Lexember 20

Lexember 20

Welcome to the Lexember Challenge!

Every year, conlangers can take the opportunity for the month of December to challenge ourselves to add a new word to our conlang’s lexicon.

What word have you coined today? Any cultural or associated worldbuilding notes? Tell us about your inspiration!


9 thoughts on “Lexember 20

  1. So I’ve been laid up sick and am behind, but to make up for it, a few Chulotti words:

    1. bokes • [ ‘bok.əs ], [ ‘bok.ɪs ] • particle., yes (in response to a negative question); compare a’kcht, used in response to a positive question
    2. sasi • [ ‘sɑ.si ] • n. daughter of one’s shield arm or dainyi
    3. mase, -i • [ ‘mɑ:.sə ] • adj., n. female adopted protegee, one being trained as heir despite not being a blood-born relative; legally treated as family, but socially and for marital purposes considered still a member of one’s own birth family
    4. amasau’ta • [ ɑm.ə.’saʊʔ.tə ] • n. adopted mother/trainer/mentor one is trained as heir to where there is no blood relation; considered a family and parental figure but in addition to the trainee’s birth family and parents
    1. I really like the first one. Persian also does the same where a different word for “yes” is used in response to a negative question. Interestingly, that word is also the question word for “why.”

      1. Thanks! I do think that’s interesting… Hm. I was inspired by our own old “yea / yes” and “nay / no” in English to be honest, and all the different ways of saying yes in Japanese.

  2. I missed yesterday, so I’ll do two words today:

    kate, head

    not, bug, insect (especially a flying one)

    I can now also derive a word meaning “headache”: katepitta, to suffer from a headache (patientive-intransitive). I’m not sure if there’ll be a noun like the English one, yet.

    But, in any case, gůkatepittadeskti denimtifdi, (I have a very bad headache (lit. “I head-hurt with very bad”)) so that’ll be it for conlanging for me for now.


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