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Babbling and slightly demented examples:

Bler blor blʌr. – the Blor speaker speaks Blor (by speaking Blor).
Leɣ loiɣ lʌiɣu loɣal louɣu. – The light bearer enlighted the enlighted area with light from a light source.

Blor is the babbling language.


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Blor
Blor
Type
Engelan
Alignment
prob. Semantic
Head direction
mainly head-final
Tonal
No
Declensions
Yes
Conjugations
Yes
Genders
Nja
Nouns decline according to...
Case Number
Definiteness Gender
Verbs conjugate according to...
Voice Mood
Person Number
Tense Aspect



General informationEdit

Blor has no history except in my brain. There are various hypotheses why it emerged there:

  1. it is a certain kind of nerd dementia praecox that in time results in the nerd hacking in gobbledygook on a mediawiki media wiki wikiwiki,
  2. it is a memetic virus that enslaves large parts of the humanity in an evil religious cult where they're (we're) being exploited and living in eternal poverty and misery sobbing! (don't forget "sobbing")
  3. I just felt for it.

Blor is an experimental engelan that is concentrated not on grammar, which seems to be the usual conlangers interest, but on orthogonal word formation, perhaps something like polysynthesis, and on strictly distinguishing between the world-thought relational perspectives:

  • das ding in sich short ding, the item in the world that I refer to,
  • appearance, the inner image of the ding as presented in the vision center of the brain,
  • conception, the conception/imagination of or expectation from a ding, as dictated by private experience or information that have been provided to me, combined with intelligence and intuition,
  • label, conventional name or phrase for the ding, used for speach,
  • relations between these four.

InspirationsEdit

Inspirations (in disorder):

  • Ithkuil/Ilaksh
  • IUPAC chemical terminology, Binomial nomenclature
  • Polysynthetic languages, Germanic languages, modern French, religious scripture Sanskrit
  • Triliteral root languages
  • Bantu languages
  • Chinese

Philosophy and rationaleEdit

I don't exactly know why I'm wasting my time with this stuff, except a vague hunch that I need to break the limits of my languages, Swedish (native) and English (secondary), and find some generic notation of semantics. The language Blor is an experiment that has been ongoing in my brain for some years, except I didn't know how to name it.

Non-goalsEdit

I have the following non-goals:

  • If I'll write a fantasy/scifi book, I won't use Blor for that, but something more like a hybrid of Quenya and the ugliest natural languages to be found on planet Earth (excepting English: Too bad! People ought to survive hearing it).
  • I'm not producing an international auxiliary language – most are fundamentally unusable except as for pidgin usage. The grand successful international auxiliary language Esperanto don't exactly require to be replaced – it is weird enough to deserve my admiration, although its long words makes it overly talkative.
  • I'm not aiming towards something democratic like "every stupid fool should be able to learn it", a few stupid fools may actually want to (sorry for them), most may not, but it's not going to be a survival issue for any of us.
  • It's not going to be beautiful and/or "natural" – "naturalness" is the linguists' general admiration of crippled languages, I prefer the weird unnaturalness of Esperanto, before the "natural" sucker language par excellence IALA/Interlingua, the language that proudly exclaims:
"Look here! No grammar, no word formation!" (nothing to be proud about)
  • I won't satisfy Noam Chomsky's desire for the language being "linguistic", I'm not a language analyser, I'm a language user. If Chomsky have nothing to analyse, it is of no consequence at all.
  • No ease of pronunciation, but neither making the language excessively hard to hear correctly – the phonology may be extensive, but not unnaturally so.

Perhaps-goalsEdit

My goals are, perhaps:

  • Word formation rules, IUPAC chemistry and Linnéan binomial nomenclature being my favourites, word root composition will be so designed so that most root compounds have just one syllable per root, in order to allow for very long compositions, c.f. tripotassiumhexanitrocoboltate (K3Co(NO)6), which might become something analogous to "tri-ptas-hex-nirt-cpalt-at"; even though non-nerds will refuse to ever use such constructs, Blor is primarily directed towards mapping the needs of scientists, who are all nerds. Those who dislike it may instead opt to use the intauxlan of utter simplicity: Solresol – a language of only seven allowed syllables, say tripotassiumhexanitrocoboltate in Solresol and I'll eat my underwear!!
  • I will sometimes sacrifice simplicity for brevity, such that a certain root have a default number/case, then the number/case endings are (normally) dropped – except when speaker decides that clarity is essential.
  • Experiment with philosophical ontological and epistemiological models of objects, images, imaginations, and relations between them.
  • Experiment with various equality rules, such as default noun-pronoun equalities, try around with Japanese wa-ga analogues for regulating thema-rema.
  • I may dive deeply in pragmatics.
  • I'll decidedly respect neurophysiological rules of comprehensibility, not creating a language requiring some 10 words in the short-term memory to comprehend a sentence, few long dependencies, avoidance of embedded subclauses, avoidance of initial vagueness of speach.
  • The main side product is expected to be a semantic notation.

PhonologyEdit

Word roots follow the pattern:

[Consonant cluster][Vocal][Liquid] = [C][V][L]

The initial consonant cluster and the liquid defines a general concept like in triliteral root languages (most notably: Arabic and Hebrew), and the vocal derives a precise meaning, the vocal either being a vowel or a diphtong.

Consonant clustersEdit

VocalsEdit

VowelsEdit

Ææ, Ʌʌ, Ɒɒ, Ɛɛ, Œœ, Ɐɐ, Ɔɔ, Ee, Øø, Əə, Oo, Ii, Yy, Ɨɨ, Uu

DiphtongsEdit

LiquidsEdit

β, ð, ɣ, ʕ, l, ɭ, m?, n, ɳ, ŋ?, r, ɺ, ʁ, z

AlphabetEdit

IPA.

PhonotacticsEdit

GrammarEdit

Gender Cases Numbers Tenses Persons Moods Voices Aspects
Verb NO undecided undecided YES undecided YES YES YES
Noun N/A YES YES undecided undecided undecided undecided undecided
Adjective undecided undecided undecided undecided undecided undecided undecided undecided
Participle gender cases numbers tenses persons moods voices aspects
Adverb N/A cases numbers tenses persons moods voices aspects
Pronoun N/A YES YES undecided undecided undecided undecided undecided
Adposition N/A cases numbers tenses persons moods voices aspects
Article NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Particle N/A cases YES NO YES moods NO aspects

NounsEdit

NumbersEdit

There are three numbers in Blor:

Singular: sg one.
Plural: pl many regarded as individuals, f.ex. when buying onions in plural, you're buying them one by one.
Collective: co many regarded as a mass, f.ex. when buying onions in collective, you're buying the whole amount in one transaction.
default: the default form is collective for mass nouns and nouns usually treated in quantities, and usually singular otherwise. Each noun has its own default number.

CasesEdit

Grammatical casesEdit

Grammatical cases are cases which play a role in the sentence, not just as a specification to a noun phrase. The verb to some degree decides what cases are valid in a sentence. The verb also specifies the exact role for the noun with a certain case, so the meaning of cases are very generalized outside the context of a certain verb.

Agentive: AGE the active agent of a verb. The agentive participant may or may not change state(s) as a result of the event.
Patientive: PAT the passive recepient of the effects of an event. The patientive participant may or may not change state(s) as a result of the event.
Dative: DAT the goal, the end point/state or a benefactive of the event. The dative participant usually isn't directly affected in state by the event, but it's influence sphere or direct surroundings may be affected.
Originalis: ORI the origin, the starting point/state or a malefactive of the event. The originalis participant usually isn't directly affected in state by the event, but it's influence sphere or direct surroundings may be affected.
Cooperative: COO the instrument, the collaborator, the companion, the instigator or the medium of travel for the event ("instrumental-comitative-vialis"). The cooperative participant may or may not be directly affected by the event.
default: the default case varies a lot depending on the noun. For nouns representing humans and wild animals, the default case is usually active. For nouns representing tame animals, the default case is usually patient. For instruments and tools the default case is cooperative. Etcetera.
Attributive casesEdit

DeclinationEdit

dft sg pl co
grammatical cases
dft + -- -- --
ACT +e +el +er +em
PAT +o +ol +or +om
DAT +i +il +ir +im
ORI +u +ul +ur +um
COO +a +al +ar +am
attributive cases
possessive -- +ek +erk +eŋk
locative -- +ok +ork +oŋk
allative -- +ik +irk +iŋk
ablative -- +uk +urk +uŋk
vialis -- +ak +ark +aŋk
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AdjectivesEdit

Essential form, accidental form, binding modes: tight, normal, weak.

Articular pronounsEdit

Indefinitive/introductional, demonstrative, interrogative pronouns.

Referential pronounsEdit

Personal, possesive and relative pronouns.

VerbsEdit

Voice/TransitivityEdit

Not analysed: voice markers are to prefix the verb.

AspectEdit

Simple, inchoative, present, perfective, repetitive, occasional.

TenseEdit

Present, future, preterite.

MoodEdit

Not analyzed enough. The grammatical mood overlaps with pragmatics, and I prefer signalling pragmatics with conjunctions and specially designed pronouns.

Proposed: Indicative, potentialis, irrealis, subjunctive, conditionalis, optative, jussive?? (f.ex. imperative use??), interrogative??.

ConjunctionsEdit

VocabularyEdit

Root classesEdit

General semantic meaning in the root vowelEdit

For the various noun root classes, the following list is a guide line indicating the semantic precisioning pertaining to a certain vowel infix, but the classes follows the meaning ad-hoc and irregularly because of the nature of the objects involved, so the list provides just a general guide line with many exceptions:

e active agent, practicer
o object, tool, means, flow
ə the quality of
u the source for, the raw material which is used up, an end
i the purpose of, the product which is increased, a startup
ʌ the act, the process, the production
y the method, list of steps, rule set
æ tool
ɨ company, partaker
ø area of, arena, scenario

Ray sending roots:Edit

leɣ the light carrying human tel the speaker strel the radiating human
loɣ the light (photon ray) tol the talk strol the radiation
løɣ the light source, the lamp tøl the mouth, the loud-speaker strøl the radioactive source
lɨɣ the enlighted object tɨl the listener strɨl the radiation
lyɣ the enlighted area tyl the speaking arena stryl the radiation center
ləɣ bright, shining təl talkative strəl radioactive
lʌɣ to light up tʌl to speak strʌl to radiate
liɣ to put light on til to speak up stril to put radiation on
luɣ to put light out tul to shut up strul to put radiation off

spruð (water) spurt, fluv (water) river,

Wild animal roots:Edit

bjer bear dzer deer
bjor bear food dzor deer food
bjər like a bear dzər like a deer
bjur bear male dzur deer male
bjir bear female dzir deer female
bjʌr bear cub dzʌr deer kid
bjyr bear hunter dzyr deer hunter
bjær bear hunting weapon dzær deer hunting weapon
bjɨr bear lair dzɨr deer hiding place
bjør bear territory dzør deer territory

Tame animal roots:Edit

Familial roots:Edit

Fabrication and science roots:Edit

seð method practicer
soð method
səð methodical
suð (method) raw material
sið (method) product
sʌð practice (the method)
syð (method) tool application
sæð (method) tool
sɨð (method) handbook
søð (method) practice area

Moving and traveling roots:Edit

swem swimmer geŋ walker
swom the swimming medium, the water goŋ the walking path
swəm wetness and stamina of swimming gəŋ the feeling of walking
swum end swimming, the jump out of water guŋ stop walking
swim start swimming, jump into the water giŋ start walking
swʌm swim, the swimming act gʌŋ walk, the walking act
swym swimming method/rules gyŋ walking method/rules
swæm swimming limbs gæŋ walking limbs, (legs+feet)
swɨm the swimming company gɨŋ the walking company
swøm the water to swim in, the swimming medium gøŋ the walking path, the road, the pavement

State change events roots:Edit

States roots:Edit

SwadeshEdit


No. English
1I
2you (singular)
3he
4we
5you (plural)
6they
7this
8that
9here
10there
11who
12what
13where
14when
15how
16not
17all
18many
19some
20few
21other
22one
23two
24three
25four
26five
27big
28long
29wide
30thick
31heavy
32small
33short
34narrow
35thin
36woman
37man (adult male)
38man (human being)
39child
40wife
41husband
42mother
43father
44animal
45fish
46bird
47dog
48louse
49snake
50worm
51tree
52forest
53stick
54fruit
55seed
56leaf
57root
58bark
59flower
60grass
61rope
62skin
63meat
64blood
65bone
66fat
67egg
68horn
69tail
70feather
71hair
72head
73ear
74eye
75nose
76mouth
77tooth
78tongue
79fingernail
80foot
81leg
82knee
83hand
84wing
85belly
86guts
87neck
88back
89breast
90heart
91liver
92drink
93eat
94bite
95suck
96spit
97vomit
98blow
99breathe
100laugh
101see
102hear
103know
104think
105smell
106fear
107sleep
108live
109die
110kill
111fight
112hunt
113hit
114cut
115split
116stab
117scratch
118dig
119swim
120fly
121walk
122come
123lie
124sit
125stand
126turn
127fall
128give
129hold
130squeeze
131rub
132wash
133wipe
134pull
135push
136throw
137tie
138sew
139count
140say
141sing
142play
143float
144flow
145freeze
146swell
147sun
148moon
149star
150water
151rain
152river
153lake
154sea
155salt
156stone
157sand
158dust
159earth
160cloud
161fog
162sky
163wind
164snow
165ice
166smoke
167fire
168ash
169burn
170road
171mountain
172red
173green
174yellow
175white
176black
177night
178day
179year
180warm
181cold
182full
183new
184old
185good
186bad
187rotten
188dirty
189straight
190round
191sharp
192dull
193smooth
194wet
195dry
196correct
197near
198far
199right
200left
201at
202in
203with
204and
205if
206because
207name


Word formationEdit

Example textEdit

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