On Thu, Oct 14, 2004 at 12:07:33AM -0000, caeruleancentaur wrote: > Has any of the group worked with colors in his conlang or > conculture? Yep. In fact, Ebisédian is inherently based on color symbolism on the part of its speakers. > There is a color system in Senyecan. 6 is a mystical number in the > culture & there are a lot of groups of & multiples of 6. The Ebisédi aren't particularly mystical about anything, but they *are* obsessed with the numbers 3 and 5, and weave them into just about everything, including the fabric of their language. > There are 6 basic colors: > > red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple. > rúúdhin, véélrin, bádjin, dhálin, módhrin, víswin. In Ebisédian, there are 5 basic colors: red (ki'), green (ci'), blue (roi'), white (Kii'i), and black (bui'). The first 3 colors are considered to be a group, and all 5 form another group. The first group is cognate with many, many triplets that occur in the language, among which are: ke, ce, re - correlative particles (ala the Attic Greek correlatives, except this one is 3-way) ka-, cu-, ro- - noun association markers kei', 3cei', 3rei' - the first 3 quantitative numbers ikei', icei', irei' - the first 3 qualitative numbers It is worth mentioning that the noun association markers are essentially a way to "tag" certain nouns with one of the 3 colors so that they can be "matched up" with similarly tagged pronouns, used when gender/number distinctions are not sufficient to resolve ambiguity. The color words themselves are also used by Ferochromon physicists to refer to certain fundamental elements of their world. The last 2 colors are also cognate with many words, although not to the extent the first 3 are. > Between each of these is an intermediary color: [...] The other colors in Ebisédian are: yellow si'mi bluish-green o'mi violet/purple Pi'mi grey, muddy mui' > Each of these 12 colors can then be modified by 4 different prefixes: [...] Hmm. Ebisédian would have prepositions for achieving this, although I haven't actually coined them yet. > If my math is correct, that's a total of 71 colors. [...] Ebisédian probably has a lot of color words as well, but I just haven't worked them out adequately. T -- Caffeine underflow. Brain dumped.