The Dailies. September 18, 2021

The Dailies. September 18, 2021

Did you work on your language today? Create any new rules of grammar or syntax? New progress on a script? New words in your lexicon?

On the other hand, do any excavating or reading or enjoying stuff you’ve already created? Do you have any favorites to share?

How did you conlang today?


3 thoughts on “The Dailies. September 18, 2021

  1. New among the war clans, generational markers. I mean, I knew they paid attention to that, but I hadn’t expected it to pop up in speech. Oddly, these are mostly tracked within the family and it mattered because of when they became a common part of use.

    -adan: member of the target generation (that is the generation which was expected to reach a critical mass of the entire population contracted to gods and with sufficient overlapping contracts in a high enough percentage to reconquer their lands and win the war)

    -seonha: member of the guard wolf generation (the children of the target generation)

    -kolos: member of the peaceful generation (mostly the current generation, which I need to figure out a bit more chronology before I can nail down the number between)

    -baas: unknown-generational respect marker, -baashit (explicitly female), -baasa (explicitly male)

    Interestingly, I’ve also determined they use traditional Nar naming conventions despite having evolved a long way from there, as someone like Leshet with a clearly feminine name is probably using the last half of her name as a short name and someone like Saiyar with an unclear gender ending is probably using the first half of hers. Traditional names from other parts of the parent culture (which are not translated into their language) go something like Peach Blossom (more literally, Blossom of Peach), Void Blooming, Night Quiet, etc. Kofnea names seem to prefer clearly gendered endings, so since I know that -it, -et, and -i are considered feminine endings and -a is masculine (no others have clearly emerged yet), I’m going with the theory that Leshet is the adjectival bit and Saiyar is the nounish bit of their respective names.

    1. More and more intriguing! And very aesthetically pleasing.
      Are all these three generations very specific one-off generations in time, not part of some kind of generational cycle?

      Is the target generation in the future or in the past of the peaceful generation?

      Are these markers suffixes on names?

      1. Markers are suffixes on names, akin to honorifics. I took a bit to think through how generations were originally defined and how they continue to be used and I think in the very beginning, there was something like “those who arrived”, then “children of the arrival”, and so forth, so originally, generation names were given based on how many ancestors down you went and tended to be named in relation to big events before it started getting more abstract, lots of kids tended to want to go by the most common generation of their peers and would outside of the home (good luck pulling it off inside the home though), until the next big event.

        Some of the clans, then diverging people groups stopped using proper generational markers, some developed into honorifics, some moved to a timeframe approach to generations, but when the war clans centralized and implemented the war protocols, they went stricter on generational markers, starting with the first generation until the target generation because they were literally selectively breeding for power, so everyone knew how far they were from the stated goal of the protocols along those generations of intermarriage to strengthen and distribute their inherited contracts with the gods.

        The target generation is very much in the past now, as far as most people know. No one really talks about the fact that the war king of the Daani was and still is Ihithera-adan, and all the undying of that generation have generally moved to using generic markers -baas and so forth with anyone they don’t trust that with. There’s a lot of speculation that the war queen of that whole period was actually two different women named Yonyun and the current war queen (Yonyun’s daughter) is not considered -adan, even though she is. So it’s based on specific numbers of generations and it gets counted mostly against the mother’s generational lineage, though some use the number from their father’s side and preface it with yi- or use the one they were “raised as”, meaning their peers were mostly all, then preface it ru-. But again, good luck doing that last one at home where it could disrupt your generational hierarchy in relation to family members.

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