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Re: New language Noygwexaal

From:Geoff Horswood <geoffhorswood@...>
Date:Thursday, March 24, 2005, 6:40
>On Tue, 22 Mar 2005 21:40:29 +0100, Henrik Theiling <theiling@...> >wrote:
>>(Why do the orcs use Latin characters, btw?)
Conculture reason: When they're writing in man-letters (probably Latinate), this is how they do it. RL reason: I wanted a slightly nonstandard romanised orthography. As for their own script, it's written vertically, starting at top right corner and proceeding in columns from right to left.
>> >>> [2] modifiers, especially adjectives, are usually conjoined to the >>> front of their head to create long compound words. The exception is >>> in sentences like "the dragon is black". >> >>I like this! How do you say: >> >> 'Green is beautiful.' >> >>Or may 'green' be used as a noun, too? Would you have to say: >>'Green-colour is beautiful'?
"Green" may be used as a noun. Most words can stray from their specified part-of-speech role, so something that's technically an adjective can be used as a noun ("green is beautiful") or even as a verb ("the grass greens again after the drought").
>>I have another question: what's orkish about this lang? Is it your >>definition that it's spoken by orcs? > >Exactly. I'm thinking of following up with a really crunchy, guttural elf- >language, possibly with clicks. This is in the interests of "It seemed >like a good idea at the time". >
This, of course, is most of the raison d'etre of this lang. I'm trying to turn all of the fantasy language stereotypes around, so we have a fairly fluid, "elvish" sounding goblin tongue, a guttural elf-language full of clicks and stops, a highly aspirated, "breathy" dwarf-tongue, and so on. Not sure what I'll do with the humans of that realm. I'll see what seems good later.


Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>