Lexicons and Language Borrowing
|From:||Sally Caves <scaves@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, March 17, 1999, 5:33|
Irina Rempt wrote:
> I'm curious how other people come up with words - I know some people
> who can sit down and *make* them, but if I try that I usually have to
> throw away ninety-five percent of the result.
I've done that before, and ended up not using most of them. But I dogo
around (and have done all my life, it seems) making up fabulous
combinations of syllables, and then trying to adapt them to Teonaht.
Here are some at random--I tend to like pen-penultimate stress:
Eldevrya -- (el-DEV-ree-uh)
(I love the word Aldeberon... and also Hannah Green's
"Falling God": Anterrabae (WOW!)
Farlarop (FAR-lah-rohp) --this one I think I'm gonna keep. It
sounds to me like a hurled object.
Here are some from my word diary:
dolifya (duo-LIF-ee-uh) -- this one I entered as "noise,"
bisiristimy (bih-sih-RIS-tih-mee) -- this sounds like an
of the "tomy" undoubtedly, but I really do need to find a
for this word.)
> Most of the time, if I
> need a word for something, I dip into my stock of unused stems and
> consider them one by one until I hit one that fits.
This is what I started keeping the word diary for, but I find that I
justlove making long complicated words that I could never attach any
kind of history to. My word for heaven-- Erahenahil (ehr-ah-HEN-ah-hil)
is one such word that my tongue just intuitively rolled around one day
long ago. Sometimes combinations of stems gives me something ugly,
and then I have to decide whether I'm going to let logic or aesthetic
Didn't I say I was yry aryel? Me all departing? I'm outta here? Gotta
Back to packing.
FARLAROP-- "a hurled object." "An object one vents one's anger on."
"One who is hit by a hurled object." "Scapegoat."