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Yeah, it's been fun sifting through about three hundred pr0n spam messages.
I'm considering leaving Hotmail.  But not this list of course!  And I plan
on returning to Conculture when I get a round tuit...

This new conlang is going to be my first attempt at designing an _a priori_
language, that is, not based on any language, living, dead or reconstructed.
  I have no name for these people -- but they, like the Quaelit elves, are a
product of genetic mutations caused by pollution, overpopulation, and
eventually the use of weapons of mass destruction (nukes, etc.) in WWIII.
These people, however, are taller, stronger and very much cruder.  In fact,
they're utter savages.  They are called "orcs" in the same fashion that the
pious and peaceful Quaelits are called "elves".

The Orcs came from groups of shadowy thieves, assassins and gangsters, many
from North America and most are of Caucasian origin.  Unlike other groups
such as the Quaelits, which had Cybertech forced upon them, the Orcs used
this mid-to late-21st century technology on themselves to make themselves
ruthless warriors and bandits.  They raided day and night, land and sea.
And now that they have been banished to Antarctica (shared by the Americans
and Russians among others as a sort of futuristic Australia or Siberia),
they have established their nation, a republic with elected president,
parliament, da da da...

This government is quite "politically correct", eagerly attempting to reform
the Orcs unto a more civilized society.  But for the most part, they should
be fearfully avoided, for they attack by ships like pirates and by land like
headhunters.

(So instead of a "eutopia" like Techia and Quaelitistan, this currently
unnamed nation is a "dystopia".)

The language is nothing that exotic.  It's agglutinating, SOV and AN,
right-branching (i.e. postpositional), and has a moderate phonology and
grammar.  All I have right now is a ten-vowel (5x2) system:

      Ft  Cn  Bk
High  ii  i/u uu
Mid   ee  a   oo
Low   e   aa  o

The central vowels, short I and U, are unrounded and rounded high centrals,
respectively.  There is no phonemic secondary palatization or labialization,
but dual phonemes such as "kw" and "ty" are possible.

The inventory of consonants will be similar to most Sino-Tibetan languages,
in particular Yi.  The language is also tonal, and tones are indicated by
various syllable-final letters -- usually letters are not pronounced;
they're merely tone-markers.  However, -n and -r syllables might result in
nasal and rhotic vowels, but they would carry another consonant to mark
tone.  The number of tones as of yet is undecided.

So I'll be working on that.  Any suggestions for a name would be greatly
appreciated.  (Tolkien of course called his savage orcs "Nazgul" and their
language "Black Speech".)

Danny
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