square is nelki (revisited)

March 27th, 2015 by Mariska
nelki = square (shape) (noun) (some things Google found for "nelki": a uncommon term; an unusual last name; a rare first name; user names; means cloves in Silesian which is language of Poland or a dialect of Polish; similar nelk means cloves in Estonian; Nelki's Place is a hotel in Lagos, Nigeria)

Word derivation for "square" :
Basque = lauki, Finnish = neliö
Miresua = nelki

My previous Miresua word for square was nölai.

The Basque word lauki does mean square, but translates to quadrilateral, 4-sided polygon. I found another word in Basque, karratu, that specifically means square. Although I chose to use the Basque word lauki again because, like the Finnish word, neliö, it's derived from its language's word for four. (Four in Basque is lau, four in Finnish is neljä.) I made my new Miresua word for square resemble the Miresua word for four, nelu.

The word square doesn't appear in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. But square (and squares) appears numerous times in Through the Looking-glass.
For some minutes Alice stood without speaking, looking out in all directions over the country -- and a most curious country it was. There were a number of tiny little brooks running straight across it from side to side, and the ground between was divided up into squares by a number of little green hedges, that reached from brook to brook.


March 27th, 2015 by Bad conlanging ideas

Both verbs and nouns are conjugated based on the cantor cardinality of the set they represent. While you cannot distinguish between singular and plural except by context (zero, one, and two are all conjugated as finite), you can trivially distinguish between countably and uncountably infinite objects. Unfortunately, because the cardinalities are strictly ordered, nobody can speak this language until the Cantor Continuity Hypothesis is proven.


March 25th, 2015 by Bad conlanging ideas

My dear followers,

I heartily encourage y’all to submit more The Last Airbender-/Legend of Korra-themed bad conlanging ideas. They fill a void that I didn’t even know needed filling.

With love,
The mod


March 25th, 2015 by Bad conlanging ideas

Make a conlang where the vowels of your name are determined by the nation you come from:

For example:

Imagine a story where Kɔtɔrɔ and Sɔkɔ, of the Wɔtər Trɔbe, find ɛŋg, an ɛrbɛndɛr, and team up with Suku and Tuph, from the Urth Kungdum, and then also with Ziki, to defeat his father, Fiər Lərd Izi, and sister Princiss Izili.   In this universe, most of the schwas come from /u/, to allow the neutral area of Rəpəbləc Cətə in the Legend of Kɔrrɔ. (Spoiler: she is able to harmonize with əsəmi. Neither goes well with Miki, even though certain fans insist on it)

Detail #146: An Idea for Objects

March 24th, 2015 by Miekko
Try having a language where objects are 'the person or entity that loses the most or benefits the least from the action'. A person who derives clear benefits from an action cannot be marked as an object, but must be an indirect object. A thing that is altered in a positive way by an action is also some kind of indirect object.


March 24th, 2015 by Bad conlanging ideas

Consonants are written on one side of the paper, vowels on the other.


March 24th, 2015 by Bad conlanging ideas

The writing system only indicates prosody, not consonants or vowels.


March 24th, 2015 by Bad conlanging ideas

A passive aggressive conlang where the angrier you get, the more polite inflections you add to your words. Soon you will be buried under polite inflections and affixes on every word.


March 24th, 2015 by Bad conlanging ideas

A conlang where the backing of vowels indicates distaste for what you are talking about, while fronting them indicates enjoyment of the subject. Pair either with the wrong tone of voice for sarcasm.

circle is pyrku (revisited)

March 23rd, 2015 by Mariska
pyrku = circle (shape) (noun) (some things Google found for "pyrku": a rare term; user names; a very rare last name; Bad OCR of old text documents; word I can't translate on some Polish language webpages; similar Pyrke and Pyrko are unusual last names; similar Pyrki is the name of a place in far eastern Russia)

Word derivation for "circle":
Basque = zirkulu, Finnish = ympyrä
Miresua = pyrku

I'm redoing this word. My previous word for circle was zumyrä, which was an alphabetic scramble, plus it ended in Ä. I'm trying to reduce the number of nouns ending in A or Ä. Under my rules, it's allowable to make the Miresua word one letter shorter than the shortest source word. In this case, that's one letter shorter than the Finnish word, which is a six letter word.

The y in Miresua is pronounced as in Finnish, as u in French or ü in German.

There is only one occurrence of the word circle in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, in Chapter 3 - A Caucus-Race and a Long Tale.
First it marked out a race-course, in a sort of circle, ("the exact shape doesn't matter," it said,) and then all the party were placed along the course, here and there.