I am back to working on my languages and this site. Yay! For now, I am going to leave the word lists up here at the top. I hope to be adding to those soon. That is my secondary objective, after getting descriptions of my latest projects online.
In the Jaaje blog, I'll be posting a major revision of the grammar already presented and some new stuff.
Thursday, 15 September 2005
The language has a name! Jaaje!
I have started a little blog here to post details of my languages in. Today, I posted the phonology in more detail, including changes that I've made in the last couple days, and also a few vocabulary items. The blog is at http://www.angelfire.com/de/siidmak/jaaje/
Tuesday, 13 September 2005
I've done more than my fair share of project hopping in the last couple of years. I haven't been really happy with the way my work has turned out, and I have had a hard time organizing my efforts. The organizational problems have been very frustrating, and may have caused me to abandon some of my languages prematurely. I hope that my latest attempt will yield better results. I plan on putting this language on the web as it develops, which will help me keep it organized, I hope.
So, let's get started! Expect this to be a very, very informal description. My intended audience includes some of my non-conlanger Net friends, and I want to make this as accessible as possible to them, first and foremost. I will be writing a more formal grammar in MS-Word as I go along, so I may make that available for download at some point as well.
This language, yet unnamed, has no fictional culture attached to it. It is not meant to serve as an international auxiliary language. It is strictly for my own pleasure. Any cultural elements or artifacts that grow around it will be in that spirit as well-- imagined around the language for my own amusement. This is a personal artlang, in other words.
I am not very interested in phonetics and phonology, so this is going to be quick and dirty:
The vowels of this language are "as in Spanish", minus 'o'-- a, e, i, and u. (That's an annoying description, for some people, but the people who know me know what I am getting at, and that's all I care about.) The consonants are pronounced much as an English speaker would expect from looking at the letters-- b, d, f, j (dZ -- 'j' as in 'judge'), k, l, m, n, p, s, t, v, y, z. Additionally, 'c' is like 'ch' (tS), and 'g' is always 'hard g' (as in 'girl'). There's an additional unwritten consonant, a glottal stop, that occurs only between identical vowel, for instance, in a word like 'mii', between the i's. That's the catch between the uh and the oh in uh-oh. All syllables are either V or CV.
To sum up my plans at this point, this will probably be a somewhat polysynthetic, agglutinative language. Most verb marking will be prefixes. Most noun marking will be suffixes. It will be a head-marking language. VSO is my favorite word order, so that's what I plan on going with. My second choice would be OSV.
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