Archive for October, 2009

New Book Added to Sci-Fi

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

I came across a new “old” book recently and have added it’s Google Books page to the Sci-Fi section of TCL. The book is by Frederick Spencer Oliver and was published originally in 1894. The Atlantean or Poseid language is featured in it. For more details:

Frederick Spencer Oliver
A Dweller on Two Planets or, The Dividing of the Way
[Atlantean or Poseid language]
This novel, first published in 1894, purports to be the biography of the author’s past live as an Atlantean names Phylos.


Friday, October 16th, 2009
I posted this as a Facebook status:

Eki kyudit ya hoan sanzonaz wera, cora, wa moci.
3rd-pl-go change-toward the leaves trees-gen yellow, red, and brown.
(The leaves of the trees are turning yellow, red, and brown.)

I was really unsure where to put the colors in the sentence because it felt a little weird to have the subject between the change-to verb and the things that are being changed to. 'Change' (to, from, or unspecified) is a motion verb in Nevashi, so I will have to meditate on exactly how it works with the "destination" part, and whether or not that part works differently depending on whether or not it is a noun or an adjective.

The vocabulary file is up to 297 entries. A lot of those words are related to one another, though. I am looking forward to generating a lot more useful words soon. (More in both quantity and quality.)

I made a few changes to the vocabulary file as well, adjusting the meaning of some words, and replacing 'fiosfis' with 'fiosa', still allowing 'fiosfis' as an alternate choice, along with a few other possibilities. (Fiosa, "house")

I will likely be posting the grammar as a web page soon. I just haven't decided where I will have it hosted and how I will present it. Most likely it will look just like the current document with a few changes and editing. I have more things to add to the grammar yet, but it is coming along a little at a time.

I have been working on yet another project, but it's not ready for public viewing of any sort yet. I guess I am experimenting with method at this point. This other project ('Ezedani' or 'Ezedan') is not as interesting as Teliya Nevashi, in terms of features, so far, but it has a different purpose, and I've learned a little bit about faster development through consistent use already. There's just not a lot of 'there' there yet. (That last sentence made me smile.)

New Movie Added to TCL

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

From some recent posts on CONLANG-L and the LCS, a new movie with a conlang in it has surfaced and been posted at Films:

Youth Without Youth
Youth Without Youth
starring Tim Roth, directed by Francis Ford Coppola
[unnamed artificial language]
This film was based on the book by Mircea Eliade. To get more information about the artificial language (created by Dr. David Shulman) check out the official site under the “Languages” section of The Production.

‘To play’ in Âdlantki

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

I don’t know if it’s a function of free time, lack of attention span, or old age, but I’m finding it takes me disproportionate amounts of time to create words these days.  Of course my a posteriori conlanging methods are at the best of times somewhat haphazard. The process of determining:

šožvi, šož, žeki v. intrans. play

—took an hour. The first step, which I’ve found myself taking more often lately, is to pull out my Sanskrit-French dictionary file (Huet’s) for a suitable root; after that, I hunted, for some reason, for a correspondent to the root in my copy of IEED‘s Pokorny, failing; then ended up picking an entirely different root that appealed to me instead.

With a characteristically Kirumb stem formation applied to it, I got pseudo-PIE *gnd-, underlying Kirumb šojóm, and from there on to Âdlantki šožvi.

And then I discovered I don’t really have my Âdlantki verb laid out, so I couldn’t really do anything with it. It’s possible that the form I was deriving for would be (?)žeÅ‹t (off the stative stem) but I’m not entirely certain.

Contrast this with my a priori languages which are more along the lines of ‘push a button to generate a few roots… choose the best’ and it’s no wonder these languages have been languishing.  I’ll have to come up with a better workflow.