The Dailies. February 6, 2023

The Dailies. February 6, 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 6, 2023

  1. I revisited some original vocabulary of Kofnea and decided immediately that huanrhye poku was a compound, so the first two words come from me pulling out the relevant bits. I went looking for a root that would give me bread, so it worked out great.

    1. huanra – n. snack
    2. hyet – n. bread
    3. huadr – adj. vigilant
    4. duen – n. steed, a horselike creature
    5. mowani – n. ruler, king, queen
    6. mowani ko – n. war queen, war king
    7. duenmowann – n. kingsteed
    8. yitzonn – ptcp. running, as happens, naturally
    9. haenn – ptcp. by hand – actively, intentionally, by deliberate effort


    On the grammar front, I’ve known for quite a while that they distinguish deliberate actions from non-deliberate in verbs, so finally! have some words for that. haenn comes down from a word for “hand” and yitzonn comes from yitatzon, “the activity of running” and an old expression, “as the river runs.” There are actual alternates you can use instead, but I don’t have words in Kofnea for them yet.


    Actual sentence:

    Moet-miets hani yathsaa yitzonn? Is that my yellow girl happening by?

    Where Moet is a feminized nickname, miets indicating immediate familial relationship, hani indicates this refers to a feminine person, yaths- is an interrogative, -aa locative.

    1. Delicious! Love the sample sentence. In English that’s a yes/no sentence, but does it work that way in Kofnea? How does the yaths– interrogative usually work grammatically?

      Moet means yellow? (You probably said this before, sorry!)

      How fun to have verbal distinctions for deliberate vs non-deliberate action! The grammaticalization of the word for ‘hand’ feels very natural.

      The words for snack and bread look tasty! Great to have a word meaning ‘bread’, that feels reassuring, much like having a word for ‘tea’.

      Yitzonn has a really neat ring to it. It does sound fast!


      1. Moe is the masc. divine yellow in their current generations. Moet is the fem. I’m thinking it’s moes, moer for divine and neuter.

        It’s a yes/no in Kofnea. The interrogative is supposed to follow the subject immediately and apparently can glom onto a word indicating what’s specifically being asked about, in this case a locative suffix. Which makes it an interrogative prefix in at least some cases. I shall see if it ever stands alone.

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