So I’ve been playing with this #WIPWorldBuilders worldbuilding challenge on Twitter, and thinking about doing my own for Mastodon/The Fediverse, so when @DMoonfire greeted me this morning, I asked him how one greeted someone in (one of) his conlang(s).
Then I realized I had no way to say hello in Calenyen!
So I fixed that.
kettaar /kɛt.tɑɹ/ (from ket hey, and taar, you), Hello.
kettaarte /kɛt.tɑɹ.tɛ/ Hello (to you two)
kettaarbe /kɛt.tɑɹ.bɛ/ Hello (to a group/herd)
kettaarne /kɛt.tɑɹ.njɛ/ Hello (to an unknown group, as in greeting an audience)
I wanted to write the Calenyen classic blessing-on-parting, “smooth roads, clear skies.”
Turns out I had almost none of the words! Well, I had 2 out of 4 if you don’t consider the implied “May you always have” or “let there always be”.
What I had:
the word for under-clothes comes from the word lur, meaning smooth, easy: from kiprat-lur to kiplur and eventually down to kur.
eetan – sky
-unu beyond use (the sun, the moon, the stars)
ah- makes a verb be “always”
–ootun beyond use , plural
-ak useful, singular
-anan useful, plural
Two: -te or -tye
herd: -be or -bye
Many, unknown: -ne or -nye
kaab – to be
tidzieg – a path, a road
tidziegnye – Many roads
gud – clear
Which brings us to
ahkaabanan todziegnye lur
(Smooth Roads, or “may your roads always be smooth.”
ahkaabootun eetan gud.
(Clear skies, or “may your skies always be clear.”)
ahkaabanan todziegnye lur
Eseme put herself in Textiles House, so I needed a title.
Okay, this one is going to get a bit complicated.
We’re looking for a broad term for textiles-maker.
In the looking for this work, we found, ah, embroidery:
from tyek, a word for drawing.
you end up with benyentyek, bentyek, art-with-a-needle, embroidery.
All right, today we’re figuring out the word for Diplomat, the title for many people to graduate Estiessyaa house.
Let’s see, the English etymology of the word… is one of those weird ones, where state papers come from the Greek word for folded paper.
I’m thinking blunted-spear is the word for diplomacy.
And it looks like I have:
paiterz, snow-spears, with the quote “The Cālenyena call almost everything long and pointy a spear. When all you have is a hammer, etc.”
The Arran/West coast word for spear-leaf: adavijamin (Spear-blade is adavi in that language) Continue reading
We’re still in the month of Names, which Edally is good for. But I’m going to do something a little different.
A couple years back, I turned several of my friends’ and readers’ names into their Calenyen versions, but Eseme was offline during that era.
She chose a colorful bird, so here we go.
A noun isn’t going start with an E in Calenyen; not unless it’s one of those that are Beyond the definition of Use — the sky, the sea, the mountains, the moon, the sun.
Now, a word coined first in Calenyen wouldn’t start with the se- sound, either. Continue reading