Lexember 1, 2020

Lexember 1, 2020

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!


3 thoughts on “Lexember 1, 2020

  1. I’m doing words for Lǣš-enne for this year’s Lexember, but I also have some general conlang dev goals for both Lǣš-enne, Orklang and my newest toy which is a Star Trek conlang. I have a goal per week per lang basically and will probably be working on those on my Wednesday streams on Twitch.

    My day one word is: Memenje (memeɲe) meaning “flower”

    Example sentence: “eso memenjenjo i-ælaw” (those flowers are blue).

    ALSO I decided to post my Lexember words on TikTok so check out my username e_is_for_emma there if you wanna hear me pronounce stuff.

  2. I wasn’t sure what language to do for this Lexember, so I decided that rather than commit to one immediately I’ll just roll a die to decide which to do today, and the die selected… Jafren, the musical language of the mountain-folk!

    So Jafren’s new word for today is: [cDG], ‘stone, rock, earth’. Seems like an important word to have if you live underground. Semantically it covers everything in the ground that is solid enough to tunnel through (so not loose dirt or broken stone).

    Jafren is notated using the ABC format in C major pentatonic, but the key actually doesn’t matter, all pitches are relative, so it can be transposed. I have done some research, and it seems that in ABC notation, middle C is written C, which is different from how it is written in Helmholtz notation, c′ (c’ in ABC is two octaves higher, which confused me while I was trying to demo it for myself). However, when I was actually listening to how it sounded on a wind instrument I liked it better one octave lower than that, so I may include a note to say that everything should be lowered by about one octave in my documentation.

    I still don’t have a good system set up to actually listen to these words though. For this one I had to fiddle around with a virtual keyboard for five minutes trying to get used to the keyboard bindings. All in all, a rather slow and cumbersome start to Lexember this year, but things should smooth out in the coming days.


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