Languages of Ea

Conlanging, in plain English.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's greetings

['A ] [A 'LI TA ] [NA LA 'HE AP ] ['VO C [KI TY RA I SO 'DA HL VN ]

à alíta na-lahéap vó'c ki'tyraisödàhlv'n!

O year which-is-beginning, you may-it-make-happy!

Technically, it's not the right time of the alíta for this greeting, but in honor of our Earthly New Year, may it be a happy one!

Monday, February 7, 2011

chèmbel time again!

The five-day intercalary end-of-year chèmbel pëpícümnö has come around again, surprising me since I blogged about it already last time. Niftily, its beginning nearly coincided with Imbolc, the new moon, and Chinese New Year. Today was the fifth day, and tomorrow begins a new alíta, the 64th since recordkeeping began in December 1985.

No Occasional Word this time, sorry. I would have put up "tired", but I don't seem to have it yet, and I try not to coin under the influence of sleep deprivation!

(Um. Anyone who knows me is laughing at this point.)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Occasional Word in Merechi: nípa

nípa  ['NIPA ] ['nipa] n. baby.

Today's word is nípa, a baby! A new one of which I will have in týat tèpsë-të-shóji, 30 days. The more psychologically significant number to the mërèchi would be a tèpsëty or twenty-day month. Let's hope I don't have this one quite that soon.

This baby will be my àrma; I already have a pèhla, who is my husband's àrma. The new baby will be his nína. (Click for the explanation!)

Now I just need a mërèchi word for "blog hiatus".



nípa'aë mèmacüm àgë dísöp'n: My baby is in my body.

nípa, baby; -aë, my; mèma, body; -cüm, in; àgë, my; dísö, to be located; -p, imperfective aspect; -n, 3rd person singular neuter/epicene.


"nípa nipàlipsöp'r", èslet tàch tëtév'r: "The baby is a girl", the seer said.

nípa, baby; nipàlip, girl; -sö, to be; -p, imperfective aspect; -r, 3rd person singular feminine; èslet, see-er (in this case ultrasound tech); tàch, thus; të-, past tense; , to say; -v, perfective aspect.

Lots of repeated consonants in those examples, and mostly not the kind their alphabet has shortcuts for.