Lexember 2, 2019
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!2
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kedēge: Quidditch (literally ball-broom; confusingly, the English sport “broomball” translates as literally ball-ice).
Gepnoko mudēu kedēge vāg efdibin. Matthias plays Quidditch as a Keeper.
Does your conlang “live” in the real world? If so, whereabouts is it supposed to be used?
Not really. I wound up incorporating it into a broad RP world where it’s spoken on an archipelago off the coast of “my” hodgepodge other society. However, the goofy shared-lore of the world (NationStates.net) occasionally makes references to things like Harry Potter, so I figured they’d know about it in my conculture too. (If maybe only the Muggle Quidditch version.)
Ah, that makes sense!
Oh how fun!
I almost forgot it again XD But “thankfully” I had to stay up super late to do something else:
AFAHWEI (afaʍei) noun • house, hut, smaller building
So back to my old Akachenti stomping grounds apparently:
Oh, iari is such a pretty word!
It occurs to me that before making too many new words for DVSK, I will need to re-acquaint myself with the vocabulary and grammar so that I don’t coin a new root for something that can already be expressed. Since, after all, it’s meant to be a at least somewhat oligoisolating (which is why its own name takes four whole words) though there’s no hard limit on the number of roots like in some conlangs.
So instead today’s word is Firen, because I am still quite familiar with how Firen expresses things (although I can never seem to remember the collating order for it).
I’m always finding concepts that seem really obvious that I haven’t yet given words for in Firen, but the minimum number of words for basic fluency in a language like English is somewhere between one and three thousand, while my lexicon contains only about 320 nouns and 130 verbs, so I shouldn’t be surprised to keep running into obvious gaps. I don’t entirely expect to ever get past 1000 words in Firen before I declare it done and move on to another project.
Well, that was quite the diversion.
Had to google oligoisolating so there’s my TIL for the day. 🙂
Good word, could it also be something like a walled-in garden or does it necessitate a roof? Just curious cuz of the enclosed space definition.
A roof is necessary for the primary use of the word, at least. Courtyards or internal gardens would be different words. It would cover a space with partially natural and partially constructed walls, like the interior of a shack built against a cliff, though.
The reason for that latter part of the definition is because I intended to derive words like “theater” or “auditorium” (which may not have completely enclosed designs, although note that the region this language originates from has a rainy, subtropical climate, so they would be covered, if not properly roofed, in most cases) and possibly “great hall” from kommo later so I didn’t want to restrict it to just normal-sized rooms.