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YANC: Guidéñaga (long)

From:Dan Jones <devobratus@...>
Date:Saturday, April 26, 2003, 15:23
Sovoda a olló, maguere lavaredó nievos de elluye Celticonlang ar auriecho de
jeche lidevage con camios de tonos romanagos. Doge auresto sona jeches novia
pe anuano "Guidéñaga".

/so'Boda a 'ol_jo ma'gere lavare'do njeBos o e'l_juje tselti'con@lan ar
aur'jetSo de 'ZetSe lide'BaZe kon 'kamjos de 'tonos  roma'nagos. doZe
au'resto 'sona 'ZetSes 'noBja pe an'wano gi'den_jaga/

Greetings to everybody, recently someone on the Celticonlang group was
talking about creating a Celtic language with Romance sound-changes. Thus, I
created this new language which I call "Guidéñaga".

Obviously, the romance sound-changes applied here are those which produce
Old Spanish (a language I love the look and sound of), based on the
reconstucted Gaulish I use for Arvorec. Conculturally, the great premise is
that Caesar never conquered Gaul. Instead, the Roman Republic never became
an Empire, but limited itself to Italy. Gaul found itself unified as an
Empire under Verrîx Vercingetorix I. Christianity never happened. By the
400th year of the Gallic Empire, it comprised Britain, Hispania, Ireland and
Batavia, as well as Gaul proper. In the 5th century, however, the Germanic
Volkerwanderung began, and the Empire fragmented. Guidéñaga is the spoken
language of southern Gaul and northern Spain, called Guideña (from

Guidéñaga derives from the dialect of old southern Gaul, which had much more
contact with Greek and Latin than the purer dialects of Northern Gaul and
Britain. Also, after the Arabic conquest of Hispania, many Arabic loan-words
passed into the language.

Since creating the language was pretty much a matter of applying
sound-changes to material I already had (I love a posteriori conlangs-
although it does seem slightly like cheating, though), the nominal and
verbal paradigms are fairly complete. Unlike Spanish, Guidéñaga retains
something of a case system, although it has reduced the original eight to
just three: nominative, oblique and genitive and only four declensions,
a-stems, o-stems, i-stems and consonant-stems, shown below (hopefully
formatting will come through):

o-stems "viros" man
singular                plural
nom     viros           viri
obl     viro            viros
gen     vire            virono

a-stems  "geñeda" girl
singular                plural
nom     geñeda          geñedas
obl     geñede          geñedas
gen     geñedas geñedano

i-stems "aulades" country
singular                plural
nom     aulades         auladeis
obl     aulade          auladis
gen     aulades         auladio

consonant stems "druje" priest
        singular                plural
nom     druje           drujes
obl     druje           drujas
gen     drujos          drujo

More on verbs etc. to follow.

So, what do you think?

Ath yw dyned can pob den o rydhad o voenyth, cynanaf â

o Raeth 18 o Gorlavaraed Vethysadec an Dynedad Dyneth

Deiniol Jones


Tristan McLeay <kesuari@...>
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