The most popular thing I’ve written

I’ve mostly written about writing on this blog, so you’d assume that my most popular post would be about writing, right? As is turns out, that isn’t right at all. My most popular post is, in fact, about conlanging.

It is this post: Creating a basic naming language.

I imagine that some of the popularity comes from the fact that it is #3 on Google when you search “naming language”.

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I genuinely never expected to make it to the front page of Google. In fact, I never expected to make to any page of Google. But I actually get a lot of traffic from search engines, including Google – in fact, about three times as many people come here from various search engines than they do through the WordPress reader. Again, that’s not something I expected.

I’m curious if letting the domain name expire will have an effect on this. Guess I’ll know if traffic to that post suddenly drops in 2023. I won’t be too upset if it does. I imagine most people who find that post get disappointed that there aren’t more posts about conlanging on this blog and leave anyway.

But seeing this one post get more hits than anything else has had me thinking for the past few months. What if I write a sequel to it – a post on how to expand a naming language into a “full” conlang?

I think that’s what I’ll be doing in December this year.

A minor update to Askeisk

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This is probably one of the most minor updates I’ve made to a conlang, but it affects a large number of the nouns and adjectives.

Previously, nouns inherited from Old Norse nouns that ended in –r (like fiskr & and hundr) ended in –ur in Askeisk (fiskur, hundur). After thinking about it for over a year, I’ve decided to drop the –ur ending entirely.

In-universe, it’s supposed to look like a “middle” between the continental North Germanic languages and the insular ones. Now it’s starting to actually resemble that.

Let’s Make a Conlang: Soleisu Week 6

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I once again procrastinated on making verbs by doing something different. This time, I created locative prepositions.

Soleisu

Meaning

me

Into

une

Out of

sa

Inside (of)

o

Outside (of)

ei

Below

ku

On top of

Objects of the locative prepositions take on the dative case:

  • Me t-ase: Into the field.
  • Une t-satai: Out of the forest.
  • Sa tika: Inside the house.
  • O tika: Outside the house.
  • Ei piya: Below the sky.
  • Ku t-ensi: On top of the tree.

Words Created This Week

ase /a.se/ n. field

ei /ei/ prep. below

ku /ku/ prep. on top of

me /me/ prep. into

o /o/ prep. outside of

sa /sa/ prep. inside of

satai /sa.tai/ n. forest

une /u.ne/ prep. out of

uyumi /u.ju.mi/ n. meadow


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Let’s Make a Conlang: Soleisu Week 5

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This week, I decided I’d work out Soleisu’s verb system. Instead, I created the number system, along with a few words for upcoming sentence/grammar tests.

Soleisu’s number system is base-10. Every conlang I’ve ever created has had a base-10 number system, partially (actually, mostly) because I’ve never taken the time to learn about other number systems. I did briefly consider a base-12 number system, since those are pretty easy to understand and also in partial use in English. I also considered a base-4 system, for some reason, and decided against it because I thought it was too ridiculous.

Numeral

Soleisu Meaning

1

pi 1

2

yei 2

3

husa 3

4

ola 4

5

enai

5

6 miso

6

7 nou

7

8 kila

8

9 ito

9

10 tulko

10

Words Created This Week

ano /a.no/ adj. slow

enai /e.nai/ num. 5

husa /hu.sa/ num. 2

ito /i.to/ num. 9

kila /ki.la/ num. 8

kilnu /kil.nu/ adj. brown

kitu /ki.tu/ adj. fast, quick

miso /mi.so/ num. 6

nou /nou/ num. 7

ola /o.la/ num. 4

pi /pi. num. 1

seina /sei.na/ adj. lazy

tulko /tul.ko/ num. 10

yei /jei/ num. 2


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Let’s Make a Conlang: Soleisu Week 4

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This was another busy week. After a very long time, I finally decided on a stress system for Soleisu! And that is…no stress at all. Each syllable has the same “weight” to it, and none are stressed more than the others. I’m not quite sure what this is called linguistically.

I also worked out some “number words”. These aren’t numerals, but words that are used in place of any kind of number-marking on nouns. These words are miska, meaning “some, not many” and tima, meaning “many, a lot, a large number”. I’m sure I’ll create more “number words” in the future.

Words Created This Week

ensi /en.si/ n. tree

miska /mis.ka/ num. some, not many

nimu /ni.mu/ n. cloud

piya /pi.ya/ n. sky

osei /o.sei/ adj. bright

teiru /tei.ru/ adj. dark

tiku /ti.ku/ n. light

tima /ti.ma/ num. many, a lot, a large number


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