Archive for June, 2011

zumotata kalos

Monday, June 27th, 2011
     Zumotata kalos is the making of food which is used to refer to agriculture or growing food. Zumo is to build/make/create and as has been said before kala is food.
     The Okoda mainly originated in the rainforest and their agriculture reflects that. They used the anamini for the manual labor that they could not do themselves, but they did not fully domesticate the anamini as they would not survive without the nest and could not be domesticated in the nest. Because of this, the farming Okoda families generally build homes near anamini nests. When the anamini run out of food in the area they migrate to a new location and the family follows them; this makes for a very good shifting agriculture which is necessary in the rainforest.
     The Okoda do not domesticate animals for another reason too. By their religion the Okoda believe that they are not to eat diurnal (live by day) herbivores as was explained in the last post, and the domestication of carnivores is entirely inefficient, so the Okoda hunt for all of their meat which is always carnivores or nocturnal herbivores, and they hunt not only to feed themselves, but to protect the moon spirits.
     As the Okoda expanded they followed the anamini into the savannas. The Okoda were very dependent on the Okoda back in the forest for food at first, but began to switch roles with the anamini and followed their lead for food instead of feeding them as they had done before to keep them around longer.

     The Okoda were originally very self sufficient, but as they started expanding their was more need for varied types of work. The other types of work were originally controlled by the growing government. Farming families would trade food to the government who would then give part of that to the people who did the work the farmers wanted. The food the government kept would then be used to pay the other workers for work they did for each other or to support them when they had no work.

     I have done more work with my map and now you can see where the Okoda live and the two nations who share the continent with them.
 This map shows the territories as well as the rivers, the mountains, and the climate.
This map shows the territories along with the mountains and the rivers, but does not show the climate to make it easier to see the countries. The red country is the Ulan Potsa. (Sorry it's not very visible.)
This map shows winds in black and currents in orange (for warm) and white (for cold) and the rivers and mountains and also has the climates which are easier to see in this picture.

Second sentence translation of "The Creation of Humans, Herbivores, and Carnivores":
Two - Lived   also  beings   sun  and moon and lonely-moon on, but were  they spirits.
Zor - Dolatase riz  odolati* zanad ko serad  ko      ikuzad      te   ta teduse ogor odoni.

*The beings on Dunta most often have three sexes (including the Okoda). One of these three sexes is seen as the best and the spirits are believed to be this sex. The gender in language that is used to represent the sex is the -i declension. That is why the ending was switched from -a to -i (see below for the definition).

NEW WORDS:
zumo - V. to build/make/create
zana - N. sun
doni - N. spirit (from light: dona)
dona - N. light
dolata - N. being
ta - Conj. but
sera - N. moon
riz - Adv./Conj. also
gor - Pron. he/she/it/they (It can be a pronoun for anything. It represents the last used subject. It can be declined using gor as the nom/acc)
ikuza - N. lonely moon (from alone: iku)

Phonetic Thought:
     I'm probably not the first to think of this, but r and l are really very related to o (goat), u (rude), i (machine), e (grey). The thing that's special about these four letters is that they all have corresponding semi-vowels: o,u - w; i,e - y. They easiest way to find this relationship is to say the vowel and then a different one right after it (i.e. io, eo, ui, oi); the semi-vowel will magically appear in between. That's all well and good, but aren't r and l consonants? What could they have to do with those four vowels? r and l both represent two sounds: the r in run and the l in like, and the r in fur and the l in full. Any person who has tried to make a language with r and l and a very strict vowel system will probably have found a troubling time when figuring out what vowel to put in front of these two sounds as it always sounds so different. That's because it becomes a diphthong; r and l are vowels in fur and full. In run and like they are semi-vowels which can be found the same way as y and w (uri, uli).
     It seems interesting that languages would still think of r and l as pure consonants in writing even though it is fairly obvious that they are not.
     My knowledge of language is very limited by the romance languages; if anyone knows of a language, or has made a language that gives these two letters their full credit please tell me about it, I would love to know.

zumotata kalos

Monday, June 27th, 2011
     Zumotata kalos is the making of food which is used to refer to agriculture or growing food. Zumo is to build/make/create and as has been said before kala is food.
     The Okoda mainly originated in the rainforest and their agriculture reflects that. They used the anamini for the manual labor that they could not do themselves, but they did not fully domesticate the anamini as they would not survive without the nest and could not be domesticated in the nest. Because of this, the farming Okoda families generally build homes near anamini nests. When the anamini run out of food in the area they migrate to a new location and the family follows them; this makes for a very good shifting agriculture which is necessary in the rainforest.
     The Okoda do not domesticate animals for another reason too. By their religion the Okoda believe that they are not to eat diurnal (live by day) herbivores as was explained in the last post, and the domestication of carnivores is entirely inefficient, so the Okoda hunt for all of their meat which is always carnivores or nocturnal herbivores, and they hunt not only to feed themselves, but to protect the moon spirits.
     As the Okoda expanded they followed the anamini into the savannas. The Okoda were very dependent on the Okoda back in the forest for food at first, but began to switch roles with the anamini and followed their lead for food instead of feeding them as they had done before to keep them around longer.

     The Okoda were originally very self sufficient, but as they started expanding their was more need for varied types of work. The other types of work were originally controlled by the growing government. Farming families would trade food to the government who would then give part of that to the people who did the work the farmers wanted. The food the government kept would then be used to pay the other workers for work they did for each other or to support them when they had no work.

     I have done more work with my map and now you can see where the Okoda live and the two nations who share the continent with them.
 This map shows the territories as well as the rivers, the mountains, and the climate.
This map shows the territories along with the mountains and the rivers, but does not show the climate to make it easier to see the countries. The red country is the Ulan Potsa. (Sorry it's not very visible.)
This map shows winds in black and currents in orange (for warm) and white (for cold) and the rivers and mountains and also has the climates which are easier to see in this picture.

Second sentence translation of "The Creation of Humans, Herbivores, and Carnivores":
Two - Lived   also  beings   sun  and moon and lonely-moon on, but were  they spirits.
Zor - Dolatase riz  odolati* zanad ko serad  ko      ikuzad      te   ta teduse ogor odoni.

*The beings on Dunta most often have three sexes (including the Okoda). One of these three sexes is seen as the best and the spirits are believed to be this sex. The gender in language that is used to represent the sex is the -i declension. That is why the ending was switched from -a to -i (see below for the definition).

NEW WORDS:
zumo - V. to build/make/create
zana - N. sun
doni - N. spirit (from light: dona)
dona - N. light
dolata - N. being
ta - Conj. but
sera - N. moon
riz - Adv./Conj. also
gor - Pron. he/she/it/they (It can be a pronoun for anything. It represents the last used subject. It can be declined using gor as the nom/acc)
ikuza - N. lonely moon (from alone: iku)

Phonetic Thought:
     I'm probably not the first to think of this, but r and l are really very related to o (goat), u (rude), i (machine), e (grey). The thing that's special about these four letters is that they all have corresponding semi-vowels: o,u - w; i,e - y. They easiest way to find this relationship is to say the vowel and then a different one right after it (i.e. io, eo, ui, oi); the semi-vowel will magically appear in between. That's all well and good, but aren't r and l consonants? What could they have to do with those four vowels? r and l both represent two sounds: the r in run and the l in like, and the r in fur and the l in full. Any person who has tried to make a language with r and l and a very strict vowel system will probably have found a troubling time when figuring out what vowel to put in front of these two sounds as it always sounds so different. That's because it becomes a diphthong; r and l are vowels in fur and full. In run and like they are semi-vowels which can be found the same way as y and w (uri, uli).
     It seems interesting that languages would still think of r and l as pure consonants in writing even though it is fairly obvious that they are not.
     My knowledge of language is very limited by the romance languages; if anyone knows of a language, or has made a language that gives these two letters their full credit please tell me about it, I would love to know.

zumotata kalos

Monday, June 27th, 2011
     Zumotata kalos is the making of food which is used to refer to agriculture or growing food. Zumo is to build/make/create and as has been said before kala is food.
     The Okoda mainly originated in the rainforest and their agriculture reflects that. They used the anamini for the manual labor that they could not do themselves, but they did not fully domesticate the anamini as they would not survive without the nest and could not be domesticated in the nest. Because of this, the farming Okoda families generally build homes near anamini nests. When the anamini run out of food in the area they migrate to a new location and the family follows them; this makes for a very good shifting agriculture which is necessary in the rainforest.
     The Okoda do not domesticate animals for another reason too. By their religion the Okoda believe that they are not to eat diurnal (live by day) herbivores as was explained in the last post, and the domestication of carnivores is entirely inefficient, so the Okoda hunt for all of their meat which is always carnivores or nocturnal herbivores, and they hunt not only to feed themselves, but to protect the moon spirits.
     As the Okoda expanded they followed the anamini into the savannas. The Okoda were very dependent on the Okoda back in the forest for food at first, but began to switch roles with the anamini and followed their lead for food instead of feeding them as they had done before to keep them around longer.

     The Okoda were originally very self sufficient, but as they started expanding their was more need for varied types of work. The other types of work were originally controlled by the growing government. Farming families would trade food to the government who would then give part of that to the people who did the work the farmers wanted. The food the government kept would then be used to pay the other workers for work they did for each other or to support them when they had no work.

     I have done more work with my map and now you can see where the Okoda live and the two nations who share the continent with them.
 This map shows the territories as well as the rivers, the mountains, and the climate.
This map shows the territories along with the mountains and the rivers, but does not show the climate to make it easier to see the countries. The red country is the Ulan Potsa. (Sorry it's not very visible.)
This map shows winds in black and currents in orange (for warm) and white (for cold) and the rivers and mountains and also has the climates which are easier to see in this picture.

Second sentence translation of "The Creation of Humans, Herbivores, and Carnivores":
Two - Lived   also  beings   sun  and moon and lonely-moon on, but were  they spirits.
Zor - Dolatase riz  odolati* zanad ko serad  ko      ikuzad      te   ta teduse ogor odoni.

*The beings on Dunta most often have three sexes (including the Okoda). One of these three sexes is seen as the best and the spirits are believed to be this sex. The gender in language that is used to represent the sex is the -i declension. That is why the ending was switched from -a to -i (see below for the definition).

NEW WORDS:
zumo - V. to build/make/create
zana - N. sun
doni - N. spirit (from light: dona)
dona - N. light
dolata - N. being
ta - Conj. but
sera - N. moon
riz - Adv./Conj. also
gor - Pron. he/she/it/they (It can be a pronoun for anything. It represents the last used subject. It can be declined using gor as the nom/acc)
ikuza - N. lonely moon (from alone: iku)

Phonetic Thought:
     I'm probably not the first to think of this, but r and l are really very related to o (goat), u (rude), i (machine), e (grey). The thing that's special about these four letters is that they all have corresponding semi-vowels: o,u - w; i,e - y. They easiest way to find this relationship is to say the vowel and then a different one right after it (i.e. io, eo, ui, oi); the semi-vowel will magically appear in between. That's all well and good, but aren't r and l consonants? What could they have to do with those four vowels? r and l both represent two sounds: the r in run and the l in like, and the r in fur and the l in full. Any person who has tried to make a language with r and l and a very strict vowel system will probably have found a troubling time when figuring out what vowel to put in front of these two sounds as it always sounds so different. That's because it becomes a diphthong; r and l are vowels in fur and full. In run and like they are semi-vowels which can be found the same way as y and w (uri, uli).
     It seems interesting that languages would still think of r and l as pure consonants in writing even though it is fairly obvious that they are not.
     My knowledge of language is very limited by the romance languages; if anyone knows of a language, or has made a language that gives these two letters their full credit please tell me about it, I would love to know.

Kapo

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Glyph of the word 'kapo'.

kapo

  • (n.) mussel

Ka hava ei i kapo.
“I’ve eaten molluscs.”

Notes: They’re in one of my favorite Italian dishes: cioppino. It’s a kind of seafood soup that’s just out of this world (if done right, of course; one could have a poor bowl of cioppino).

Huh. How about that. I just linked to the Wikipedia article on cioppino, and so started to read it. Turns out it’s not Italian at all: It came from San Francisco! And not only that, it’s typically served in a wine sauce! I didn’t know that, either. I’m terribly allergic to wine (not the alcohol: something in the wine), and break out if eat anything in a wine sauce.

So…yeah. Dang. That’s not cool. Now I’ll have that to worry about when I go out to eat… :(

anrūna

Monday, June 27th, 2011

anruuna

anrūna

Since I mentioned the first phase of the moon yesterday, here is the word for the second phase. anrūna refers to the first sliver after a new moon. It is also the word used for anything that has come back into view after being obscured.

There are six phases of the moon in all. The third one covers the first quarter to a waxing crescent moon. The word for that is anmēλa, which also means “young“.

High Eolic word of the day: cundec

Monday, June 27th, 2011

cundec (adverb): at home, in one’s homeland.

carandur-tutú cuttús Vitrevis cundec
lake.GEN-many exist.IMPERF.NON1 Vitrian-SUBL in.homeland
“there are a lot of lakes in the Vitrian homelands” (literally “a lot of lakes exist among the Vitrians in [their] homelands”)

Conlangery #04: Getting Started

Monday, June 27th, 2011
It’s just George and Bianca this week, as Will ended up dealing with the spontaneous combustion of a server.  We do our best to stumble through some some recommendations for new conlangers and later take a look at an interesting little Germanic conlang. Links The Language Construction Kit The Zompist Bulletin Board The Conlanger Bulletin […]

Conlangery #04: Getting Started

Monday, June 27th, 2011
It’s just George and Bianca this week, as Will ended up dealing with the spontaneous combustion of a server.  We do our best to stumble through some some recommendations for new conlangers and later take a look at an interesting little Germanic conlang. Links The Language Construction Kit The Zompist Bulletin Board The Conlanger Bulletin […]

Conlangery #04: Getting Started

Monday, June 27th, 2011
It’s just George and Bianca this week, as Will ended up dealing with the spontaneous combustion of a server.  We do our best to stumble through some some recommendations for new conlangers and later take a look at an interesting little Germanic conlang. Links The Language Construction Kit The Zompist Bulletin Board The Conlanger Bulletin […]

Conlangery #04: Getting Started

Monday, June 27th, 2011
It’s just George and Bianca this week, as Will ended up dealing with the spontaneous combustion of a server.  We do our best to stumble through some some recommendations for new conlangers and later take a look at an interesting little Germanic conlang. Links The Language Construction Kit The Zompist Bulletin Board The Conlanger Bulletin […]