There's just something about your languages, even including the sketch phonologies you sometimes post, that I tend to find very pleasing aesthetically across the board.Frislander wrote: ↑Fri 09 Feb 2018, 12:57Started working on Frislandian again, so now I have at least some words for rain, thunder and other weather phenomena:
tjyttirroju [ˈcytːɪˌɽojʊ] rain (lit.falling water)
opsi [ˈopʂɪ] cloud
àhlti [ˈâɬtɪ] fog
kóppurri [ˈkǒpːʊˌɽi] thunder (lit. thundering thing)
pàkali [ˈpâkəˌli] fork lightning (lit. thing that cracked/will crack)
llèpali [ˈɬêpəˌli] sheet lightning (lit. thing that flashed/will flash)
As far as I can tell, my last post in this thread about an accomplishment of my own was about 10 months ago. Time for some self-reflection and a status update that no one asked for.
I lost interest in making a priori languages for a while, but with a posteriori languages, resources are hard to find, it's difficult to avoid copying existing languages, and I end up comparing what I've made to natural languages a lot more than I did with my a priori conlangs. I'm still interested in making a posteriori languages, but lately I've been regaining interest in making a priori ones. Now that I'm taking more and more specialized linguistics classes, and I'm learning more and more about how languages work, hopefully I'll be able to make languages that I'll be able to stay proud of.
I think I've said here on the board before once or twice that I don't like to ever fully abandon a language. That's still absolutely the case. I've been looking over my old stuff recently, and trying to figure out what went wrong, and why I no longer like it. There seems to be a lot of stuff, especially aesthetically, that I was willing to put up with when I was even just a few years younger that I can no longer tolerate now. Another big thing seems to be that I was really afraid of putting restrictions on myself, especially phonologically, which led me to approach so-called "kitchen sink" territory. I'm currently working, sporadically, on updated versions of a lot of old stuff, but primarily Project Ypsilon, at least at the moment. I'm still trying to improve my health, and hopefully my productivity will improve along with it.
Maybe it's just because I've had a few bad experiences with language classes at my college, but I've also found myself growing disinterested in actually learning languages to speak them, as opposed to generally studying them as a linguist. I think that part of me is still interested, although I may just be trying to convince myself of that for nostalgia's sake. Maybe I just have to accept that I'm no longer interested in learning whatever languages are available to me, and/or find better classes? We'll see.
I've seemingly also fallen out of love with conworlding, to some degree. I still want to consider the world in which my a priori languages are hypothetically spoken, and the cultures by which they are hypothetically spoken, but I'm no longer interested in writing fiction set in that world and/or featuring those cultures. Maybe I'll change my mind back at some point, but I haven't been interested in that for a while now, really. I'm still very interested in writing, though, and I've actually had a lot of ideas in that regard over the past few years, but I think I'll stick to using Earth (albeit with some sci-fi/fantasy elements) as a setting.
It felt good to put this into words and type it all out. I don't expect anyone else to care. Hopefully I'll actually have some new and improved stuff of my own to post here in the relatively near future.