|From:||Anthony M. Miles <theophilus88@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, February 2, 2002, 23:39|
>From: Padraic Brown <agricola@...>
>Reply-To: Constructed Languages List <CONLANG@...>
>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
> > In our world, all languages have a mother language (is that the correct
> > 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
> > words, the roots, can have no etymology at all. They were just
> > 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
> > from a few, "invented-out-of-the-air" roots (but still, I now have about
> > words). How do you construct words for a theoretical language with no
> > 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
> > Martin
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.
"An apple eaten increases awareness;
cider drunk decreases awareness"
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