The Language of Lortho and the World of Dhamashi

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The Language of Lortho and the World of Dhamashi

Post by bbbourq » Wed 06 Sep 2017, 10:34

Lortho ['loɾ.tʰo]

Setting

Dhamashi, a circumbinary planet with two natural satellites, is a world with three major continents: Mashonu, Lamona, and Kashti. The people, or Kalanune, who speak Lortho are a simple people who live on Lamona. Lortho's script represents roots which always gives a sense of being grounded. The people are very close to nature and in nature is where they see nadina (life force, universal conscience).
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Etymology of Lortho

Lortho is from the combination of Lor, the deity which the Kalanune believe created life and the universe, and -tho, the archaic form for the genitive case. Over time this has become a noun and can take suffixes.
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    konphar-imu kalanu-ne lortho-me
    speak-3FPL.PRS person.F-PL lortho-ACC
    The people speak Lortho.
Great Mountain

Malhi Dharakhi (Great Mountain) is the place where Lor is said to reside. It is the tallest mountain on Lamona and is located in the coastal mountain range on the west side of the continent.

DISCLAIMER: This is a work in progress. There is much to be discovered and I will post progress here in this topic. Thank you for reading and showing interest! A special thank you to @elemtilas
and @Lambuzhao for your words of encouragement.
https://linguifex.com/wiki/Lortho
http://conworkshop.info/view_language.php?l=LTH

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Post by Itlani Jim » Tue 12 Sep 2017, 15:26

Loving Lortho! Keep up the good work. Can't wait to see more.

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Itlani Jim wrote:Loving Lortho! Keep up the good work. Can't wait to see more.

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Thanks, Jim! 'Tis good to see you on here. Your work in Itlani is astonishing!
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Re: The Language of Lortho and the World of Dhamashi

Post by Itlani Jim » Wed 13 Sep 2017, 00:16

bbbourq wrote:
Itlani Jim wrote:Loving Lortho! Keep up the good work. Can't wait to see more.

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Thanks, Jim! 'Tis good to see you on here. Your work in Itlani is astonishing!
As the Itlani say:

"Tendayisú pevlushunú korunifyaren!" (Small waves make big oceans!)

In other words, little by little, a day at a time, so goes the work.

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Re: The Language of Lortho and the World of Dhamashi

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Fauna on Lamona
The fauna of Lamona is quite diverse; however little is known at this time other than a few animals. Two of the known apex predators are described below.

Toshani
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Introduction

The toshani is one of the most well-known and most feared of the large predatory animals. It lives within the rocks and boulders at the base of the mountains at the edge of the Great Desert, Molhadhi Pashinalo (lit: Ocean of Sand). Sightings of the toshani are rare and few who have had the unfortunate encounter of this animal have lived to tell about it.

Description

The toshani is a six-legged, diurnal reptile which resembles something you would expect to see if a Spinosaurus and a Mosasaurus had offspring, just a little smaller. The largest animal described was approximately 30 to 40 feet in length (a system of measurement has yet to be created). The head is nearly a quarter of its body length. Its teeth are knife-shaped to tear through flesh and bone with ease and has the crushing power equal or greater than that of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. With its six legs, it is very agile and can climb up, down, and around rocks at astonishing speed. Its legs are sprawled, much like that of a crocodile giving it the ability to stay low to the terrain. Its outer skin is scaly and armored and has a pattern of red, orange, and tan pastel colors giving it the perfect camouflage for the rocky terrain.

Badu
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Introduction

The badu is another predatory creature which lives within the deep forest of the central part of Lamona. The badu is a pack animal and has similar behavior we see in wolves.

Description

The badu is a hoofed, diurnal, predatory animal that resembles something you would expect to see if a warthog and a wolf had offspring. The badu is about the same size as a bull moose and its legs are similar in length. It has short fur and the colors are very dark which makes it easy to mistake it for wet stone in the dense forest. The legs are black and the body is a charcoal grey. The badu has a black mane, similar to what you see on a mustang stallion. Since it has hooves, the badu must rely on its pack to help hunt and kill their prey. In other words, if you see one badu, chances are there are about five to ten more in the area, depending on the needs of the pack. Its teeth and jaws have developed a similar structure to a wolf; however, the mandibular fangs are long, protruding from the top lip making its snarl quite ferocious. Its tail is short in comparison to its body length; however still long enough to provide balance when needed.
https://linguifex.com/wiki/Lortho
http://conworkshop.info/view_language.php?l=LTH

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Re: The Language of Lortho and the World of Dhamashi

Post by bbbourq » Thu 28 Sep 2017, 03:52

Flora on Lamona
Kansapune (Trees)

Introduction

The trees are as diverse as Earth. As I discover more, this post will be updated with that new information.

Neilanu
plural nailanune

The neilanu is a large evergreen tree which grows to approximately 65 to 100 ft (20 - 30 m) tall and has a circumference of about 40 ft (12.7 ft in diameter). The tree is dioecious, meaning that there are male and female trees. The leaves are long needles that reach lengths of up to 12 in which gives the tree a likeness to a weeping willow. The bark is medium rough and is a dark brown and grey color. The trees are very old, the oldest reaching the age of approximately 3,000 Earth years.

The trunks of the neilanu exhibit extensive deformations due to weather, animals, and growth. Many trees have multiple burls giving the illusion of faces in the moonlit night. These "faces" are believed to be those of the ancestors and therefore the trees have deep cultural significance to the kalanune.
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http://conworkshop.info/view_language.php?l=LTH

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Kansapune (Trees)
Neilanu (Continued)

For the kalanune, it is extremely important that these trees are protected and respected. Since they embody the physical representations of their ancestors, any malicious act against these revered organisms is taboo and punishable by banishment to the toshani territory at the base of the mountains. There is no record of anyone surviving this punishment, therefore the kalanune view this punishment as certain death.

Any member of the kalanune can visit these trees (read: their ancestors); however, before they are able to do so they must endure a vetting process that convinces the Guardians1 that the visit is genuine and in good faith.

1 This still remains to be explained further.
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Re: The Language of Lortho and the World of Dhamashi

Post by Avis Noctis » Fri 13 Oct 2017, 04:21

Any linguistic variation or is this just a lingua franca of sorts?

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Post by bbbourq » Fri 13 Oct 2017, 22:50

Avis Noctis wrote:Any linguistic variation or is this just a lingua franca of sorts?
Right now it is the only language that I have for this world at the moment and that is because this specific part of the world is coming to me from Lortho as it develops. I want to create other languages as well, but for now it is the lingua franca for this continent until I get some more creative juices flowing to either make sister languages or start completely unrelated languages on the other continents.
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Thank you very much!
https://linguifex.com/wiki/Lortho
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Re: The Language of Lortho and the World of Dhamashi

Post by bbbourq » Mon 30 Oct 2017, 04:21

So, as Dhamashi develops, I have been thinking about other cultures that might coexist on this world and one came to me. The language is called Dhakhsh [ðæxʃ] and the people who speak it call themselves Lœsheq [ˈlø.ʃəq]. They live on the continent Shardhelikh [ˈʃær.ðə.ˌlɯx] which is the continent Kashti in Lortho. Here is the phonology:

Consonants:

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Plosive             /p b t d k g q ɢ ʔ/
Nasal               /m n ɲ ŋ/
Trill               /r/
Fricative           /f v θ ð s z ʃ ʒ x ʁ h/
Approximant         /j/
Lateral Approximant /l/
Affricate           /t͡ʃ d͡ʒ/
Vowels:

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Close     /i ɯ u/
Close-Mid /e ø o/
Mid       /ə/
Near-Open /æ/
Open      /ɒ/
I have started a page in Linguifex to document the progress as I discover more about the language and the culture of its people.
https://linguifex.com/wiki/Lortho
http://conworkshop.info/view_language.php?l=LTH

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