Re: Dritok script and text example
|From:||Elliott Lash <erelion12@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, October 28, 2007, 12:19|
I really liked this script and the language sounds
interesting as well. The script reminds me of Turkic
scripts, like Uiyghur..
I realise the gestures are more extensive in this
language, however, they reminded me of Silindion
having a special sign for the accusative case of
singular nouns. It is variously pronounced: -in,
-an, -on, -en, -ean, -na, -ne, -da, -de, -dan,
etc...but is spelled (haphazardly) with the same
--- Donald Boozer <donaldboozer@...> wrote:
> I've posted this elsewhere, but I wanted to share
> CONLANG as well. I apologize if you've seen this.
> I've created a first draft of a script for the
> voiceless/gestural conlang, Dritok. For a refresher
> the phonology of Dritok:
> The key to the script is available here:
> An extended text (the first five lines of "The North
> Wind and the Sun") is available here:
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> For those interested, here is the transliteration
> glossary for the text sample:
> Notice in the transliteration below that each
> portion is separated by .'s. Each of these segments
> written as a ligature within the script itself.
> each word or phrase that is connected to a gesture
> with a = is written on a single vertical bar. Once
> again, the gestures (capital letters) are to the
> of the bar; spoken portions to the right of the bar.
> I'm considering making the Drushek (the speakers of
> Dritok) "split-brained" to be able to read both
> of the vertical bar simultaneously.
> A transliteration of those lines:
> V2&=sx:w.q't. s'.s' pr.np'. D5^Q5=V2&=zn.t'.z*
> Those two, the Great Wind and the sun, with respect
> 'their' strength were arguing.
> P4=sx:w.q't. P4=D1>>s.t*.ql. Q1=zn.t'.z*. D4/Q5=D2
> The Great Wind he said: "My strength is superior to
> P4=pr.np' P4=D1>>s'.t*ql. Q1=zn.t'z*. D4/Q5=D2
> The Sun he said: "My strength is superior to yours."
> P4=tr'w.cq. V2&=D1>>xws.ql. P4=hr:.zp.th.
> A Drushek, the two of them saw, (he was) leaping
> the path.
> P4=sx:w.q't. P4=D1>>s'.t*.ql. P4=pln.t'. tr'w.cq.
> The Great Wind he said: His cloak, the Drushek he
> Glossary (in order of appearance):
> Vocalizations (given in both proper Drushek
> orthography, an attempt at X-SAMPA pronunciation,
> sx:w.q't. = "Great Wind" /sx_Oq_>E_0t/ "suukyt"
> s'.s'. = conjunction /ts_>ts_>/ "chy-chy"
> pr.np'. = sun (lit. "day light") /prm_0_>p_>/
> zn.t'.z*. = strength, strong, be strong
> tf.p*.o. = argue, argument, arguing (tf.p*. =
> discussing, discussion) /tp\O\f\_O/ "tefpokno"
> s.t*.ql. = speak, say (lit. "to give form to a
> thought with the mouth") /ts_>|\qE_0K/ "chysik-keth"
> tr'w.cq = (a) Drushek /tr_0_>s`q/ "drushek"
> xws.ql. = see, observe (lit. "to give form to with
> eye") /X_OsqE_0K/ "khus-keth"
> hr:.zp.th. = leap, leaping, to leap (hr:. "move";
> zp.th. "foot"; Drushek move most efficiently by
> leaping) /hE_0r:CE_0ptX\/ "herrzhepta"
> lt'.q' = path, road, way /Kt_>q_>/ "thedygy"
> pln.t'. = cloak, wrap /pE_0Km_0_>t_>/ "pethendy"
> t'.qsx:n. = winner, champion /t_>qE_0sX:m_0_>/
> f.t'.q'. = remove, take off, put aside (for later
> /p\t_>q_>/ "fedyky"
> Nonverbal (Gestural):
> 1. V2 = dual number (forefinger and middle finger
> raised in V-shape, palm toward person spoken to)
> 2. & = plural motion; circling in the plane of the
> 3. V2& = those two, they (dual)
> 4. X^Y = Gesture X changes to Gesture Y
> 5. D5^Q5 = "in," used idiomatically to mean "with
> respect to" (open hand, palm held perpendicular to
> speaker and the ground changes into a fist)
> 6. Q1 = first person gesture, or, topic of phrase
> (fist held against chest)
> 7. A D4/Q5=B = A is above B; A is superior to B
> B is below A; B is inferior to A) (open hand, palm
> downward held directly over a fist, held
> to the body of speaker)
> 8. D2 = second person gesture ("you, your, yours,
> etc.") (open palm held toward person being spoken
> fingers pointing up)
> 9. D1>> = past tense marker (open palm, facing
> moving away from speaker)
> 10. >> = indicates gesture moves away from speaker
> 11. P4 = a third person gesture ("he, her, it, his,
> him, hers, etc.") (little finger held out, other
> fingers and thumb held in, hand held palm downward)
> 11a. P4& = third person plural ("they, them, etc.")
> (P4 circling parallel to ground)
> 12. I2>> = along, with, down, etc. (forefinger held
> out, other fingers curled in, palm facing person
> spoken to)
> 13. (( = indicates gesture moves in direction of
> of hand
> 14. D5(( = future tense marker (open hand, palm held
> perpendicular to the speaker and the ground; hand
> moves from across speaker's body in front of them
> left to right)
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