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!2
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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 😛
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
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.
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!