Lexember 6, 2020

Lexember 6, 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 6, 2020

  1. Day 6 word: Ižim “root”. No example sentence because I can’t think of one but it’s on the Swadesh and Leipzig-Jakarta lists and I’m trying to have all the words from those lists in Läsh-enne so here we are 😛

  2. Today Xanz gets its first root from me this Lexember. It’s a collaborative language that is Sajem Tan-adjacent, which has triconsonantal roots inspired by Hebrew. It’s currently at a pretty rudimentary stage of development, and it took me about 5 hours to figure out all the details of how it works as my collaborator’s notes were pretty vague, especially as I know next to nothing about triconsonantal roots. And When I say “figure out all the details”, I mean “write a datafile for WordGen”, which you can look at on this page: https://files.fileswhatever.net/WordGen.php. (Just set the datafile to ‘Xanz’ and choose an appropriate root node from the list in the table below.)

    Anyway, the word is:

    z_b_k, to flow, (to be like) water
    Derived forms:

    • with _á__(e) agentive noun: zamk [ʤãmk] “river”
    • with _e_y_ patient noun: zemyk [ʤɛbɨk] “water (especially freshwater)”
    • with _u_í_ active voice: zubík [ʤubĩk] “to flow”
    • with _a_i_ stative verb: zamik [ʤabik] “to wander, to have no fixed home, to take the easiest path”

    There are only 5 vowel patterns so far (the one I didn’t use is the habitual/repetitive verb pattern) so I was pretty limited in what words I could derive from this root. This root is a bit broader than the other ones my collaborator has coined so far, but I think that it fits in well and makes sense.

    1. Love the sound of these! My BA in Arabic and I would also like to express our appreciation for someone doing a root-based conlang. I need to do that one of these days!


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