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Talk to me, people

So the subject of today's blog post will be the same one about which I once asked a question which irritated a published (and fairly famous) author so much that she didn't come back to that con the following year. I don't know that it was specifically my question which did that, but I also don't know that it wasn't...
The topic, as befits a Trycanta Tuesday, is the language called Linmyra, which originates with the lyrror of that world. Its speakers may have another name for it, but if so, they're not telling. We've seen only a few words and phrases of Linmyra in Homecoming, but more will be forthcoming as other books set on Trycanta arrive.
Long-time Anne B. Walsh fans may also remember Linmyra as the language in which we used to communicate, at least part of the time, in chat. I had a great deal of fun translating things into it for people, and perhaps one of these years we can get back to that, or at least have a dictionary set up somewhere. Maybe even here.
However, for the rest of us, here is a brief Linmyra primer:
  • Singular nouns begin with consonants and end with vowels. Plural nouns end with R as this is the pluralizing letter in Linmyra, similar to S in English (lyrro = one big kitty, lyrror = lots of big kitties). Nouns can also be inflected, or altered to reflect gender (mazo = dragon, maze = boy dragon, mazi = girl dragon).
  • Adjectives begin and end with vowels, and come after the noun they modify. Their endings are usually inflected to match that noun.
  • Note that modifiers for both nouns and adjectives tend to be suffixes and do not inflect, which can be confusing (the suffix "le" means little, so modile = little sister despite its technically masculine ending).
  • The basic pronouns are one letter long, all vowels, which correspond to the inflected endings (a = it, i = she/her, e = he/him, o = person in general). They also pluralize with R (lots of pirate ships = ar). Prepositions, conjunctions, etc. tend to be very short as well, two or three letters long at most.
  • The letter indicating possession is T, which is applied as a prefix. If the possession is between two words, an apostrophe is used (Shenni t'Tavike = Grace, Edwin's daughter, and yes, I just mixed my universes shamelessly), while if a pronoun is involved, the T comes before its vowel (tyrimo = my beloved).
  • Verbs begin and end with consonants, with the middle vowel determining tense. Specialized forms, like the infinitive and the negative, are created by the use of prefixes (lanir om calanir... can you guess it? Famous Shakespearean quotation which uses both forms I just mentioned...)
  • Adverbs begin with vowels and end with consonants.
I would cover pronounciation here, but why bother when it's already elsewhere on the Interwebs? Have a link to the extras I wrote up for Homecoming, which I posted on my Fictionpress page a while back (and while you're there, why not scout around? You might find a few other things of interest).
Bit of a short post, but then, I'm not writing much of anything in this universe at the present time, and the universe in which I am writing is calling my name. So I must be off. Questions, as always, welcomed (if not always promptly answered... trying to get better about that) and I'll see you all on Thunder Thursday with yet another snippet!

4 Comments to Talk to me, people:

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Elizabeth Conall on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 5:36 PM
(lots of pirate ships = ar) WHY YOU *pummels with pool noodle*
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Anne on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 5:58 PM
Mwahahahaha I am not sorry! *runs away*

NotACat on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 1:10 AM
Well, now I'm intrigued as to what was your actual question that made this author seem to flee…another horrible pun, perchance? I'm sure we don't need to know who it was, so we can flood thme with more puns…do we?
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Scott M on Tuesday, October 01, 2013 1:18 PM
I still use Cheku aduri and Surameli every now and then. On the greeting side my brain always wants to pronounce nidu and its derivatives wrongly even though I know what it should be.
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