Monday, January 18, 2010

The Third Annual State of the Language Address

It's that time of the year again, when I take a look what happened in the development of Teliya Nevashi over the last 12 months (+/-) and set a course for the coming year.

The development of the language has continued to be slow, in fits and starts, but there are now over 300 words in the vocabulary file. There have been quite a few developments in colloquial/idiomatic usage over the year. It has been used in status messages on Facebook and for about half of my cards for the Conlang Card Exchange. (The other half were ea-luna cards.)

Onward to the future!

There are three things I hope to accomplish with this language this year:

1. I'd like to write some lessons. I've had a couple of people ask, for one thing, and it might be a good thing for developing the language.

2. I'd like to do more translations and writing, for the sake of developing the vocabulary and grammar, as well as getting more practice using it myself.

3. I'd like to revise and expand the grammar.

I am cautiously hopeful about my chances of accomplishing substantive progress this year.

Regarding my other conlangs, I'd like to finish the vocabulary file for ea-luna and try to recreate as many of the lost compound words as possible. If I get around to it, I'd like to try to describe the grammar, or at least collect enough model sentences together in one place that someone else could, if they felt some strange, burning need that the antibiotics didn't fix.

I would also like to start another language using the ideas that have been coalescing in my head for the last 6 months or so. This would be a collaborative project, in theory.

And, lastly, regarding other conlangs that are not mine, I plan on spending the next few months really learning to use Esperanto, and then going to the Landa Kongreso, which will be in Washington, DC-- conveniently close! I just think it would be a fun life experience.

2 comments:

Thomas said...

1. Lessons! YAY! I want some!

2. Collaborative new language? Tell me more! I've always wanted to work on a language with you. That would be fun!

3. I'd be happy to dust off my rusty E-o with you if you like. And definitely go to that Landa Kongreso — E-aj kunvenoj are a lot of fun as well. I wish I could go!

Mee-ah said...

1. I will certainly get around to posting the first lesson this week.

2. I've been thinking for a while that it would be fun to take a really barebones grammar (or even just a feature list), a starter vocabulary list, and then setting people loose on it. I thought that perhaps weekly challenges, topics, writing prompts, and a lot of general conversation, socialization, and silliness would be a good vehicle for language development (and also would be a lot of fun).

3. Bring it on! I have just started working through my old copy of "Teach Yourself Esperanto". I need a new vortaro. I have a bad feeling my old one didn't make the move with us to PA. :/