Creating a language? Hooooo, boy...
by, 15-Feb-2008 at 02:31 (653 Views)
So, first I said I was planning on using the toddler lisp, and I can see how that drove Rance completely insane and off three cliffs simultaneously, though not at the notion of me wanting to use it, but at the very idea of infant-speak as a whole. ^.^ Now I simply wonder what he'd say to my next statement...and I'll probably find out tonight.
As part of my story, I'm creating...an entirely new language.
What I mean by that is, I'm developing, perfecting, and experimenting with a made-up form of speech, its grammar, its structuring rules, its pronunciation, and its application into my story as a whole. The way I've been able to set it up has seen fit to work perfectly into the fantasy feel I'm establishing in my story's universe, as a method of furthering the creation I'm attempting to bring to life through words, as a method of bringing vividness and a distinctive feel to the world of Misery or Miracle.
It's very hard to explain the intricacies of just what exactly it is I'm going to be doing, but...I'm planning on using the language, after having been working on its mechanics for over a year now, in my story at certain points where it's called for. This isn't necessarily something the characters will all start to speak in out of nowhere. (Heavens, no.) Much like the toddler lisp, it's going to be used (intelligently) by certain characters whose backgrounds allow them to speak it (Aeonis, Elion, and Raem are all beings who know the language and who use it around each other occasionally).
How will this work into my story if the readers can't understand it, you ask?
I don't particularly want to just say they're speaking the language and then type out what the translation is in English. No, that simply won't do. I've created an extension to the story's overall feel that I need to show to the reader, and merely mentioning that the characters are speaking some vast, ancient, and unexplainable pattern of words isn't enough in this case. When the language is pre-existing, it's possible to apply the words in English to the matching words and grammatics in the corresponding language. When it's something purely created as an element of fantasy, the reader, I believe, needs to witness it for themselves, much as mannerisms and speech abnormalities sometimes need to be integrated into a character's words.
Unlike with the toddler dialect, I can't be convinced at all to change the way I'm going to be pulling this whole thing off. The language, after being spoken, will follow with a short translation in parentheses, either of what a single word or a number of words mean, or of the entire sentence. This is how I've made it; this is how it will be; this is not changing. Simple. So no ranting and raving over what a mistake it might potentially be, Rance. :3
Just wanted to throw it out there for you guys so you're not struck suddenly by surprise by it. :3
The only word as part of the language you may have noticed me using so far is "dono," as spoken by Elion.
What does it mean?
You'll find out later. :P