Teonaht (for the book)
|From:||Sally Caves <scaves@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, May 29, 2001, 1:07|
What book is this? Boy am I behind the times. Who's
writing it? Here's my stuff (replacing Sylvia's):
> > 1. Name of conlang
Teonaht. Pronounced /'teonaT/ or TAY-oh-nath.
> > 2. Name of conlanger
> > 3. Sample sentence with interlinearization/translation (optional)
Yryi dalvent il narko dissyri toja elry peram.
I anguished the help of-you gentle did-I seek.
ANGUISHED I SOUGHT THE HELP OF KIND YOU!
Yryi = emphatic first person sing. pronoun volitional
dalvent = adjectival form of stative verb _dalvendi_, "be worried"
il = acc/dat. definite article.
dissyri = emphatic second person formal non-volitional
rypperam = ry + peram: non-emphatic first person sing. pronoun + verb
> > 4. Web page URLs, e-mail addresses, book titles, or other sources of
> > further information (optional)
http://www.frontiernet.net/~scaves/whatsteo.html A brief description of
http://www.frontiernet.net/~scaves/teonaht.html The main page.
http://www.frontiernet.net/~scaves/contents.html Contents of all the
pages, including the grammar.
http://www.frontiernet.net/~scaves/teoreal.html Sound bytes.
http://www.frontiernet.net/~scaves/teotexts.html A growing collection
I have also published an on-line essay in an Australian Journal called
M/C: A Journal of Media Culture
on the internet phenomenon of CONLANG. I intend to base my own book on
this essay, which I'm writing
now. I announced this publication on CONLANG last year. It is archived
Please check it out. My original "Lunatic Survey" contributed to this
essay and all the essays I've
read at various venues, and so has the recent survey on mystical
> > 5. A short (no more than about 5 sentences) description/explanation
> > of the language (e.g. reasons for its creation, associated
> > concultures, etc.)
Teonaht is a life-long project for me started when I was nine years old
and originally devoted to a cat cult, which still has vestiges in the
culture as I think of it today (see my Bastet Pages:
It has developed, I hope, into a formal, baroque, and quirky language
that I intended
for beauty and originality of expression. Its most prominent features
are not just
its crotchety OSV word order (it's really turning into an SOV language),
but its use
of volitional and non-volitional subject/verb forms. Even though it is
nominative in nature, it has a split nominative that makes a distinction
and experiencers (or participants). Its other features (the three forms
of verb for
instance) are best described in the grammar.
Niffodyr tweluenrem lis teuim an.
"The gods have retractible claws."
from _The Gospel of Bastet_