OT: Months and Lunar Cycles (was: [CONLANG] META: messages (was: Re: Religious Development WAS: Re: OT: Socialism (WAS: Re: Saving endangered langs (was Re: Extrapolating languages)))
|From:||Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, December 24, 2003, 11:33|
On Wednesday, December 24, 2003, at 09:22 AM, Mark J. Reed wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 23, 2003 at 02:20:54PM +0200, Steg Belsky wrote:
>> Anyway, since the original message had some kind of question about
>> conculture holidays, here i'll repost something i sent to ConCulture
>> last Rokbeigalmki New Year, about half a year ago:
> Thanks! So what's ConCulture? Another mailing list?
Yup, but unlike this one (and like most of the 'workshop' lists) it's
>> This year is somewhat interesting in that it's got 14 months.
> ! 14 lunations is over 413 days. That's a darn long year!
They're not all full lunar cycles, as you'll see farther down this
email :) .
>> which includes Dzu"Fa"Ri
> What do the double-quotes signify?
That it's an abbreviation. Dzu"Fa"Ri is short for:
"the Festival of the Widening of the Circle of the Sun"
Before you ask ;) the ^ marks are the binders for the whole 'construct'
compound; in the actual Rokbeigalmki alphabet, they're written over the
first letter of each word in the compound. The abbreviation is made by
taking the beginning of each word's *root* (that's why the |da|s are
dropped) up until its first vowel, and stringing them together. Each
vowel of the abbreviation, like the final vowel in construct compounds,
is stressed, so this Dzu"Fa"Ri is pronounced /d(@)zu:Pa:ri:/, with
bilabial fricative /P/ and tap/flap /r/.
>> month of the year (Jalág) before New Years Day and the first of the
>> year (Ghalúb) afterwards. The Ghalúb we are in now (Dzu"Fa"Ri is the
>> 1st day of Ghalúb) is only about a week long, so when you count the
>> months until next Dzu"Fa"Ri you find that there are 14 months.
> Oh, I see. Dzu"Fa"Ri splits the lunation containing it into two
> That should still only add one month, though, taking the total to 13;
> does the 14-month count include the intercalated Yápleg, meaning that
> common years have only 13 months?
Incidentally, right now we're coming up on the end of the 7th month,
The months are:
1. Ghalúb /Galu:b/
2. Gííyal /ga:jjal/
3. Abí~r /abi::r/
4. Rónewar /ro:nEwar/
5. Dázoom /da:zUm/ (/U/ = rounded /1/, central high)
6. Méíyabat /me:jjabat/
7. Bélihzar /bE:l1zar/
8. Yihtáth /j1ta:T/
9. Kéwu /kE:wu/
10. Maanáúr /m&nO:r/
11. Valnírva /valni:rva/
12. Sháánih /S&:n1/ (i was born on the 13th of Sháánih, year -16)
(13. Yápleg /ja:plEg/)
13. (14.) Jalág /dZala:g/
"Presumably, Sauron gave up carnal pleasures when he became an
all-seeing eye at the top of a tower, but it’s hard to say for certain.
Maybe he gets a kick out of the all-seeing bit."
~ alex ross, The New Yorker