Languages I'm working on Picture

Pretty basic explanation of the languages I'm working on, and the universes they belong in. Brief description of each to follow.

Black words are the worlds (ie what story) these belong to.
Green languages I have a decent understanding of- ie there are verbs, some vocabulary, and some grammar.
Blue languages I have some understanding of- potentially vocabulary lists with no grammar, or some stabs at grammar and no vocabulary.
Rust-colored languages I have phonetic ideas for. They are lowest-priority to be worked on, and often refer to languages that I know exist but care little else for.
Purple languages have about as much development as the rust-colored tongues. However, I have more of an interest in them, and they are higher priority.

Black stems indicate a known derivation.
Purple lines indicate a complex relationship, or that more is there than can be shown or is known.
Rust-colored stems indicate an extremely simplified or uncertain derivation.

Cyan dots indicate that the language in question is zealontographical (fanfictional)- that is, actual words in the corpus were invented by someone other than me.
Duller blue dots indicate that a tiny bit of corpus has been modified from a zealontographical source.

Exclamation marks next to a stem show a dramatic change in phonology (typically, the speakers have a different vocal apparatus)
Exclamation marks next to a language indicate that its origins are too confused to comment.
* indicates a metaconlang, ie one that is a conlang in the world.


Uumet'kya
A fantasy universe with no elves, no dwarves, no humans, and none of your typical D&D cliches. Dragons versus griffins, multiple worlds, Elemental Lords and allosaurs as teachers.

Languages play a fairly important role in the mind of at least one of the characters, who is a conlanger as well as a conqueror. Additionally, they evolve, exchange calques and loanwords, and get translation errors back and forth!

Hjarkrahl (Allosaurian)
This name is not finalized. I often refer to this just as "allosaurian", though the speakers (Hjaklarktak Pack allosaurs and griffins) do not think of it this way. This is the language from which Primitive Griffonic is largely derived. It is generally an open language, with a dry, dusty, hoarse sound. Morphologically, I know that it is synthetic and irregular, being a fairly old language.

Alkraklyak Tongue
A neighboring tribe of allosaurs, possibly of a different species; they are known as canyon-dwellers. Their language is very different from the Hjarklaktak, and is said to sound "like rocks breaking in the night".


Primitive Griffonic
Derived almost wholly from Hjarkrahl, with a slight influence from the very beginnings of a semi-verbal communication that the griffins had developed prior to meeting the allosaurs. This is very much a "reconstructed" language- working forward from Hjarkrahl and backward from the Resskar, I figure out what would be in it. Note the typical phonetic shifts- ah -> au.


Shaukethklak Resskar (Kethklak's Griffonic)
The main griffin language I'm working on, and the main one in Uumet'kya. Kethklak designed it some time prior to invading Uumet'kya, though she was still working on it well into the campaign. Phonetically and in regards to much of the vocabulary, it is a reworking of Primitive Griffonic- however, the grammatical structure is entirely novel, and designed to be regular and logical. Kethklak's biases are strongly prevalent throughout. It is a harsh, wild language.


Sysaskirath
The minority griffin language in Uumet'kya, it began as an attempt to return to Primitive Griffonic by the griffin Syska, after her split with Kethklak. Considered softer, more musical, and with a less regular grammar, it is a poet's language.


Draconic
Main lingua franca of Uumet'kya; I have not yet decided on it's actual name. Draconic is an irregular and fairly complex language, so naturally the dragons made everyone learn it instead of using the Resskar as an auxlang.


Alt Draconic
Stand-in; I want to get at least a little bit of any other dragon language, because the main Draconic in Uumet'kya is far, far, FAR from the only dragon language.




Seranüi
Not my own creation; this is the world of Lego's Bionicle line. My work on some of the languages here resemble an archaeologist's in many ways; other languages are mine, but based here. The relationship and derivation of languages is mine.

Proto Elemental-Skrallic
Like the Proto Indo-European that I modelled the name after, this is an entirely "reconstructed" language, and was created entirely to explain the derivation of the word *tara. It will serve to store other words as I find them.

Skrallic (Tuma's Own Tongue)
The entirety of my knowledge of this is one, canonically-translated word- baterra, "silent death". For now it can remain that way. Spoken by the cold warriors of the Rock tribe.

Bone Hunter Cant
Something I know nothing about, but would like to work on some day. Canonically, the Bone Hunters have their own at least dialect, which I suspect is a branch of the Skrallic radiation, rather than one of Elemental's many children.


Elemental
Spoken by the Gla-tora, Elemental is the anscestor of practically every language spoken in the Talaraka (the Matoran universe). Nothing of the pure form is known from canon, since it has since been intermingled with its own distant descendant to form the Pidgin, and what little can be discerned has been "translated" to Latin.


Shattered Tongues
Let a language evolve for 100,000 years unfettered, and you will end up with a radiation of entirely unrecognizable tongues. I don't know any of them yet, but I may start work on them at some later date.


Pidgin
When the aformentioned unrecognizable daughter-tongues breed back to their ancient ancestor, due to hibernating heroes. It is messy and imperfect, but the "Glatorians" have far more important things to do than correct the grammar of every Agori on Bara Magna.


Bahrag's Tongue
From this we draw the words "Bahrag", "Cahdok", "Gahdok", "Bohrok" and "Krana". A first-cousin to Matoran, it is unknown how this language began, since the Bahrag and Bohrok communicate solely through telepathy, and nonsensical roars in the former and insect-like clicks in the latter.

May be related to or identical to Kardanüian.


Bird-tongue
Canonically mentioned; nothing is known except that gukko may have an unfortunate meaning.


Zyglak
I know absolutely nothing (hence the brighter red). Even "Zyglak" is a Skakdi word. They are canonically mentioned to have a tongue of their own.


Vortixx Tongue
The draconic, matriarchal Vortixx are apparently as secretive about their tongue as Tolkien's dwarves, under the premise that no one but a Vortixx could pronounce their language correctly. A few place-names are known, and possibly a personal name, as well as the word Vortixx itself.


Ancient Vassra
A surprisingly soft and musical language, Ancient Vassra was spoken 10,000 years after the Fall of the League. There are, of course, many older Vassra dialects, but I don't know any of them. Presumably, it is eventually descended from Elemental.

Modern Vassra
70,000 years of largely unrestricted linguistic drift later, and the language is now unrecognizable- a harsh, aggravating tongue generally called "Modern Vassra".

Skakdi
There was a Makuta named Spiriah. He performed illegal experiments on Matoran, and turned them into what were basically 10-foot tall orcs. He loved them, however, and made a language for them.


Rahkshi
The language of the demon, spike-backed Sons of Makuta, it has an alien phonology but may well be descended from Elemental- compare R voh "hunger" with potential Pidgin vorox "the hungry (ones)"


Visorak
Makuta Chirox likes making smart Rahi, but he has never shown a preference for languages. The Visorak, lurking on Destral and Chirox's guardian-lands, picked up bits of Rahkshi and Matoran and made their own horrific creole from them.


Ancient Matoran - [link]
A fair language; no longer spoken, but some words are used in isolation for legendary objects, and the Elemental prefixes of Modern Matoran are drawn from it. Additionally, it is often used as the main language of communication among the Order of Mata Nüi, as many of the older members far prefer it to Modern Matoran.


Modern Matoran - [link]
Direct descendant of Ancient Matoran, and the language of trade and culture throughout Seranüi. The Makuta grew tired of Matoran constantly changing, so its linguistic drift has slowed to a near stand-still for the past 80,000 years.


Matoran - Mata Nüi Dialect (Exile Matoran)
Post losing their memories and being transported to the Surface World, the exiled Metrünüians began speaking a debased form of Matoran. This largely involved cutting out the consonant clusters and giving the majority of the words final vowels, either by adding one or subtracting a final consonant or cluster.


Matoran - Voya Nui Dialect
Apparently influenced by Skakdi, the Voya Nui dialect is much harsher than normal Matoran, and, gramatically, is significantly more isolating. Prior contact with the half-Rahkshi may explain why the Voya Nuians welcomed the Piraka so warmly.


Matoran - Karda Nui Tongue
Karda Nui was isolated from the rest of the Talaraka, and entirely free from the influence of the Makuta until well after the Great Cataclysm. I am uncertain how far the language drifted, but the phonetic shift is strong enough that Jarast was imported as Gorast.



Other Projects
I'm probably missing some. >_< Languages I'm working on outside of those main two worlds.


Black Speech Reconstruction
The Black Speech (in-world a conlang of Sauron's) is technically Tolkien's, but I don't think he wants it- he made it to be ugly by his standards. Unfortunately, I think it sounds quite good myself, and the other reconstructions wandering around the internet have never entirely satisfied me.


The Language of Dreaming
A vaguely Italian-flavored language, the phonology came to me in a dream. Currently, this is not tied to a world, so I feel free to use it in all kinds of crazy ways that the pre-existing corpus—in the zealontographical languages—and the mythology bar the other languages from.



And I think that's everything. Aaaaagh, I'm insane.

I also have synaesthesia, so that helps.
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