, da-, a thing that does.

and [personal profile] inventrix asked for Cons.

iekiekyent is a known fact, a part of existence.
telnyent: truth-known, i.e, "the sky is blue."
Kelnyent is the sort of truth that you're pretty sure about

So a confidence game is a turning the truth sideways.

To turn sideways is gazh; to turn something else sideways is ragazh.

You end up with Kelneyt ragazh, a turning-sideways of your perceptions.

And, like con, this gets shortened to kelryag, a con.

Above list reproduced here - http://www.incatena.org/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=40026
aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena Rin)
The Calenyena love color, really, really love color. Everything about their world is bright and colorful.

Here are just a few color words:

I have already kat, red, len, orange, and paato, yellow.

gomol, from the old gom, means green. It is speculated the the -ol brings it closer to the Bitrani word for green, miagermo

Tien, from the old teetaanzhun, sky-like, is blue, a broad term encompassing most shades, as are kat and gomol.

And just because we only had it tucked into another word -liz means "brightly rainbow-colored."
aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
Okay, I've been cheating nicely by going to dictionary entries for words that sound the same as my morphemes and that was working fine... except that I can't think of any palatalized consonants to look up to get the sounds like dyaik in odyaikaar. Help?
aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena Rin)
Day and Night!

[personal profile] rix_scaedu asked for Day and Night, which is coincidental, because tomorrow's Edally holiday post is IetTienaabaa, which means "The Day of Tienaabaa."

Iettie, actually, is day in the sense of a a whole day, from sunrise to sunrise, while Ietta is most often day in the sense of "day of;" birthday, gods' day, coronation day.

The time from sunrise to sunset is anez /'a nez/, meaning, from sun to stars, and the word for night comes from the old phrase Odyidai ahkaarununu, "demons come." While the word for "demons" in this sense is lost to history, it is still seen in words like dyid, darkness, and odyaikaar, night.

(If you are guessing that the Calenyena historically had an unpleasant relationship with nighttime...)
aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena Rin)
[personal profile] rix_scaedu asked for parties!

To begin with, we'll want the word for party, which comes from lok, meal, and rook, tribe or family group: lok-ryu-rook (meal for the whole tribe), Lokurook. From this word you get Lokook, /lō 'ko͝ok/ party, as well as lokozh, a grand festival or large meal at a gathering.

(See the post on trade).

Recently, the term lokurdin - from derdin, friends, from diednerdin (obsolete), who who trusts another, from ner, trust - has risen to prominence. A meal-for-friends is a completely social gathering, often with alcoholic drinks featuring heavily.
aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena Rin)
The Calenyena have two words they use to mean "over done, gaudy, frivolous."

The first comes from the Tabersi {Bitrani} words for "wide-brim", fanada lerjo.

Although the Tabersi use broad-brimmed hats for a number of sensible reasons, not the least of them being that they are a cold-weather-adapted race that migrated south and tend to sunburn, they also wear some pretty ridiculous hats, at least by Calenyena lights, and thus "wide brimmed" became a term of disparagement. In Calenyen, this became baanaadaaler /'bän nä 'dä ler/.

The second term comes from the West-Coasters {Arran}, from the city of Sheburri, which was known for being a fashion hub. To be immensely overdressed for a situation ("silk in the goat pen" is another phrase for it) is to be like someone from Sheburri, zhebburnon.

If you are thinking you have to be pretty overdone for the Calenyen to find you ridiculous... well, that's not entirely inaccurate.
aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena Rin)
Today's words focus on basic grooming, combing and brushing:

lool, to pull apart

dalool /'da lo͞ol/ a tool for pulling apart, a comb

dalooltez, a goat-hair comb

lurret, to smooth (from lur, smooth, easy)

(-ret is often used to mean "to make this [adjective]")

Daluret, a tool for smoothing, a brush

Daloolza, to use a comb; dalurretza, to use a brush.

(-za is often used when using a tool)

Hair, human hair, is piem, so you can end up with a sentence like: Taikie piem-ba uveedalurretzaak; Taikie hair-her (pastperfect)-brush-(subject/verb agreement); Taikie had brushed her hair.
aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena Rin)
[personal profile] thnidu responded to yesterday's post by asking me to create the sentence "I made a sentence". So!

laar, I

taar, you, subject

taarte, you two, and so on.

baar, he/she (person pronoun)

baarrte, those two, and so on.

archaic: baan, baante and so on (she, a group of only women).

gaan, it (animal/thing pronoun)

laanaan, me

taannan, you-object (taannante, you two and so on)

baarnan, her/him

gaanran, it-object.



Okay, phew, there's pronouns, so.

I made a sentence

Make, to create, to craft: Tair (this word, from an old word meaning "skill," which can also be seen in -tairook, "with care" or "with practiced care. Throwing something together or making something that isn't perceived as needing skill is died, from diedie, toss, this from the same root as dudiedah, tumble, from the loss post.)

Sentence!

we start with

iekiek, this exists (See also iekiekyent, a known fact.)

tel-, that which voices

teliekiek, that which give voice to an existing thing

telkiek

Need a break for some tea...




(This is the part where I need a punctuation to suggest the beginning of a sentence in my con-script, since I don't have capitals.)

Laar telkiek ezhtairak: I sentence (past tense)-make-(subject agreement)
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (Default)
Today we get a phrase!

"This barley grows here."

toppotzhu

barley, toppot
-zhu, -this

here, ikiek

toor, to grow

in- currently, presently

-anan conjugating a verb to a plural useful subject

toppotzhu ikiek intooranan

This means somewhere between "that was then, this is now" and "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade," with maybe a bit of "que sera, sera." The Calenyena, who began life as a herding culture, use this phrase to answer changes in environment that they cannot alter.

It colors their attitude towards food and crops: this is the food we can grow here. It also informs the way they look at gods; these are the gods we have now.

It's a philosophy, and, of course, not everyone always adheres to it. Sometimes it's just the phrase a parent uses to answer complaints by a child. "You can't always have what you want; this barley grows here."

It's useful to note that most Calenyena use barley, toppot, to loosely describe all cereal grains.
aldersprig: (Girey)
[personal profile] lilfluff asked for words for games, and from there for words for winning and losing.


Winning! And losing...

The Calenyena have three sets of words for winning and losing: in games for fun, in games with a prize/in a single battle, and in a large war or conflict.

Pol is an archaic word which once meant to fall. (Falling, as from a goat, is now duddie, from Dudiedah, tumble). It now means to lose shamefully - where you could win something.

Pyuh is for when one suffers small, unimportant loss. We were playing Monopoly and I lost.

Darnietda comes from an old word meaning to slip and fall (into the river) It now means "to lose" in a large way, for instance, "The Bitrani lost the war."
aldersprig: picture of tea pouring (tea1)
Tea is a new-world discovery for the Bitrani and Calenyen both, found growing in the far south and especially on the southern islands of Reiassan.

At the initial stages of colonization, there were Calenyena (Ideztozhyuh) doing much of the hard labor of clearing the land; they were the ones who first discovered the bitter leaves of the bush could be stewed into a kind of drink.

They called it dyil, at first, and then dil. The Bitrani called the plant nevenah and the drink nevenanan, and from that the Calenyena began calling the drink nev. In modern parlance, dil is the plant, and nev the drink.
aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena Rin)
[personal profile] chanter_greenie asked about music!

In keeping with the idea of god-words (from alder, earlier today), we look at the Tabersi (Proto-Bitrano) god/dess Alivetta/Alibetto.

This deity, one of a collection of dual-natured or dual-gendered gods in the old Tabersi pantheon, inspired the arts. Alivetta/Alibetto began as the overseer of all arts, but by the time of the Gods Purge had long since been relegated only to music, and often only to instrumental music.

Alittao is the art of instrumental music in Bitrani; in Calenyena, this becomes Litvaano, music (as played), and Libbaano, music as sung.

♪ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♪
aldersprig: (Library)
[personal profile] inventrix asked for books, which got handled a while back:

turnie, noun, book
turniete, 2 books
turniebe, a shelf of books
turnine, some books

So I figured I'd handle shelf and library!

Library, first, is a book-place, Turnietan. This originally referred to any depository of books. Now, a bookseller is a Liezturnie, Seller, of book and a library is a Turnietapon, a book place, scholarly.

And in the library there are shelves!

A shelf is a birtun, from a word which originally meant ledge; a bookshelf is a birtunturnie.

A collective plural of shelves is usually considered a bookcase, unit of shelves. If you collectivize that, birtunbebe, you end up with a slang word for a large gathering of shelves, a storeroom.
aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena Rin)
Today's word is thorn alder, because I can!

In further proving that my Reiassani persona is a Bitrani transplant to Calenta (tall, light-skinned, short hair, prefers less bright color combinations), the alders, including the thorn alders, exist on Reiassan almost entirely in the borderlands between South and North.

Starting with the taxonomic classification: Although I haven't determined what the Reiassani version of Kingdom-Phylum-Class-Order-Family-Genus-Species is, but I know that they use {Arran/West-Coast} for such things.

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."

The Alders themselves keep the name of a goddess otherwise forgotten in the God Purge: the goddess is Talaezia; alders are Taazaa in the everyday speech.

The thorn alder grows shorter and bushier than many alder trees, and a thorn-alder grove is not a fun place to spend a lot of time. Their thorns are long, sharp, and while not poisonous, their pricks can get infected very quickly and easily.

And a thorn in Calenyen is linie, from the Bitrani linnia, making my Calenyena name Lin Taazaalinie.
aldersprig: (Syadaia)
[livejournal.com profile] kelkyag asked for Agriculture words -- domesticated plants and their fruits. I got a brief start on that!

Food! Always important.

We already have belenuza, potato-parsnip (or earth-apple) and Lok, meal.

The first grain found by and eventually cultivated by the proto-Calenyena was barley: toppot, /tōp 'pōt/ a word whose origins are lost in time. Later came wheat, tuz, /təz/ originally toppot-tuz. Tuz is a word that meant pale and can still be found in the word datuz, meaning "an unhappy surprise;" a pale-making.



Rice was borrowed from the proto-Arrans, the west-coast people, along with the name, corbin --> korbin

The long-grained black rice-like grain that was found on Reiassan was called Reiassannon's Rice, voRiesa korbin.

And if you've noticed I slid in a possessive, you'd be correct.
aldersprig: (Tairiekie)
[livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu asked for braids. Woo-eee!


Braids are a really important part of Calenyena life and culture. What began as a simple method of keeping hair out of one's face and off one's neck became a complex and ever-evolving status and fashion symbol.

I've already got the words:

tezyu - goat-hair

lanut - braid

And lanutez - goat-hair braid: someone who is pretending to be something they're not, a poser.
Read more... )
aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena Rin)
http://conlangery.tumblr.com/post/134417557276/hear-your-conlang-introducing-the-show?is_related_post=1

If you’d like to hear your language at the top of the show, translate and record the following sentence in a conlang or natlang:

Welcome to Conlangery, the podcast about constructed languages and the people who create them...
{snip}
*If your conlang belongs to a world that doesn’t have podcasts, you can choose something more culturally appropriate (radio program, show, play, etc.).


/bounce/
aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena Rin)
Rook
/ro͞ok/
noun; plural noun rookte, rookbe, rookne

Family group, tribe.

Collective plural Rookbe is a convocation of all the tribes in an area.

Kozh
/kōzh/
noun; plural noun kozhete, kozhebe, kozhene

When two like things intersect or encounter each other.

-lel
/lel/
adjective

Peaceful.

-gut
/ɡət/
adjective

Violent.

-laizh
/līzh/
adjective

Profitable, with gain

tap
/tap/
verb

To go, in the sense of travel




All right, if you put these words together, you get two sorts of meetings of two tribes: peaceful and violent, kozhrooklel, kozhrookgut.

From kozhrooklel and -laizh we get the idea of trading, a profitable pleasant meeting: kozhrooklellaizh, which over time became kozellaiz, trade.

From Kozellaiz and tap came tapkozhzellaizh, Go to trade, which became tapzellaizh and from that, over a long time, came tappaizh /tap 'īzh/, from "go to a peaceful, profitable gathering of tribes" to "road", the thing on which you go to those tribes.

Phew!



(And all this because [personal profile] anke wanted words for giving or getting directions...)
aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
So once you've scrolled down two posts and figured out your name in Calenyena, go over to [personal profile] inventrix's blog and see what your name would look like in Cal's unnamed conlang!
aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena Rin)
I've been playing around with language, as you've noticed, and playing with putting people's names into Calenyen phonemes.

In some cases this requires bending the rules. For instance, my name, Lyn, falls entirely within Calenyen phonemes, but L- is not an initial sound.

In others, it requires bending the name:

It's a CV(C)**** language: Underlyingly CVC, but because of degemination very commonly CV(C) in less formal registers, and typically so written (except in formal documents). (hat tip [personal profile] thnidu)

Adjacent consonants are okay unless they occur within the same syllable

No cl, gr, sk, bl, and so on.

No -io, -ia, like Mario, Maria, either. HOWEVER, to quote [personal profile] inventrix, "some of the vowel combination sounds can be 'mimicked' by using a palatalized preceding consonant."

And some are nigh on impossible!

How's yours work out?
the letters )

If you want, I'll draw your name in Calenyen letters. I could use the practice!

If your screen name involves an word (dragonfly, inspector, thorn, alder), I could be convince (if you ask) to make up that word in Calenyen, too.
aldersprig: (Diryid)
Karaako, to inspect
Diedkaraako, an inspector.

aldersprig: (Tairiekie)
[livejournal.com profile] ankewehner asked for family relations. So far, I have ancestors!

The Calenyena enjoy their sometimes-complicated family relationships, and most Calenyena can list the most important deeds of at least three generations of ancestors.

Starting with parents:

ketbaa, mother
dobaa, father



And grandparents:

ketbaake, maternal grandmother
ketbaado, paternal grandmother
dobaake, maternal grandfather
dobaado, maternal grandfather

This can go on!

ketbaakeke, ketbaakedo, mother's mother's mother; mother's father's mother.

-baa, parent; -baake, of the mother's line, -baado, of the father's line

kezzatbaake, zezzatbaado, a female ancestor of the mother's or father's line; dozhabaake, dozhabaado, male ancestors of mother's and father's lines.

Informally, baake, baake and baado, baado, "some ancestor way back in the line." If you don't know which side of the family the ancestor is on (which is unlikely), you end up saying baa, baa And sounding about as silly as that looks.
aldersprig: (Rin)
[personal profile] clare_dragonfly asked for "...writing stuff. And legal stuff," specifically regarding Edally: The Missing Treaty.

I already have words for writing: zhiezhet, book, turnie, and words for history that I need to reconsider.

Telyen "story", and telnyet is "truth-known."

Pause for plurals, because I really need to figure those out, or, as we say in the conlang business, make some shit up.

We're going to make the goat plural: pazit, and the dyohd, an obnoxious rodent.

One goat: Pazit

Two goats: Pazitte



A herd of goats: Pazitbe

An unknown plural of goats: Pazitne

One rodent: Dyohd

Two rodents: Dyohdtye

A family/nest of rodents: Dyohdbye

An unknown plural of rodents: Dyohdnye

There! Now we can make stories plural, telyenne!

The Calenyena word for a treaty is Gaaneg, from gaaven (obsolete), bound, and geg, rope.

The Bitrani word for treaty is Meniano, from meni, to think over, to consider.

Incidentally, Coffee is a loan-word to both languages, coming from the prot-Arran fega. The Bitrani call it Vegia; the Calenyena call it
vegie.
aldersprig: (Rin)
[livejournal.com profile] kelkyag asked: "You have existing clothing words -- are they all gathered up somewhere? Are there gaps in that to fill? Words for underwear and buttons and hats along with tunics and stuff?"

Some!

Quoting myself:

The basic unit of Calenyen clothing is the kiparrie. This, like "kimono", is a generic term, with any number of specific terms depending on shape, length of hem and sleeve, purpose, cut of collar, etc...

It is worn down to the knees over full pants (tozhyu) or a full skirt (kanzhyu).





The kiparri is worn in layers, starting, usually, with what I commonly translate as "linens."

The word in Calenyena doesn't actually come from their word for linen, betbet or even their word for flax, betyier.
Read more... )
aldersprig: (Syadaia)
[livejournal.com profile] ankewehner asked for parts of a house, and I'm beginning to realize there are quite a few of those. Here's a beginning:

Okay, let's start with house, which I originally covered in "Home and Tent, Goat and Saddle."

House: pepok, from petepok, "stone tent." (-pok sounds like -poke)



Door: Gaaret (rhymes with ferret) from gaat, to pass through. A Gaatet is a pass-through, an entryway with no door in it. A Gyaat is a crawl-space entry.

Walls come from tent-blankets, geten-peten, with a modifier for "stone", -pok, and thus getok. (This is specifically a house wall of stone).

The Calenyen did not come up with a word for floor, simply using dez, ground. After a while this was modified with -ok, but in Reiassan, stone ground is most of the continent. The current usage is dem, from dezem, indoor-ground.

Floor as in story comes from an archaic word for box stolen from the prot-Arrans. Their word began as fillijai, which became Liezhai.

"Second floor" began as liezhai-lok, next-floor, and many people still use that usage. And from there you end up with liezhai-zaa, up-floor, and liezhai-tan, sky floor.

Man, I would pay to have someone draw me Richard-Scary-like diagrams of this stuff. :-)
aldersprig: (Girey)
[personal profile] clare_dragonfly asked for the Calenyen word for bunnies. So:

Lexember Day 3:

Bunnies, it must be bunnies

They have three variants on the rabbit on Reiassan:

The Kaler, a domesticated fur rabbit, small and generally friendly. Their fur comes in a wide variety of naturally-occurring colors and is well known to be good for baby clothes and underclothes.



The Zhyoobie, the wild version, which is about the size of a squirrel, eats plants one wants to keep, and nobody has yet made a Peter Rabbit book about. It's known to make its nest in the remnants of other animals' nests, and generally leaves a mess of wherever it nests.

The Natiel, a large hare, sometimes domesticated but often wild. These are the biggest of the rabbits, brought over by the Bitrani settlers, and named by them (nateo), but they do not thrive in the warm climates of southern Reiassan and have mostly migrated north.

This is not the first time I've shamelessly named things in Calenyen for people, as much as the language allows. The Zhyoobie and the Natiel are named after people I know/have known in other parts of my life.

Lots of days left to go! Stop in and give me something to word about!
aldersprig: (Lyn Calenyena)
As per 2012 (not sure what happened in '13 and '14), I'm doing Lexember again!

What's lexember? It's a month to build the lexicon of your conlang! Specifically with everyday objects.

I already have Read more... )

So! What words should I create for this year?

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