Well, since I haven't written a single word about my conlang yet, let me introduce the things I've been working on. I am a huge fan of Sumeriology and decided I wanted to make a conlang that used a similar system of writing - mayhap not in the same, hard-to-write-with-a-pencil-form, but with glyphs-plus-syllabary. This much should be obvious to those who read my last post about the movie Blade ... I also decided that I was always so unhappy with my own, self-generated languages that I was going to give myself a little jump - I've been using Vovin's "A Reconstruction of Proto-Ainu" to get me moving on the language basics (phonology and syllabic structure) and I'm starting in on a more Sumerian-style grammar. These two languages are startling similar in some points, ie. posited vocalic harmony, posited archaic syllabic structure, and the like, so it's been fun to use one with the other. I have no webspace, nor time to make a webpage, so I'm going to try and get something written up on the basics of this language, which I have not named as I have not worked out the situational issues yet. That is, there are going to be local, living descendants of this Ursprache (I've used that word twice today, and in unrelated posts! Bad BB!) which are going to have diverged in grammar and phonology - maybe even they'll be a tonal reflex ... wee hoo! But I'm not quite *there* yet, and hence haven't gotten all the finicky details down, so more later. I'm presuming a technology level roughly equivalent to that of the early Old Babylonian empire, ie. late Bronze age (?), but since the setting is going to be wet and forested and involve an idea I discussed long ago on the Worldbuilding list, namely nonhuman sentient primates (ie. an alternate Earth where the africanus survivor wasn't our ancestor, but another), it will be not very much like Sumeria/Babylonia in form ... BB ********* I'm a kinky, queer, bisexual genderfucker. And they say, "write what you know." -Cecilia Tan, 'Writing Sex,' OutWrite 1999 You need to have a magpie mind. I think you need to like shiny things. -Samuel R. Delaney on what it takes to be a scifi writer, OutWrite 1999 Only 298 shopping days left before the end of the world.