A Quick Conlang Post

I’ve been doing a bit of conlang over on Patreon this month as I play with people’s names in Reiassan and their post-Edally titles.

But I realized that a core concept of Calenyen, the language, had no word: Use

Time to fix that!

Calenyen has three grammatical genders:

Useful/of Use – toka
Useless/with no use – tyok
Beyond use – etok 

-tok- is used only in this setting and for nothing else.  Discussing use as -tok- is a philosophical concept that is intensely important to the Calenyena from their  goat-herding days through to their Industrial Revolution and beyond.



Conlang (Extra Lexember?) – Put Some Clothes On

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Today’s topic is… Clothes

Okay, let’s see.

We need people who weave, which means we need something to weave.

vinkin is a sort of linen-like fiber which grows easily in their environment.  vinken is the fabric made from it, and vonken is to weave or to make fabric.

rortlon is to sew; rirtlin is a sewn garment, rertlen is “sewn.”

in most cases, rirtlin has come to mean clothing as a whole.

lenlen is a sewing needle; hinlon is thread.

hinhin is embroidery, which is often done with beads made of wood, metal, or clay.

oh, yes, beads.

Ishjiishinjijin. (wooden, metal, clay beads).

The main garment worn is a folded sheet of fabric joined at the shoulders and often belted (kedvel; kidvil, a belt) around the waist; when the weather is cold, a tube that would probably be considered a shrug in modern terms is worn under or over this main garment.  The garment is a tilri (telren, folded; tilren, fold; tolren, to fold); the sleeve/shrug is a nini.

(none, to give someone the shoulder, to turn your back on them).

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Conlang (Extra Lexember?) – The Village, Part II

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Today’s topic is… Village

Within a village, there are usually several people of importance:
You have the head person, mayor or dispute-reckoner.

Oh! Fight, a fight is rrig. To fight is thus rrog and fight-attitude is rreg.

Okay, so Jirregji. The head-of-village.

And you have the wise-folk: zindi (both Is are as in in)

And the clever-folk: ridi.

di itself means thought, mind.

In this case: the wise folk are usually older people who have proven themselves to have a great deal of knowledge to share.

And the clever folk are generally past adolescence and into an age of innovation.

Oh! Plurals.

=da, -sa, -ya, -kwa

-more-than-one, indeterminate
-a triad
-too many to count

so the wise-folk and the clever-folk are usualy zindiya, ridiya.

There is the Hunt-leader, redi. Like the jirregji, there is only one of them at once.
And the farm-leader, ledi.

And there is the diplomat, (the foreigner-leader), jijidi, of which there is usually be one, but might be several.

People of the village are likfrikwa

(fri is a person)

(Yes, village-people).

(well, TECHNICALLY, people of the green)

A larger village will have a child-leader as well, zizdi, one who thinks about the children.  But in a smaller village, this is handled by the wise-ones.

This is a level just barely beyond subsistence farming. Some people focus on root- or seed-crops, some focus on hunting, some on the animals.  Some make things from the things they can hunt or harvest – wooden things or foods or stone things or things made from bones, and so on.

And some people gather specifically those things that are unique to their own area, for trade with other areas.

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Conlang (Extra Lexember?) – The Village

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Today’s topic is… Village


We have a rertivel, the house-bowl with a central green – liklek, in a style they often use (It’s a green-green)

And widoriginally a meadow or other wide stretch of land, becomes a field for planting crops in.

We have the thit, a cattle-like creature (and thet, bovine, usually used to mean lazy and sleepy, and thot, to act in a bovine matter).

The thit and the yin, an egg-laying creature (ducklike) are kept in kid, a corrale (ked, square, kidden, square, kod, to corralle).

And the food is often cooked in a central area, which is usually a kidden, the word square, moved out to mean a central cooking-place.

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Conlang (Extra Lexember?) – Society

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Today’s topic is… Society

Right now, I’m building vocabulary based on a very pre-industrial society. It’s sort of an experiment (which might end up being an in-world experiment, too; I have Ideas); I’m picturing them at a beginning-to-farm level as well as having pictured them at a hunter-gatherer level and going outwards from that.

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Conlang (Extra Lexember?) – Shelter

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Today’s topic is… Shelter

The basic unit of shelter is vil, but this is used almost exclusively for what we might call a shack, although volto house (or be housed) is still used for almost any case involving giving someone a place to live.

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Conlang (Extra Lexember?) – syllabary

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Okay, today we’re going to talk about Food.

If you’re looking for haute cuisine, that’s going to have to wait.  Today, we’re talking about very basic food for my as-of-yet-unnamed/worldbuilt society.

First is the Fiffiff root, a tuberous starch root to a thorny bush, vinni which bears berries  – the berries, thitfi, are edible by the cattle-like creature (The thit) but not by humans.

Fiffiff is cooked on one of three ways:

blended with the sap from the fijlof tree, then pounded, pounded, pounded into a paste which is spread out and dried.  The fijlof sap changes the acidity of the fiffiff and makes it store better.

boiled down and eaten like mashed potatoes.

cut into small slices and fried up with thit fat

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For #Lexember: Yet another try at a language, oops

Okay, so I am riffing off of a few things – Inspector Caracal mentioning changing an extant conlang to a syllabary, part of the Extra Credits History on the written language, a few ideas that popped into my head while in a meeting.

This is a new language and doesn’t have a world yet, oops.

The idea is: There are a list of words which are “base” words, one sound, one syllable, and THOSE words make up the base characters.

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Conlang for Lexember!

Day 1 & 8

Day 12, oops!

So, I’m doing what, every 4 days?

Before the Curse hit their little corner of the world, the Shou were known as the finest artists in all the land – poetry, painted art, sculpture.   Now they are known as the finest artificers, but they do still hold some vestiges of art.

They live a shorter lifespan then the average human-variant, but they make up for this with a very quick childhood and a very intense apprenticeship/scholarly period.  The apprenticeship is known as “the hard years” and is both headed and followed by  one-year “wander times”

Child: notey (NOTE-ay)

(this is a word that is about as generic as “child,” meaning any non-adult.

Apprentice – Het tppey (HET tp(pop)-hay)

to apprentice – Het tpp o

(Fiassh apprenticed to Eyone on her tenth year, when she stopped being a child).

And from that, to take as an apprenticeTcho het tpp o, which shortened after some time to Tcho o .  Technically, that just means to take on, but it is always used in meaning to take on as an apprentice.  One who takes on: tchotey.

Sound Inventory 2

I’ve used F, t, pp, S, sh, tch, h, n, kw
ee, e, oou, (a) e, ia (yuh), ey (Fonzie!), o