Taking stock

This blog is now some nineteen months old. During this time, content and appearance have been unusually stable by my standards and until recently there has been a regular updating.

I took time off in the Spring for a period of political activity. That has now finished and I have come back to the blog following another period of reflection on content and presentation.

My attempts to produce a set of sound changes from a proto-language have suffered setbacks, but the project has emerged stronger for them. I can now see what a couple of Lemohai’s sister languages will look like.

This in turn means that my Lemohai phonology needs tweaking to ensure it is sufficiently distinct. Nasal harmony will have to go as will nasalisation after a nasal stop. The language is too nasal and word forms too variable. This allows a return to variable stress.

I will also tweak the orthography whilst I am about it. It currently indicates nasal vowels with the diacritic the Portuguese call til. This is fine for Lemohai but at least one relative will have a seven vowel system, so I will need to free up the space above the letter to indicate extra vowel quality distinctions. I will therefore revert to using VN combinations to indicate nasal vowels.

Comments will now be used to indicate changes to pages. This will reduce the number of “meta” posts in the main post feed. A “recent comments” widget has been added to the sidebar to alert readers to changes.

The main post feed can then focus on new material and best copies of ideas. Older posts about changes can now be deleted so category and tag searches retrieve a clearer picture of what the site is about.

Finally, some name changes. The Kelma people become the Kemba people. Old Lemohai-Letsuri becomes Eastern Dahu. The Zayedin faith becomes Zayedin.

Mohai’s rival state of Heitak becomes Heiko and so its modern language becomes, naturally, Leheiko. The predecessor of that language becomes Kemba (it was previously known as Classical Leheitak. If you’re not confused you probably haven’t been paying attention.

Author: David Johnson

Language constructor, writer, music fan and activist.

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