more "discoveries" about the Techians
|From:||Danny Wier <dawier@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, January 29, 2003, 3:30|
Hey maybe some of yas can relate to this... my invention of conlang isn't so
much invention as discovery. I look for patterns in natlangs and how they
relate to each other. I treat languages like I treat religions and
cultures -- I look for what they have in common and how they differentiate
from a common set of universals or even a common origin.
I also found out about the Techians: the language isn't named after the
people, the people are named after the language! The Nostratic root *t'ak-
means "to be fit, appropriate, suitable, proper", and the modern Tech word
is pronounced [t'&x] and means "proper (language)", because it is the
"spiritual language", the language God and the angels communicate in. Not
literally of course, since spiritual beings need no speech. The Elves, being
incarnate angels, use this language among themselves, but adapted it for use
in the human world (I call it the "terrestrial side"; the angels are from
the "celestial side").
I used to be into the Charismatic movement in the Catholic Church, which is
the mainline extension of Pentecostalism. The idea of a "prayer language"
comes from 1 Corinthians chapter 14 where St. Paul talks about "tongues of
men and angels", and "praying in the Spirit". That's what speaking in
tongues usually means, though I think it's intended more for evangelization
of people of an unknown language, as shown in Acts chapter 2 and afterwards.
Unfortunately, the language seems to be a bunch of babbling and baby-talk,
using repeated syllables and a small inventory. I have heard a woman speak
something at St. Patrick Catholic here in Lufkin; it had a LOT of ejective
and pharyngeal sounds. It sounded like part Arabic, part Georgian.
Maybe she was speaking Tech.... ~Danny~