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Conlang List,

First of all, I just want to warn and apologise about the length. I'm 
listing all of the information here on a short, quick conlang exercise I 
did, for those who are interested, so this message is going to be quite 
long, in the end.

That said, even though I'm behind on where I want to be in my script for 
a Chadhiyana graphic novel (which I've started writing and is part of 
the fantasy world, which includes many conlangs, I've been working on 
and which. I also mentioned previously, I published a small preview 
comic for the character, Chadhiyana), I was in the midst of creating new 
names for some characters and had a startling revelation. Though I've 
been coining new words and names, stumbling in the dark through the 
process (seemingly), I realised I've never created a conlang from 
(relative) start to finish. So I decided to take some time over the past 
two days and create something new that I could coin some names from and 
write a few sentences in. I wasn't concerned so much with how the 
language sounded. Merely this was an exercise I took on to get ideas on 
paper, commit to choices made, and build a working structure. A sketch, 
so to speak. Practice. The exercise was both eye opening and surprising. 
Some of the language, to me, sounds very good to my ear, though, as 
usual with my conlangs, I find concentrating on the language first 
results in awkward names. Whereas, creating names first, makes the 
language difficult to build properly. (Anyone else have this problem or 
know how to solve it?) But, first the language in full. And note it *is* 
very small; I was just trying to build something quick to put together a 
few sentences with, but I thought I'd share it anyway. After that, 
perhaps a few more comments:

PHONOLOGY:
As in English: /B, D, K, L, M, N, P, T/
F    *f*ar
G    *g*et
H    *h*orse
R    trilled
S    initially and finally say*s*. Elsewhere *s*even
V    *v*ery
W    *w*et
I    initially before a vowel, *y*ore. Elsewhere, vowel i

A    f*a*ther
E    *e*ducate
I    st*ee*l
U    s*oo*n
AI    st*a*ke
EI    gr*ey*

Word Order: SOV
No definite or indefinite articles
2 noun classes: neuter & living things
Neuter Endings: L, M, N
Living-Things Endings: B, D, K

Prefixes (for Morphology):
atru-    multiple
gei-    half
teg-    true
al-    inside
eig-    non/un
asa-    part of
ain-    from/of

NOUNS:
beil    darkness/dark
freb    tree
tuk    man
dad    woman
grel    swamp
vek    bird
teb    beast/animal (non-bird)
wud    fish
mim    light
krel    water
ren    sky
pak    fire (notice it's classified as a living thing)
hib    earth (again, living thing)
farn    blade
sail    wheel
aldad    child
geivek    penguin (I don't know why, I really love that penguin means 
"half bird")
ainvek    egg
ril    steel
tegril    sword
eigtuk    corpse
tegdad    mother
geifarn    knife/dagger
ainhib    life
atrufarn    fork
atrutuk    community/society
sed    ear
gub    demon
wreg    tale
verun    time

ADJECTIVES: (created by appending the suffix *it* to nouns)
wilit    yellow
ienit    green
lalit    white
krimit    black
valit    red
geivalit    orange
tegwulit    blue
wulit    purple
mimit    gleam/shine
eigmimit    dull
rilit    strong
dadit    caring
aldadit    innocent
tegmimit    pure
tirnit    noble

VERBS:
Verbs are conjugated by person and tense. Tense is created by adding a 
suffix to the root. Person by adding a prefix.
Personal Prefixes:
a-    he
ai-    she
i-    it
li-    you
uli-    you (all)
ura-    they
ira-    we

Tense Suffixes:
-ri    Present
-rug    Past Perfect
-tug    Past Imperfect
-aw    Future
-it    Imperative

Root forms of verbs take the ending *agal* which is dropped during 
conjugation.
eigtukagal    to die
dadagal    to give birth/to begin
tegdadagal    to care
tegrilagal    to fight/to wage war
ainhibagal    to live
renagal    to fly
valitagal    to bleed
wulitagal    to rage/to be angry
beilagal    to sleep
sedagal    to hear
tainagal    to kill
hinagal    to break/to destroy
faimagal    to avenge
brukagal    to be

PRONOUNS (some):
ugra    how
fav    thus
sego    this

PREPOSITIONS:
la    by
hik    for

MISC WORDS (which I added while doing the translation below):
utu    all
ug    it
agr    her
d    and

TRANSLATION EXERCISE: (note, I may have messed up the grammar on the end 
of the last sentence, but the sentence was so complex (as I tend to 
write) I was uncertain of some of it's order--corrections on this welcome)

Sedit! Lisedri ugra Tegmimit Dad agr aldad aifaimrug la Grelgub 
aitainrug d Krimit Tegril aihinrug, hik utu verun. Ibrukri tirnit wreg. 
Fav idadri!
Listen! Hear how the Pure Mother avenged her child by slaying the Swamp 
Demon and broke the Black Sword, for all time. This is a noble tale. 
Thus it begins!


Now, I won't say this is the most wonderful language (or fragment of a 
language, rather) ever created, however, the exercise was fun to do, and 
it did produce some fun results. Some of the words I am not so crazy 
about, and I really dislike the name Grelgub (even for a swamp demon), 
but the other names are good, at least to me. But the exercise still did 
not solve a few concerns which always make me uncertain about what I'm 
doing: roots, word/name length and (as I alluded to earlier) the fact 
that creating words first can create some abysmal names, however, 
creating the language from names can create its own set of difficulties 
(either forcing rules to change or hours of work just on one name until 
it can be modified to fit the language's rules well and still sound good 
to the ear). Word and name length is an especial concern of mine 
because. An example of my concerns is: if a root is two syllables, then 
add a one syllable prefix to modify it's meaning, and then turn that 
noun into a verb with a two syllable conjugated ending, you're talking 
about a five syllable word. The same with compound names. A root word of 
two syllables becomes three with an adjective--let's go with a prefix in 
this case. Add the two syllable noun with it's extra single-syllable 
noun ending that the adjective is describing and quickly you've coined a 
six syllable name. Names such as that could certainly work in the 
languages of Chadhiyana's culture (more Indian-based), however, once 
moving to the more European-esque parts of the world, a name like that 
is just too long. I feel it's too easy to have long names, and very, 
very, very difficult (almost impossible) to have one or two syllable 
names (even if using a single noun, as a classifier added to a root must 
produce at least two syllables, making one syllable impossible). 
Anyone's thoughts on this?

Anyway, again, this was just a private exercise I took on. It's nothing 
I'm planning to use, but, considering the nature of the list, I thought 
I'd share it. Feel free to comment and offer some constructive 
criticism. After all, feedback is perhaps the best way for me to learn a 
thing or two. All the best.

-- 
Sincerely,
J. M. DeSantis
Writer - Illustrator

Official Website: jmdesantis.com <http://www.jmdesantis.com>