Lexember 2020: Coming to the End

Day 23 Kño /kɲõ/, package.Gnabikño /gnɑ.bi.ˈkɲõ/, warehouse district.Kñoäi /kɲõ.ha͜ɪ/, to pack. This becomes to send if the object takes the -ös suffix. Il ịmlatyas mes Tærin ademlzabe il kño åku.Your (pl.) packages are in [the Goddess] Tærin’s hands now. The verb to be is conjugated informally with the ade instead of glabde stem, with the mlza plural third person subject and the immediate present marker -be…

Lexember 2020: Week 3

Day 16 Välit /vɑ̤.ˈlit/, 1. to focus; 2. to carve; 3. to sharpen.Elt /ɛlt/, repetitive.Ënselt /ɛ̝̤n.ˈsɛlt/, monotonous. Il loft välssarri kolbhe.I [will/expect to] sharpen the knives tomorrow. Diphya ovälzabeneu?Why can’t you all focus right now? I tæsonas lịrelt välssa omnivæk.I focus best with repetitive music. Day 17 Vögnar /vo̤g.ˈnɑɾ/, climate.  From xovö, air, and nar, life, with the compound link -g-.Vögnaradrak /vo̤g.ˈnɑɾ.ɑd.ˌɾɑk/, thermostat. I ümi bæk agla ku vögnar Narahjịkmu.The Great Canyons’ climate prohibits much…

Lexember 2020: Week 2

Day 8 Kabsi /kɑb.ˈsi/, to light. Irregular root kazi /kɑ.ˈzi/Osnet /os.ˈnɛt/, destruction. K’ibånibhe kazisus.We (excl.) lit the oil lamp. Kazi æ kaz nakyæla Sabahjen — bhet i besun æ i kaza, i osnet æ k’ega.The Sabaji Tveshi confuse [the words] to light [kazi] and wet [kaz] — thus fire and water, destruction and birth. Day 9 Ịbsje /ɪb.ˈʝɛ/ 1. An arduous task. 2. A task that someone doesn’t want…

Lexember 2020: Week 1

This Lexember, I decided to work on Narahji because I felt like it was neglected. Here’s what I’ve been adding to my lexicon. Day 1 Tson /t͡so͜ʊn/, artwork. Hjutson /ʝu.ˈt͡so͜ʊn/, the study of art, art theory, art critique. Tsodzo /t͡so.ˈd͡zo͜ʊ/, mass entertainment, art for pleasure, often derogatory. Oëmatsa /o.e̤.mɑ.ˈtsɑ/, a word to describe art that…

Lexember 2019: December 25-31

December 25 Heneån /ˈhɛ.nə͡ɔn/, n. Class D. Dampener, as in something that reduces noise. Plural heneåmua. Heneåni, dampened. Aheneånit, to dampen, to reduce noisiness. Heneånịfua, earplugs. Ịf /ɪf/, n. Class N. Ear. Mė nihata miha ćofi hėa vo mėis shassåham heneånịfua.I had no mental clarity and wanted earplugs. Ịfua mėi sėin rer gianit shitarasuo.My ears rang due to the loud noise/clash. December 26…

Lexember 2019: December 16-24

December 16 Today’s word showcases some stuff I talked about back in 2017 — namely, that the articles in Tveshi occasionally signify the difference between a general concept and a specific concept. In the opposite sense, something specific can become a general concept by adding the prefix si-, which is evident from many of the…

Lexember 2019: December 8-15

December 8 Sau /sa͡ʊ/, n. Class D.  Journey. Sauyi /ˈsa͡ʊ.ji/, relating to journeys. Asauyit /ʌ.ˈsa͡ʊ.jit̪/, to travel. Iasau, pilgrimage. Nusauyi, culturally astute, well-traveled. Nusaukouri, someone who has made traveling a profession. Enasau, religious procession. Sauyåssị, any god to whom one prays for journey-related reasons. Saukhia, light-distance, or the journey light takes from one place to another. Efịsau, hotel, hostel, or other room where a journeyer stays. Fågoim sauyi, a traveling teacher, typically a religious officiant or…

Lexember 2019: December 1-7

It is once again Lexember, the time of year when conlangers work on our lexicons. Looking Back Last year, I wrote a language called Eamaru/Eamarubhe from scratch to support a creative writing project called Ossia, a story about the daughter of Salus Niksubvya who is solving the puzzle of who lived in the ancient ruins…

#Lexember: Kinship, Gender, Society

This is the final leg of #Lexember! If you’ve been following my account @eamarubhe, you may be interested in following me @kayeboesme, which is active more often. I think @eamarubhe may transform into an account related to the fiction monologue podcast I am hard at work on. My development of Eamaru is related to the…

#Lexember in the fatiguing darkness of winter

This week, how dark it is outside really hit me. The library where I work is in a basement, and the window in the pit courtyard has been taken away due to a construction site. We won’t get it back until at least midsummer. At this time of the year given that windowless existence, the…