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Introducing the Wakat language

From:Rik Roots <rik@...>
Date:Friday, March 16, 2007, 13:56
It's been a long while since I've posted to the list, though I still lurk. For
those who have forgotten, my name is Rik and I have two conlangs: Gevey
(which I've been working on for decades); and Wakat - a relatively young
conlang no more than 2 years old.

Anyway, I've been busy over the past few weeks getting the Wakat website into
a state fit for viewing and critiquing. The basic work is done, but there's
still tons to add, like example translations, perhaps some lessons, plenty of
little details, etc.

To get people interested enough to visit the website, here's a dozen facts
about the language to get mouths watering ...

1. Wakat is a reconstructed language - its developers in my conworld (the
Nakap philosophers) are in search of the "perfect language", the language
that they believe was spoken by all people at the beginning of time.

2. The grammar presented on the website is more of a metaphorical grammar
rather than an analytical one.

3. The language has 10 vowels (with no dipthongs) and 27 consonants.

4. The language has 3 native scripts, including a logographic script.

5. My romanisation of the written language is a little bit different from the

6. Consonant voicing is a grammatical as well as a phonological feature of the

7. Wakat is an active-dative language, with a fairly strict SVO word order.

8. It is also highly polysynthetic, with agent incorporation into the verb.

9. Almost all words are derived from core concept rootwords - the derivation
models can be a little bit frightening, but apparently make sense to the
philosophers who developed the language.

10. There are five object classes, and five object numbers.

11. Counting is base-8, and small numbers cliticise onto their object.

12. the language only has two formal tenses, but compensates with a rich array
of aspects and moods.

You can visit the Wakat website at:

The next thing for me to do is some translation exercises and lexical
development. I'm looking for a set of example sentences, where the sentences
go from the simple to more complex as you move through the list - I know it
exists, but I can't seem to locate it on the web. Pointers to that list would
be gratefully received!

Finally, comments and crits on how to improve the website (and language) are
always - always - welcome!



Christian Köttl <christian.koettl@...>
Herman Miller <hmiller@...>