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Specializations => Phonetics and Phonology => Topic started by: Solokeh on May 11, 2017, 11:16:30 AM

Title: Constructed Root-Based Language
Post by: Solokeh on May 11, 2017, 11:16:30 AM
I'm not a linguist, or even a student of language. English is my only language, though I've posted here before about Russian-esque sounds I can innately form into sentences, similar to a constructed language. That's why I'm posting here, about a con-lang.

I'm writing a fantasy story, which contains constructed words and names of things.

At first, I wanted to use Scots-Gaelic words, since they looked so appealing on paper, but after doing some research into pronunciation, I gave that idea up.

I've decided to develop a dead-simple language for my writings.

It's composed of nine alphabetical letters, all of which are found in the English alphabet.

For consonants, I have J - R - N - M - K - N

And for vowels, A - I - O

Words are made up of combinations of roots, the roots being a combination of two letters, and having a loose meaning.

Some examples are:

Ri - Judgement, finality -

Ja - Power, God, fortress -

Kr - Many, countless -

Rn - stay, stillness, peace -

Mr - Star, sun, fire, blaze -

Tk - Journey, movement, take -

Or - Animal, base, instinct -

Ni - Knowledge, light, ascendance -

A word could be "Jari", soft "J", rolled "R", and short "ee" sound "I", with the emphasis on the R. That word would mean powerful judgment, or judgement of God.

I’m wondering how to make this more natural. I don’t need a Tolkien level con-lang here, nothing like that at all. I just need some pointers and direction.
Title: Re: Constructed Root-Based Language
Post by: FlatAssembler on August 14, 2017, 10:40:29 AM
My advice would be to limit the syllable structure to consonant-vowel. That way your language will sound similar to, for example, Hawaiian.