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…

The Waterfall Commune

This is a short story — 6,200 words — about a group of young adults in their 20s who decide to go against tradition and get a house together. It is set in Tveshė, the place where Tveshi is the national language — the story takes place in West Shija, so Shiji (Mafediji) is spoken….

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…

When a Librarian Writes Conlangs

I saw a question on Twitter that was posted on Metafilter about words for librarian in “geek languages,” which was retweeted with a #conlang hashtag. Right now, I’m not sure if the original poster intended this to be mentioned in the conlang communities. I mean, there are popular geek conlangs, and then there is the…

Lexember #22-31: Fried pastries, counting mass nouns is hard, and yes, there’s a word for the darkness of space

I have a lot of lexember stuff below, most of it from Twitter. Since I have more than 280 characters here, I’ve significantly expanded some chunks, such as December 24th’s entry, where I describe how more complicated types of counting work in Tveshi (e.g., how you say you have three bowls of soup instead of…

Happy Winter Solstice! (… and Lexember #17-21)

First off, Happy Winter Solstice to everyone! ☀️🌃 In Tveshi, that would be Keshehio Oinnuporåsėo mesah! — You.DAT Winter Solstice.CAUS solidarity/hello/salutations. Indirect objects come before direct objects. In Narahji, Ku tsukgenahaitsi raerås domozmbe. A/the Winter Solstice memorable have.IMPERATIVE you.PL. Second, I published a poem in Eternal Haunted Summer called “What Remains in the Ruins.” There’s a lot of great…

Lexember Days #8-16: Teachers and Ancestors

Lexember has been going well, and one of its biggest benefits is that I’ve started rendering things in IPA. Going forward on my podcast, I think I will actually just render Tveshi and Narahji words in IPA for my script version — it’ll be a lot easier to minimize my American vowel accent that way. This…

Lexember Days #4-7: Yes, Tveshi was my first conlang.

I only have one LaTeX page of my incredibly poor late-teens-early-twenties dictionary decision to go in the A section. Then, I can move on to the remainder of the alphabet. ‘Tis the Season Lexember has been nice because I’ve spent a lot of time building up derivative words and ensuring that semantic drift is elegant…