Archive for May, 2011

naisikire’het: conference

Example: Hejida Naisikire’ra mji’het Rejavisko vinesju!
Welcome at LCC4!

‘nai means to meet and ‘sikire means to develop. Since the general terms for teaching and learning require a learned and a teacher this spirit of improvement as a community could not really be expressed by them. Thus the term for ‘to improve’ or ‘to develop’ had to step in.

Since I am both exhausted and still wired from the day, some thoughts in no particular order:
* It was amazing that Fenhl could make it there. I spend so much time with him on #conlang that it was strange to meet him in person
* Sylvia Sotomayor is beautiful and very, very intelligent. We talked a lot and she was very insightful
* Maybe I should learn Olesi. It sounded quite impressive when pronounced.
* The talk about verb control and the Dothraki talk made it far too clear that I have to document better how the cases are used in Rejistanian.
* the use of tpp for presentations leads to comments like this on the #lcc4 IRC channel:

guitarplayer: have you seen the text effects? 😉
guitarplayer: I wouldn’t have expected that was possible in Terminal
pne: guitarplayer: probably curses

(pne, you are of course right.)

* My laptop needs a new battery as this one is really unreliable! At least it made it through the entire presentation and only shut doen the box later…
* It was amazing to meet the people from the mailinglist.
* I still have to stiffle a laugh when iSharia #isharia is mentioned
* In a work of fiction, you should not italicize conlang terms
* If you think you are cool, remember that you are most likely not named after a pricess of an interplanetary empire, unlike some people (I still think Lykara’s parents win at life for that – and Lykara of course)
* I still need time to digest everything I learned…


{Dorikansa’il ixtehji’het} ji {duxu’il vitil’het’sy} ji {vimsikansa’il Taderekansa’han} min’ma’ta ‘rala’limesu emikir’he’ny ines.

“Sacrifice a goat”, “hit is with a dull object” and “pray to Taderekansa” are not suggestions to be given to new techies (literally: are not ablle to be suggested to new techies).

I read that quote actually elsewhere, just with a different deity and thought it was too good to pass up. Sometimes in tech support you do get close to suggesting any of these suggestions. So far I could resist 😉

Dorikansa of course has the root ‘dori (to give) or dori’het (gift) and kansa (god). So sacrifice means to give a gift to the gods. It is not used secularly though students call doing boring, repetitive work as doriexkola’het (kansa was replaced by “exkola’he” teacher).

Sacrifices are still common but generally by now are only symbolic. Instead of giving up a real vudux, a wooden statue of the creature (a small deer) is burned. It happens for important celebrations, both personal and public. I will write about various festivities later.

Example: Erana’het mi’salan ji mi’veran.
(the forest is large and green)

You probably wonder why this word was chosen when I mentioned that I wanted to talk about a place of natural spirits in this posting. Well, the reason is: that word uses the same root as the word for forest. Erana’het is a forest and erana’tan is a place in the forest where natural spirits are said to dwell. These places mostly exist in the xentiran (ie: central) variants of the religion while the coastal variants prefer to worship the spirits in temples. However, even there, the concept of erana’tan prevails. Areas within large cities are not developped because they are owned by the temples and are said to be erana’tan’ny. Even atheists in Rejistania generally respect these areas (even though they don’t believe in their spiritual significance).

Asahele’het: temple

The rejistanian temples are very diverse in shape and size. However, asahele’het does not only refer to the temples of the inikresaists but to all houses of worship. Thus, Cologne Cathedral would be Asahele’het kelin xentira (central temple of Cologne). They refer only to constructed buildings though. The idea of a place in nature which is inhabited by spirits exists as well in rejistanian religion however they have a distinct term (which I will refer to in my next posting).

BTW: since I am not fearing to be unemployed by the 13th, I have booked the flight to the Netherlands for the LCC4. Anything I need to keep in mind when in .nl?