Re: New language Noygwexaal
|From:||Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, March 22, 2005, 8:05|
Sounds good ... er, "bad"? ;)
On Tue, 22 Mar 2005 18:49, Geoff Horswood wrote:
> As usual, all comments & suggestions welcome.
> Partly in the interests of sheer perversity, I'm trying to create an orc-
> language with a mostly "elvish" phonology. Noygwexaal is what I have come
> up with, spoken by the Noygooras, or goblin peoples.
> Character CXS value
> p /p/
> b /b/
> t /t/
> d /d/
> c /k/
> g /g/
> cw /kw/
> gw /gw/
> m /m/
> n /n/
> y /N/
> yw /Nw/
> f /f/
> v /v/
> x /T/
> q /D/
> s /s/
> z /z/
> r /r/
> l /l/
> w /w/
> j /j/
> a /a/
> aa /a:/
> e /e, E/
> ee /e:, E:/
> i /i, I/
> ii /i:, I:/
> o /o, O/
> oo /o:, O:/
> u /u, U/
> uu /u:, U:/
> Doubled vowels can be written as vowel-macron, but this font won't handle
> macrons :P. I was thinking of transcribing /S/ as k, but that's just a
> little too perverse.
> OSV syntax, just to continue the perversity. Plurals and collectives
> are formed by ablaut of the final vowel in a regular pattern for each
> vowel. There are 6 noun classes: warm/bright, hard, soft, liquid/wet,
> abstract/immaterial, and magical. Most living things are in the
> warm/bright category, but so are fire, hot rocks, the sun, the moon and so
> on. Some animals are in the hard or soft categories, and most magical or
> completely eldritch creatures fall into the magical category, as does any
> complex machinery.
> There are only 2 tenses: Present and Oblique. (When you spend almost all
> of your existence underground, time is less of an issue.) However, there
> are 4 levels of evidentiality: direct knowledge, direct report, tradition
> and hearsay.
> Some example sentences
> ga-reqan ec vuur-carwaanduu vuur-i-xanoor deriil.
> /ga 'rED.an Ek vu:r` kar'wa:n.du: vu:r i Tan'O:r dEr'i:l/
> ga-reqan ec vuur-carwa.anduu vuur-i-xanoor der.iil
> the(h)-pickaxe to the(w)-work_party.leader the-SUBJ-thanor give.3sgl(w)_obl
> Thanor gave the pickaxe to the overseer.
> ga-reqen ec vuur-carwaanduu vuur-i-xanoor deriil.
> /ga 'rED.En Ek vu:r` kar'wa:n.du: vu:r i Tan'O:r dEr'i:l/
> ga-reqen ec vuur-carwa.anduu vuur-i-xanoor der.iil
> the(h)-pickaxes(pl) to the(w)-work_party.leader the-SUBJ-thanor
> give.3sgl(w) _obl
> Thanor gave the pickaxes to the overseer.
> tarl ga-nen i-gwiin biijeruqiin.
> /tarl ga nEn I gwi:n bi:'jEr.UD.i:n/
> tarl ga-nen i-gwiin biijer.uqiin
> in the(h)-cave SUBJ-bats fly.3pl(w)_prs_2ev
> (I have been told that) Bats fly (around) in the cave.
> ga-nen i-lumaara telejwestuu.
> /ga nEn i lu'ma:r.a tE'lej.wEs.tu:/
> ga-nen i-lumaara telej.westuu
> the(h)-cave SUBJ-waters(c) tunnel.3c(l)_obl_3ev
> (It is the tradition that) Water carved this cave.
> puu-heerulindwaara nejr iloornuu.
> /pu: 'hE:.ru.lIn"dwa:.ra nejr I'lo:r.nu:/
> puu-heeru.lindwaara nejr iloor.nuu
> the(m)-black.dragon you(formal) slay.2sgl(f)_obl_2ev
> You will slay the black dragon.
>  collective forms. eg the singular of "person" is "person", and the
> plural is "people", which in Noywexaal has the sense of "some people"
> or "these people" (of a limited number). The collective form has the sense
> of "all the people", "the tribe", "the crowd" and so on.
>  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".
>  future events are usually couched in less certain evidentiality, as
> (prophecy notwithstanding) the future is uncertain.
> What do you think? I'm currently vocabulary-generating as a prelude to
> working on a Babel translation.
Clinersterton beademung, with all of love - RIP James Blish
Mau e ki, he aha te mea nui?
You ask, what is the most important thing?
Maku e ki, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
I reply, it is people, it is people, it is people.