Re: Conlang book
|From:||Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, March 29, 2001, 19:32|
>The information I need, which should be fairly easy to provide, is:
>1. Name of conlang
>2. Name of conlanger
>3. Sample sentence with interlinearization/translation (optional)
I assume two sentences are okay? ;-)
Theist férei es kendz,
ne speikei ez arshaiks.
Dau tan graif sens kenener.
Somewhat free translation:
Hope betrays the heart,
and clouds the mind.
Yet we need it to live.
Theist férei es kendz
Hope[nom] betray[present] the emotions[acc]
ne speikei ez arshaiks
and darken[present] the intellect[acc]
Dau tan graif sens kenener
Yet we[nom] need[present] it[acc] live[infinitive][dat]
_Kend_, acc _kendz_, is a collecitve sg meaning a persons feelings as a
whole, translated "heart" in the symbolic sense above.
The definite article _ez_ becomes _es_ before an unvoiced consonant.
Similarly, the acc ending _-s_ becomes _-z_ after a voiced stop. The
Tairezazh infinitive is inflected for case just like nouns, thence
_ken-en-er_ from _ken_ "live", where _-(e)n_ is the infinitive ending and
_-(e)r_ the dative.
>4. Web page URLs, e-mail addresses, book titles, or other sources of
Sorry, no stuff on the 'net (yet).
5. A short (no more than about 5 sentences) description/explanation of the
language (e.g. reasons for its creation, associated concultures, etc.)
We-ell, it started out as a means to form believeable names for my SF
con-universe. It, perhaps not so surprizingly, eventually took on a life of
it's own and acquired grammar, syntax etc in addition to the phonology.
Speaking of which, Tairezazh's phonology includes lots of fricatives and
africates, the usual six stops, /n/ and /m/ (the later only occuring
initially) and a fairly simple vocalic system. Consonant clusters are quite
common, and sometimes get quite long (eg _ranzdz_ "tunnel[acc]").
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