The Dailies. February 19, 2023

The Dailies. February 19, 2023

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. February 19, 2023

  1. Two new Beldreni root words with a couple derivations! I had a word for ‘tree’, already – sen – but not for the two different meanings of ‘wood’, until now.


    kayu [‘kaju] (n) wood, forest

    [kiʔ’kaju/ki’kaju] (adj) wooded
    gene ki’kayu
    wooded lands, wooded area
    [hɛ’kaju/hə’kaju] (adj) wild, feral; synonym with otel, but hekayu is more commonly used for people, otel for animals

    elke [‘ɛlkə] (n) wood (as in the material). Possibly with a connection to the verb salke, ‘cut’, but the formation seems a non-standard one, if so.
    elke na (adjectival phrase) of wood, wooden
    (adj) of wood, wooden
    (n) wooden (town-)house

    It was interesting to look up and compare roots here! In Swedish, the word for wood as in the material is obviously derived from the word for ‘tree’ (trä vs träd, respectively), while in French and English the word for the material is cognate with the word for forest (wood/bois). German has a three-way distinction but the word meaning wood-the-material, Holz, originally meant ‘rising forest’, if Wiktionary can be trusted. I looked at a few other languages and three-way distinctions for ‘wood-the-material’, ‘tree’, and ‘forest’ don’t seem terribly unusual in the end, so that’s what I ended up doing for Beldreni.
    (I do have a tendency to go for more specificity in a way that natural languages often don’t end up doing but I think it was reasonably justified here.)

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