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Categories in Lingua Ignota (was RE: LeGuin (was: a 12th century conlang))

From:FFlores <fflores@...>
Date:Thursday, March 25, 1999, 20:44
Sally Caves <scaves@...> wrote:
> > We were talking just a few days ago about the _Lingua Ignota_. I'vedone this
> thing when making up vocabulary (nouns) for Teonaht. I was > going to suggest that we conlangers produce some taxonomies similar > to Hildegard's: Let's see a list from some of you with at least twenty
> in each of these categories: > > 1. God, gods, angels, saints, and demons.
AFMCL Drasele'q (word count : Elan "The Eternal" (the God of the Illuminated) elas (just a god) Tarrag "the Devil" (evil force(s) of the world) Oldeni^l Di'ndimbal "Oldeni^l the Illuminated One" The forces of nature: Aro^ng, "Chaos" Mere^k, "Order" Eha^p, "Lighy" Peve'n "Darkness" Alosta "Cold" Posse "Heat" Atthu'ndnotsel Duqis "The Unnamed Force" Other gods: Gresse^nq (lord of the mountains) Skoi`m (lord of the marshes) Otsung (lord of the sea) Rodhre'l (lady of growth and spring) Pa`rvat (lady of fertility) Anu"vor (god of fire) Nifa^n (lord of fire [another one]) Rreiful (lady of iron and patron of the smiths) Tegnam (god of luck) Sienqgam (god of justice, brother of Tegnam) Fensi^l (the Dark One, lord of the night spirits, madness and fear) Ha'pseret (the Clear One, sister of Fensi^l) Srothlon (the hand of death) Mi'lmenqgran (lady of birth and the unborn children) (I've been working on this!)
> 2. Human family relationships.
teus "child, offspring" teumus "son" teuvas "daughter" nerr(id) "mother" uld(id) "father" ululdid "grandfather" and combinations.
> 3. The parts of the body.
mer "mouth" ne`th "head" qan "face" rru`s "leg" na"t "arm" sto`m "chest" ku"rus "knee" gep "eye" vaid "finger/toe" fith "foot" idan "hand" qola"d "iris"
> 4. Diseases of the body.
Just one general term: trioqain "disease, sickness"
> 5. Names relating to Church or Religion
oldoren "priest" (lit. yellow-man, man in yellow) tarfra"'th "religion, cult" thalmor "soul" (from thalm- "door", the soul is the "inner room")
> 6. Names relating to Secular Hierarchies, the parts of Government
dantur "king" danteumus "prince" danteuvas "princess" qlonenqgron "great lord, emperor" dhidenqgrig "little lord, governor of a province" ulienqgrig "patriarch, head of the family" dansniton "royal counselor, minister, court negotiator" (dan)kamp "counselor" kasi^b "commander, general"
> 7. The parts of trade and human craft.
Not many so far... Though I could make a few derivations.
> 8. Days, months, seasons of the year, hours, minutes.
The 12 months and the extra "week": Name Begins Lasts (days) 1 namis ["new one"] 25/Oct 30 2 tenthemel ["repeats itself"] 24/Nov 29 3 mu"nvu"ris ["end of the first"] 23/Dec 30 4 qa`ni'var ["very much heat"] 22/Jan 29 5 rrompla'nth ["big apples"] 20/Feb 30 6 klanvu"ris ["end of the second"] 22/Mar 29 7 mienfarel ["the humid one"] 20/Abr 30 8 soimarel ["the misty one"] 20/May 29 9 rrosnet ["sea wind"] 18/Jun 30 10 nalosnet ["cold wind"] 18/Jul 29 11 skelkel ["the gathered"] 16/Aug 30 12 teubelar ["children's birth"] 15/Sep 29 danqu"ngep ["short dozen of days"] 14/Oct 11
> 9. The Quotidian things of life: clothing, houses, farming.
bre`r "clothing, clothes" paol "loose coat" sve`g "roof" folge't "chair" nailos "window" fa`nedhor "foyer" endhilden "to plant" imma'neor "plantation, field" sindior "flower garden" pu`g "cow" fok "ox" fogoef "cattle" ilnavdar "harvest"
> 10. The parts of the Natural World.
ba"`n "plant, vegetal thing" thu"`g "animal, beast, nonhuman being" ren "person" (actually "man"... patriarchal society!) nain "sky" dhrith "land, earth" rros "sea, ocean" dinias "star" bais "sun" is(ais) "moon" hal "bird" rrenvel "four-legged animal" (rren-vidh-el "four-foot-ones") grais "mountain" qanas "plain" --Pablo Flores * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Zymurgy's Law of Volunteer Labour: People are always available for work in the past tense.