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Woooooooooooooooo! NaCoWriMo (see #Conlangers) entry complete AND submitted before December 1st! Go procrastination motivation!

A lot of people don't know what a Conlang is. It stands for "constructed language," and it's a great hobby of mine! This is a submission for a month-long challenge hosted by #Conlangers in my newest conlang.



Conlanger Jargon

Oh. My. God. This took forever. It looks simple, right? NO!
I made the orthography purposely convoluted. It's a type of an abugida, where each consonant is inherently followed by an "a," unless noted otherwise. I also made it so that some letters are used in special cases (the symbol for "s" is the same as the symbol for "z" when the word is s-final)....I made it confusing because I feel like having an alphabet for a language often makes the language drift away from it. :shrug: (ENGLISH IS A CASE LIKE THIS!)

And, on top of that, I transcribed the passage for THREE HOURS, and wanted a burnt effect. All went well until it went up in flames.
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What does it say? ]


Íŋ xeorís tsalu mi ghutsu. Loimezís yem mi ghutsu? Vimezís tsalu la mi vraemla slaxlavrana seŋwinvra? Tsuvuzís tsalu mi xaghutsu su yem xeorís lĩ loimezís tsalu? ghalu.
Aŋiŋ ŋuoxuzís vrala la mi ghavrasemla tsalu la. Ghavras slayuvras yaza zamza.
Ralaŋís mi ghutsu. Oxuzís tsalu zĩs ghutsumĩs su yalxotso mi vraxazlem urxazl. Theyalweru memem me seŋghu slaghughi eoa gho vrala tsalu la me Xawayen uras yalme esme gho vrala tsalu la yalme Eŋlísavra Yurmanavraghi.
Íŋ tsenemís weruzís tsalu mi loghutsu, tsalu oxuzís zĩs vraxazlĩs. Lo veŋlo. Gho vrala tsalu la viyalxeo yalme Yurmanavra Eŋlísavraghi zuvuvra? Viyaltha gho yem vraxazlĩs yalme Eŋlísvra Tsayínizivrana ĩs. Tsalu oxuzís mi yem ghumeyem. Gho ĩs vraxazlĩs yalghume mi Eŋlísvra. Ghu azuzís tsalu do!
Íŋ mozatazís tsunumís tsalu. Yazazís mi ĩgh tsalu su tsalu nuvĩzís. Viŋumís oxuzís mi xazli tsuvumzli? Mi vrala tsalu la eotseozís.
Íŋ tsenemís tsalu.


But what does it translate into?! Well, I wrote a passage about "how to make a language". :D :D

How to Create a Language
Oxavioxuzas mi vrasem tsalu?
First, you need to decide on what sounds you like. Do you want your language to flow? Do you like harsh-sounding languages like German? Listen to some sound clips to see what you prefer.

Íŋ xeorís tsalu mi ghutsu. Loimezís yem mi ghutsu? Vimezís tsalu la mi vraemla slaxlavrana seŋwinvra? Tsuvuzís tsalu mi xaghutsu su yem xeorís lĩ loimezís tsalu? ghalu.

at once examine-pn. you obj.-sounds. Which-like-pn. (you) obj.sounds? Interr.-like-pn. you gen. obj.-language.-sing.-gen. calm-adj.-or rasp-adj.? Listen-pn. you obj.-dim.-sound and (you) examine-pn. < which-like-pn. you? >-adj.

Second, you need to create a document to house your
conlang. Digital documents are easier to keep track of.

Aŋiŋ ŋuoxuzís vrala la mi ghavrasemla tsalu la. Ghavras slayuvras yaza zamza.

next obl.-create-pn. language-gen. gen. obj.-written record-sing.-gen. you gen. Documents electric-adj. find easy-adv.

Write down your sounds! Develop phonological rules to govern syllables. Having a consonant-vowel syllable structure will make your language like Hawaiian. Having a more complex one will make it more similar to English or German.

Ralaŋís mi ghutsu. Oxuzís tsalu zĩs ghutsumĩs su yalxotso mi vraxazlem urxazl. Theyalweru memem me seŋghu slaghughi eoa gho vrala tsalu la me Xawayen uras yalme esme gho vrala tsalu la yalme Eŋlísavra Yurmanavraghi.

write-pn. obj. sounds. create-pn. you obj. rules sound-adj. (phonological rules) and i.o.-control obj. word stop-adj. (syllable). if-i.o.-use pattern-sing. resemble consonant vowel-and. then subj.-language-gen. you gen. resemble Hawaiian but resembles complex-adj. subj.-language-gen. you gen. resemble English German-and.

After you know what sounds to use, you need to determine some grammar. Here is the hard part! Does your language mark its nouns like German or Old English? Perhaps it relies only on syntax for meaning, like English or Chinese. You can get creative. Do you use suffixes, prefixes, or particles? Be sure to try and make it unique. Word order might be different from English’s. Don’t just copy!

Íŋ tsenemís weruzís tsalu mi loghutsu, tsalu oxuzís zĩs vraxazlĩs. Lo veŋlo. Gho vrala tsalu la viyalxeo yalme Yurmanavra Eŋlísavraghi zuvuvra? Viyaltha gho yem vraxazlĩs yalme Eŋlísvra Tsayínizivrana ĩs. Tsalu oxuzís mi yem ghumeyem. Gho ĩs vraxazlĩs yalghume mi Eŋlísvra. Ghu azuzís tsalu do!

next know-pn. use-pn. you obj.-sounds, you create-pn. obj.-rules. word-adj. this difficult.-adj. subj. language-gen. you gen. interr.-io.-decline words io.-like German-lang. English-lang.-and old-adj.? interr.-io.-rely subj. (language) words-adj. io.-resemble English Chinese-or. rules. You make-pn. obj. (language) different-adj. Subj. rules word-adj. io.-disimilar to obj.-English. Neg. steal-pn. you exclamatory!

After you have that, you are ready to start translating. You will naturally find problems that you can correct. Create passages to translate, if you like. Just develop it as much as possible!

That’s how to do it.

Íŋ mozatazís tsunumís tsalu. Yazazís mi ĩgh tsalu su tsalu nuvĩzís. Viŋumís oxuzís mi xazli tsuvumzli? Mi vraemla tsalu la eotseozís.

Íŋ tsenemís tsalu.


next be able to-pn. translate-pn. you. Find-pn. obj. problems you and you fix-pn. Interr.-want-pn. obj. paragraphs translate-adj.? Obj language-gen. you gen. develop-pn.

now know-pn. you.



I guarantee that I either: a) messed up the writing; or b) translated something wrong. This has helped because I have had to iron out kinks and develop new patterns. Um....


I promise, I will upload a sound byte of myself reading it tomorrow or the day after.....



Questions?! YAY! I'M DONE!
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:iconforester10:
forester10 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Coodos to sang! I love the burnt paper makes it seem sacred :-)
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chashio Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow. That is confusing, but, I think mostly because I'm used to English. I'll have to study it further.
I got as far as creating a phonetic alphabet, last April, based off of shorthand and cursive, designed for quick writing and use as a computer font... which I've yet to fashion. It took about a month of daily journal entries to become fluent enough by hand before I dropped it. The journal, that is.
But this is impressive. And a pretty script. I will have to come back to it.
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maycelestia Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely fantastic! The effort you put into creating the passage, then writing it so delicately, and then going the extra distance and presenting it in such a way... it is inspirational for any conlanger I am sure. The gloss you provide is very interesting to read over, and both the orthography and transliteration are so pleasant while also having lots of character. Of course in any such case there will be some mistake like you said, but the time and effort you spent is surely to be admired :D There is always room to improve but this sort of creativity is what makes conlanging so fun and unique, not just having an original or regular or whatever conlang.
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SanguineEpitaph Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thank you so much! :aww: Your feedback means a lot, especially since conlanging is an esoteric thing. Thanks for your awesome words of encouragement! :aww:

If you're interested, you can join in more discussion over at [link] or you can jump into our Langcons! :heart:
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maycelestia Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome. :aww: Ooh, I like the conlanging forum, I'll try to keep up with it~~ (I always fall behind on forums except for the Zompist bulletin board... so bad) Thanks for the link!
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SanguineEpitaph Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!
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speria Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GOD YOUR SUBJECT FOR NACOWRIMO. I LITERALLY LAUGHED WHEN I SAW WHAT YOU HAD WRITTEN. :'D

Also, your new conlang seems to flow very very well. I can definitely get around how it flows now in my head. Very well done! :la:
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SanguineEpitaph Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha! Yay! I coaxed a laugh! :giggle:

Thank you. I'm glad it seems to flow. Just wait until I upload a sound byte. XD
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speria Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, a sound bite! >:D I'm excited now~
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fly1ngskyh1gh Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
I like it!!! I don't have time right now to read it >.> Since I'm in class XD but anways I'll read all the other stuff later but the actual picture stuff thingy whatever is awesome!!!!!!!!!!! :D
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SanguineEpitaph Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconimhappyplz:
Thanks!!
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fly1ngskyh1gh Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Mhmm!!!!
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keyanadrake Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Writer
:3 I like how it looks. Very pretty script.
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SanguineEpitaph Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I was fighting with myself in trying to make a script that suited the language. >.<
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keyanadrake Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional Writer
:)
Well, I think it's pretty. :3 I know that's not a very technical view but ah well :giggle:. It looks like an actual language that could be "real".. if that makes sense.. um... authenticity.. that's the word that works it has some authenticity. :)
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SanguineEpitaph Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, thank you very much! I like authenticity. :D
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keyanadrake Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional Writer
:D Sweet. :3
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flareblitz Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
"All went well until it went up in flames" -- XDD Nice pun (?)!

The conlang looks really complicated... O: It's awesome!
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SanguineEpitaph Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! :shrug: It might be complicated, but it's also tremendously flawed. :noes:
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flareblitz Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahaha, it will improve! :>>

*Cheerleading*
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SanguineEpitaph Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle: :iconcheerplz:
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flareblitz Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
XDDD
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darkmeridian13 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
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YAAAAY, FIRE AND LANGUAGES I CAN'T UNDERSTAND!!
Good job, Chibs!
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SanguineEpitaph Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconfatlaplz:
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darkmeridian13 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
:lmao:
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