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My newest project

From:Christopher B Wright <faceloran@...>
Date:Sunday, February 24, 2002, 22:28
I'm making a vampire language. The temporary name is Fampónd, which is
the possessive form of "vampire" fampó (not very imaginative, I'll

Yes, yes, it's been done before. But then, when I first wanted to make a
language, a friend of mine told me that it had been done before
(mentioning Esperanto, ROFL). Besides, I've only found one vampire
language, whereas there are dozens of elfin languages.

The syllabic style is a bit more forgiving than I usually allow. It's (C)
(L) V (L) (C), where L is not a plosive or affricate (I consider
affricates to be two consonants for determining syllables). The first
syllable is a bit different; it's (C) L V (L) (C). (My other languages
allow (C) (C) V (C) or (C) V (C). ) There are no diphthongs; two vowels
together would make two syllables.

I have an alphabet of l, m, n, r, y, w, v, f, z /Z/, ð /D/, þ /T/, s, t,
d, c, g, p, b, sh /S/, j /dZ/, ch /tS/ (a total of 21 consonants), with
vowels...I'm fuzzy on the IPA, so I'll use examples.
A "ah" as in tall
Á (A with an acute accent) "a" as in ale, tame
E "eh" as in "lead" (the metal; how I dislike English)
I "ee" as in eel, lean
Í (I with an acute accent) "ai" /aj/ (I'm certain on this one)
O "ooh" as in fool, Luke, Spanish "u"
Ó (O with an acute accent) "oh" as in bone, coal
U "uh" as in dove, nut
A total of 8 vowels. 29 letters in all.

The language is a lot more agglutinating than my other languages, having,
for instance, a tense affix for verbs to combine with the person/number
affix. Example: chón-i-þ-an. "Set"-base vowel-present perfect-2nd
singular: "you have set".

A sample of the language, from a website and probably a book before it,
though I don't remember the name of either.

Have you gazed on naked grandeur where there's nothing else to gaze on,
Nandiþan naða jereþ maluþó talan moð jana nandov?

Set pieces and drop-curtain scenes galore,
Chóniþan leþ nemaþostran lóm grastran,

Big mountains heaved to heaven, which the blinding sunsets blazon,
Ler veta raslampalán maluð rocólna, linðana venaþaláþ veta,

Black canyons where the rapids rip and roar?
Greneþ lomó raln fónitán lóm finitán forosan?

What do you think?

Christopher Wright


Peter Clark <pc451@...>