The Dailies. July 28

The Dailies. July 28

Did you work on your language today? Create any new rules of grammar or syntax? New progress on a script? New words in your lexicon?

On the other hand, do any excavating or reading or enjoying stuff you’ve already created? Do you have any favorites to share?

How did you conlang today?


5 thoughts on “The Dailies. July 28

  1. New word:

    iehofen • [ ie.ʎ̥˔o.fɛn ] • orphaned or homeless children that live in the streets — noun. From ehofe, waste.

    Also, I’m pleased to now know that iehi, the word for “no” comes from the root eh, and the leading or final i is always a person indicator situation due to difference in parts of speech and grammatical usage. This is good.

    Though I find it hilarious that eh is no and he is truth or truly.

    ETA: Also updated this page with my newfound figurings re: polarity words and the copula:

    I’m finding it particularly interesting that word final -n is such a common nominalizer and yet, I can’t figure out yet the unwritten rules of which nominalizer appears when. I just know I never have the slightest doubt of which one feels right for a given word/meaning. Also the huge amount of language drift on relative affix word derivations means it’s probably a lot older than several other affixes that always mean what they mean. The zero-copula method of “it is (adjective)” being used before the copula introduced itself into those expressions in Modern Akachenti somewhere along the way. There’s no way this da:si, iehi type construction isn’t basically using person indicators to say it is (adjective) and omit the copula, but I have no idea why sometimes a copula is called for, and sometimes this adjectival thing happens instead. It could be stylistic, but it’s definitely interesting.

    1. What an interesting derivation for homeless. I find it interesting that you admit you do not know the rule regarding the nominalizer, but you do know that it works and when it works. Many native English speakers have the same innate understanding of how multiple adjectives are ordered if they all modify the same noun. It’s really cool to see your progress. I will check out your page.

      On a side note, iehofen is a cool-looking word, but how do you pronounce [ʎ̥]?

      1. Well, it definitely said a lot to me about the culture that calls their street children trash for all intents and purposes.


        Those innate rules from English can be a pain! I always have to be careful before I decide t-glottalization is actually a thing in my conlangs because it’s so ingrained for my natural pronunciation, it could just be my “accent”.

        Basically, it’s a more heavily fricated h sound made between the dome of the tongue and the back of the palate, due to the positioning of the adjacent vowels. If it hadn’t been followed by a back vowel, it would have been made against the front of the palate, resulting in central airflow, ç.

        But it’s basically just h.

        ETA: It’s also notated devoiced but could be breathy voiced. Hard for me to tell sometimes.

  2. Another day, another batch of words to my dictionary file. I’m working on it slow, mostly because I’m busy. Fun to see it growing though! 62 words, now! 

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