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Word building philology(language making)

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  • #144669
    Crazywriter
    @crazywriter

    I guess what I’m doing is finding meaning of words. The beauty of language is not the words themselves or what if they sound cool, it’s what they mean. The meaning gives beauty. I’m just trying to find the meaning behind some of these words. I may not have a system, but I’m starting with just a simpler approach for now.

    #144674
    Denali Christianson
    @denali-christianson

    @crazywriter

    I like what you said there. That’s very true. A word can sound cool, but if it means something bad, then it loses its beauty. And vise-versa, the word can sound kinda mediocre or even weird, but if it has a good meaning, it has a natural beauty.

    So when I make a language, I usually try to use a construction similar to Latin. Since I’m guessing you have very little clue how the Latin system works, basically you divide each word into the type it is (noun, verb, adjective, etc.) then you create endings that mean a certain thing. For example, you’d have something like the word terr, but then you’d add an “a” on the end and that would mean that it acts as a noun in the sentence. If, on the other hand, you add an “ae” on the end, that means that it functions as an indirect object. That probably sounded realllly confusing…

    Let me know what I need to elaborate/try again on! 🙂

    "The light perceives the very heart of the darkness." -Haldir

    #144676
    Crazywriter
    @crazywriter

    No that’s extremely helpful. I might do some of the words that way, but I’m kinda trying to do it….maybe….more artistically than Latin. I admire Latin, I enjoy hearing Gregorian chants in Latin, but when I think of Latin, I think of a dry, earthy language. As I mentioned before, this one is meant to be silver-y, or smooth, if you know what I mean. Maybe you don’t, and I’m just crazy, but anyways you got me thinking on a idea. Many of my words intentionally start with ES. Maybe I could have that be the noun signifier but in this language it literally translates out to be ‘the story of.’

    for instance, Calas , would literally translate to ‘brilliant light, indescribable beauty, glory, etc but add ES before it and you get Escalas, the story of light, indescribable beauty, etc and in a artistic and perhaps stupid way that signifies the noun

    #144677
    Crazywriter
    @crazywriter

    Or maybe it should be ‘the object of’ to signify the noun. Perhaps that would make more sense

    #144740
    Erynne
    @erynne

    What would help you out the most that I could do? Invent words? Try and come up with good structure?

    I’m willing to help out with anything 🙂

    Be weird. Be random. Be who you are. Because you ever know who would love the person you hide.

    #144741
    Crazywriter
    @crazywriter

    All of the above, but maybe the focus should be on the system since I have no shortage of good words.

    again, thanks for helping me, I know I’m not the easiest person to work with, I hardly explain anything well, and am a little scattered

    #144742
    Erynne
    @erynne

    No I’m happy to help!

    Have you thought about articles (a, an, and the)? Do you want to include those in your language or do you want to keep them as is?

    Be weird. Be random. Be who you are. Because you ever know who would love the person you hide.

    #144743
    Crazywriter
    @crazywriter

    I was thinking that a/an would be represented by simply the letter A(original, yes I know XD) with the difference being a simple ‘a’ for a, and ‘á’ for an.
    ‘The’ would be Ech, pronounced throatily, like Ecchh in the back of your throat

    #144879
    Denali Christianson
    @denali-christianson

    @crazywriter

    I know exactly what you mean by silvery! I also agree that Latin is very earthy. I think your idea could actually work quite well. I’m quite fond of languages that carry the signifier in the prefix and not the suffix. It does give it a more light feel. I would maybe think of some more prefixes, like perhaps es for the object of, and maybe eyr for indirect object, etc. if you follow me.

    "The light perceives the very heart of the darkness." -Haldir

    #144883
    Crazywriter
    @crazywriter

    thats extremely helpful!!!
    thank you again, like i said, I’m not that good with languages so I could be rambling a lot, and not make much sense but you are helping!

    #144884
    Denali Christianson
    @denali-christianson

    Lol I’m glad to hear that! You’re actually making quite a bit of sense.

    "The light perceives the very heart of the darkness." -Haldir

    #144886
    Erynne
    @erynne

    I feel like I’m not helping much XD


    @Denali-Christianson
    is much better at this than I am 😉

    Do you want to do every single individual word your language or do you want to throw in some English?

    Also suffixes are as important as prefixes *Nods in satisfaction*

    Be weird. Be random. Be who you are. Because you ever know who would love the person you hide.

    #144887
    Crazywriter
    @crazywriter

    No you both are helping. I just want to start with major nouns and adjectives for now. We can get nitty gritty after that

    #144890
    Erynne
    @erynne

    That makes sense.

    I thought of something that might make this a little easier. This is just a random example I made up. I have a feeling that he I try to explain it I’ll just make it super confusing.

    So instead of saying: “the girl lives in Africa” you could say “girl’s home, Africa”

    It’ll sound a lot better in your language and it will probably make this process a lot easier.

    I’m not sure If this helps or not. You’re smart so I’m sure you’ve already thought of that lol

    Be weird. Be random. Be who you are. Because you ever know who would love the person you hide.

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