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Re: Words

From:Anthony M. Miles <theophilus88@...>
Date:Saturday, February 2, 2002, 23:39
>From: Padraic Brown <agricola@...> >Reply-To: Constructed Languages List <CONLANG@...> >To: CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU >Subject: Re: Words >Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2002 10:14:06 -0500 > >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.
You could also use different phonological constraints with different gods' words. For instance, the god of music could favor open syllables, while the god of love could favor fricatives. Zbaliaha~mas "An apple eaten increases awareness; cider drunk decreases awareness" _________________________________________________________________ Chat with friends online, try MSN Messenger:


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