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tlhn'ks't, ngghlyam'ft, and other scary words

From:Joseph Fatula <fatula3@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 4, 2003, 13:01
I'm working on a new conlang (after all, it's a new week), and it's unusual
in having 48 consonants.  There are prenasalized stops, glottalized
consonants, ejectives, and plenty of those are possible syllable nuclei.
What I wanted was a language where I could encode a large amount of
affixation into a single syllable.  The best way to do that (I was thinking)
was to have plenty of consonants that could add on, with many consonant
clusters being allowed.

It's starting to look a bit like Georgian, but that might not mean much.  If
I were to describe what a Georgian word looks like, I'd probably just say
it's a word with lots of consonants.  So then any highly consonantal
language would look like Georgian to me.

I'll post some examples soon.

There's something disturbing me when I look at the map of my con-world.  I'm
only working on one portion of one continent, and I already have finished
over 30 languages for it.  And there's a whole lot of empty space left, not
to mention another 2500 years of history.

But that's probably a good thing.  I might live another 70 years or so, if I
stay in good health, and it'd be nice to have something to do for all that
while.  Then again, I might die tomorrow and leave behind all kinds of
cryptic notes in unknown languages.


Joseph Fatula <fatula3@...>
Danny Wier <dawier@...>