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Re: Rhean (Was: Re: A small taste)

From:Mike Ellis <nihilsum@...>
Date:Friday, November 8, 2002, 5:22
Elliott Lash wrote:

>Rhean has a yummy Slavic taste to it, I haven't been following things as >closely >as I'd like on Conlang lately...but..Could you explain where Rhean comes >from? >(Influences, History, etc.?)
Influences: Slavic, Turkish, Romance, and bits and pieces of other things. The elements of it are for the most part VERY "a posteriori" (including a good bulk of direct ripoffs), but in time it grew a lot of original features. History: Well it started out as a gibberish, intended to look "eastern European-ish" on signs (etc) in the background of a comic book. It wasn't going to have any grammar at all. So the look and the phonology came first. But then I built a language around it. The "taste" later took on a hint of Turkishness (I think) as well. Internal history: Rhean is spoken in Rhea, Ossica, and what are left of the Rhean colonies. Rhea has possibly the most brutal history of any country in the world, or at least it will when I'm finished with it: I'm writing a couple of revolutions, some civil wars, and a genocide. Modern Rhea is a culturally advanced and *internally* peaceful nation, and has been for about sixty or so years. But it's also been in a cold war with the Ishtol Republic for over a century. It is during this tension that the plot of the comic takes place. Lots of paranoia, espionage etc; hopefully lots of material. The language will actually be a very very minor concern in the story, as will the other languages that appear (Omurax, Tolborese, perhaps even Ishtol). The reader will likely not know a damn thing about the language. This is for my amusement, mostly. NS I counter-endorse everything below this line. _________________________________________________________________ Help STOP SPAM with the new MSN 8 and get 2 months FREE*