Túfóžan Update

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Jan 312015

The Túfóžan Language site is coming along, slowly but steadily. Most of the verb and noun information is up, and also the personal pronouns, the phonology, some basic information about morphology, a small lexicon, and a little bit about the cifsa people and their culture. (Wow. It sounds like a lot, listed out like that, but it’s really only the tip of the iceberg.)

I’m currently working on fleshing out the examples on the Noun Cases page, which means adding more vocabulary as I go, and getting some of the syntax information into some basic sort of coherence, so it can go up next.

Dec 052014

I’ve added a new instance of WordPress to the site: Túfóžan Language.

Túfóžan is one of the languages from the world where most of my (unpublished) fantasy stories are set. It and its website are both still very much under construction — which is why I’m not adding a link to the navigation here yet — but I thought I’d post a sneak peek for anyone interested.

Apr 182011

Watched last night’s premiere of HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin‘s A Game of Thrones, and overall they did a damned good job. I understand why they aged the younger Stark children a few years, but I think Lady Stark still should have been younger. Peter Dinklage promises to be a fantastic Tyrion. And of course, I adore Sean Bean. Also, the sets and locations and costumes and… well, the worldbuilding in general looks really gorgeous: just earthlike enough not to be a distraction and just alien enough to remind us subtly that this is not somewhere familiar.

And of course I’d be remiss if I neglected to mention that what we’ve heard of the Dothraki language so far is just delicious. David J. Peterson did a bang-up job there. But then, from what I know of David from the Conlang mailing list, I’d have expected nothing less.

I do have one gigantic bone to pick with HBO, though, and it’s spoilery, so I’m putting it behind the cut.

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Newfangled Speech

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Jan 252011

I’m always up for exploring some curious new (to me) feature of language. The seemingly exorbitant number of noun cases in Finnish, for example. The world’s languages are full of cool little devices that most monoglot anglophones would never dream exist.

For that matter, English used to have a few of its own that have fallen by the wayside over the centuries. The Language Log has just introduced me to a new one. Apparently, our current progressive passive construction (“It is being fixed.”) is a fairly new invention. A couple of hundred years ago, the proper grammatical construction for expressing this sort of thing? The passival.

Fascinating stuff.

Apr 182009

I’m enough of a book geek that I’ll frequently choose a trip to a used bookstore over going to a movie. Which is what my husband and I did last night and came away with three bags of goodies.

Among the “new” acquisitions: beginners’ books on learning Persian and Japanese, a quotation dictionary, a handful of paperback novels, a couple of DVDs… it’s better than chocolate.

Happy New Year

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Jan 012009

Sen trí naca a hna kai etÓftó aŋrinarŧ urarnún.

Which, of course, is proto-Túfóžan for:
May the new year bring happiness to you all.

Dec 262008

Been poking around in my conlangs today, which I haven’t done for some time and I’m considering adding yet another noun case to Proto-Túfóžan. It has 46 already, so I’m leery about the prospect of adding another, but I think I may really need it, especially if I want to avoid creating adpositions (at least at this stage).

For those of you who may not know, 46 is more than three times the number of noun cases in Finnish, which is considered case-heavy among natlangs.

On the other hand, at least I haven’t caught up to Ithkuil yet. It has 81.