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Re: Words

From:Padraic Brown <agricola@...>
Date:Saturday, February 2, 2002, 15:14
Am 02.02.02, The RipperDoc yscrifef:

> But Varon is supposed to be a constructed language, constructed by the gods. > In our world, all languages have a mother language (is that the correct word > for it?). But Varon doesn't have any ancestor, it's really the first > language. That makes the process of creating words rather odd, because some > words, the roots, can have no etymology at all. They were just "invented" > right out of the minds of the gods.
I guess that _would_ be the etymology.
> One could imagine that the first created words in our world were > onomateopoethic (correct term?), i.e. sound imitating.
Possibly. Without the ability to study the speech habits of early word users, we'll just never know.
> Do you have any > suggestions on how making more words? I'm quite tired of just deriving words > from a few, "invented-out-of-the-air" roots (but still, I now have about 520 > words). How do you construct words for a theoretical language with no mother > tongue?
Get into the minds of these Gods and make some new roots. If they made a whole new language chances are pretty good they came up with nonderiving words (such that "see" and "sight" aren't related). Also consider the differing personalities of the Gods. One may choose thundering powerful words; another may choose concise monosyllables.
> Martin
Padraic. -- Gwerez dah, chee gwaz vaz, ha leal.