The Dailies. April 4, 2023

The Dailies. April 4, 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?


5 thoughts on “The Dailies. April 4, 2023

  1. So on Kofnea, I did particles a while back that were basically gender agreement particles with a bit of animacy thrown in. Well, I had been very up in the air about whether they were prepositions or postpositions, and we have now settled on the ones not referring to human persons, i.e. a, ha, wa, ba/va, are prepositions and the people ones are postpositions.

    So you’d have ha ongit (tea fem.) but Leshet hani (Leshet fem. pers.).


    1. chirnea – n. a member of one’s anchiri, a friend who knowingly helps to anonymize you and/or be anonymized in turn
    2. anchiru, -ut, -unn, -u – adj. anonymizing; of or related to anchiri
    3. ichin – verbal gesture of respect toward older male
    4. achi – verbal gesture of respect toward older female


    And a couple in Brín:

    1. unshókhe – n. a new genre of nontraditional song and dance which started in Emarrel’s lower city’s plaza, marked by dancers being below the viewing audience with an emphasis on the visuals delivered to above and the use of a new language incorporated in the background, called the weave, which captures the movements of the dance, such that anyone who hears the songs will experience a “shadow dance” translated by the Knowing for them
    2. ishing(al) – n. child(ren)
    1. Can you tell me more about the anonymizing concept, please? (Sorry if you already did and I forgot!)

      The unshókhe dance sounds fascinating! I don’t quite understand how the weave language  thing would work… is it something that can only be conveyed via the Knowing? ow do you capture dance movements in spoken word?
      Why is is vital that the dancers are below the viewing audience? How far below? Do the dancers create big crowd patterns?

      1. All too gladly! I apologize in advance for my chattiness.

        So previously in the comments section (which aren’t very searchable I’ve noticed and I must solve for this at some other point. /end tangent), we mentioned that anchiri is a principle of privacy for unrecognized “members” of the war clans. As a rule, you may know how many unrecognized children someone has, but you won’t know who they are, by design. This grew up out of the war with the outcast clans.

        Background: The entire thing that started the war was a bunch of people who had no contracts with the gods (thus, no “superpowers”) being mad that anyone who did have a contract with the gods pretty much automatically held power and authority. Their solution was to go to genocidal war over it, but it was focused entirely on those with powers and not on the rest of the clans in general. (I’m simplifying of course, but that’s the gist.)

        The clans that rejected ending power nevertheless took an approach that still ended there being strong variability. They bred for power for several generations so that everybody would have contracts with the gods. Because contracts are hereditary (though the child must also confirm the contract at some point.)

        So based on this, those who had inherited contracts from the initial leadership class of guardians and band leaders were targeted, even if they were children. The solution of the War Clans was to institute anonymity for their children. This really isn’t available for recognized adults (for a lot of reasons), but if no one knows whose kid you are, then no one will kill you for being the wrong person’s kid.

        In modern times, anchiri is still maintained ostensibly, though in practice, it’s especially people with high visibility or standing who scrupulously keep their kids private, to the point that once the kid moves out of the room adjoining their parents’, they tend to sleep with other kids their age (when in communal housing) and always go with a group of friends, or their anchiri, whenever in public (regardless of housing).

        Anchiri is also something made use of by any unrecognized person that wants to experiment or do things that they don’t want to follow them into their adult reputation. So while parents in the regular classes may be less likely to facilitate anchiri, they won’t do anything that will likely break it. The period this covers is also when young adults have flings (romantic relationships not expected to turn into marriage) and try out professions which are not in line with their expected sworn duty, that is bushot. After recognition, there are various practices designed to minimize someone’s ability to connect the dots between one’s activities and accomplishments before and after.

        So anyone can be in your anchiri, just by dint of hanging out with you, but chirnea refers to people who consider themselves an intentional part of the same anchiri.

        Now, as for the dancing!

        So re: positioning, most dances are designed to be viewed from the side. These dancers go down into a lowered plaza where the seating is above and it’s invoking some concepts of laying bones or foundation or stone and this being the root of one’s strength, a concept that largely has parallels across the planet because it arrived with the colonists.

        As for the weave, yup! The language takes base advantage of their being a universal translator, and some kid decided to not just create dance notation but actually turn it into a language to try to invoke a translation of the dance in the hearer’s mind. Which worked! Because the Knowing is designed to translate all intentional communication, including body language when necessary, so it’s a language thing that only works because their universal translator.

        1. I am sorry for my bad memory, but I nevertheless very much enjoyed hearing that whole explanatation (again?)!! Thank you very much. This worldbuilding is so intriguing and feels  really well thought-through. Anonymity vs one’s assigned position, anonymity vs heritage, being protected by nameless cover… SO COOL. And it makes such good sense!

          (Should we try to use tags more perhaps, to find stuff in old comments more easily?)

          I repeat: the unshókhe sounds hella cool!

          1. Not a bad memory! It was a concise list of the definitions before and I expanded a bit here. 😀 Thank you!

            I mean, I could tag has comments, but I suspect I should just go search up a comment search plugin. We can’t be the first site where the good content isn’t in the posts.

            ETA: comments are now included in the default search. \o/


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