The Call of the Language

So, since I have been very neglectful in writing for this blog, I decided I might as well write something. Due to the fact that there is now university stuff to take up my time, as well as helping to organise a camp, and everything that I get up to in my spare time, such as worldbuilding and conlangery, I haven’t been as diligent as I had hoped to be when I first established this. Yay for disorganisation!

So, I might as well do a blog post about one of my favourite things: Language!

We all know what language is, don’t we? To say it how Xidnaf does very eloquently in this video,

“It’s that thing you do when you know something and someone else doesn’t know something, so you flap your tongue around, and suddenly, they know the thing!”

But, what you may not know (or may know if you have already followed all of the links above this set of parentheses) is that some people aren’t content with the number of languages there are in the world. Spanish, French, Chinese, Indonesian and the rest of the ~6,500 languages in the world are not enough. There are some people who go further, and say that they want to make their own!

It’s like when you see a work of art, and you say, “Y’know, I bet I could make a really good work of art too!” So you get out those art supplies from early High School, get a canvas, start haphazardly putting colours onto a page, and lo and behold, you have created: a mess. Or maybe that’s just me?

But, instead of with colours, language creation works with other things, like phonology, syntax, grammar, morphology and other such cool words which I didn’t understand until I Googled them a few years ago.

There are many such examples of created languages, some of the most famous being Esperanto, created by L. L. Zamenhof in an attempt to give the world a common language, Quenya and Tengwar, created by one of the greatest authors and linguists in the world (J. R. R. Tolkien for those of you who don’t know) for his books, Klingon, which was created for the world of Star TrekNa’vi for James Cameron’s Avatar movie, and, possibly one of the coolest languages in the list, Dothraki for HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones.

Me to Dothraki Language

But it’s not just super famous writers and Polish physicians who make languages. With the advent of the Internet (and to some extent, before) regular people have started making languages.

As such, during this period of down-time, so to speak, I have been making my own language. Mostly for the sheer fun of it (because contrary to popular belief, it’s actually pretty fun), but also for a larger worldbuilding project that I have been working on for a while.

The most developed one that I have been working on is named Clányan (or Cílányane in the language itself). With a still uncounted vocabulary (due to my near-chronic disorganisation), an interesting grammar and some fun features, I have had a lot of fun making it, and it can only grow from here.

Don’t worry. I’m not going to start writing every blog post in that language, or simply document my Clányan journey (though that may be fun – for me at least…)

But I would encourage anyone who comes across this to at least give it a try. There are many resources online about creating conlangs, and it’s a fun hobby to do. And while it can last many months or years, it usually delivers lots of happy fun-times. There is a really cool feeling that comes along with saying a new sentence in your language on the fly.

So yeah! Definitely would recommend to anyone who wants to try it!

The Valley of Grey Pigeons – A name

So, that just happened.

I just actually created a blog.

I have been putting this off for a while, and when I managed to make another a while ago, I kinda forgot about it.

This irked me. So, I decided to make another one. But this time, it would be more personal than my old go-to username. This time, I could make fun of my names – the weirdest Celtic names anyone could have chosen.

For those of you who are reading this out of sheer chance, my middle names are ‘Colm Glyn Lloyd’. This is an interesting group of names. Colm is Irish Gaelic for ‘Pigeon’, while Glyn and Lloyd are both Welsh names, Glyn being a valley(or rather from the valley, but the noun sounds cooler) and Lloyd means Grey. It was only logical therefore that I would call myself the ‘Valley of Grey Pigeons’. Plus it makes it sound much more epic, yet so unusual as to attract interest perhaps.

So, that worked somehow. I wasn’t going to include my first or last names, as they are annoyingly normal, compared to my nice Celtic middle names. A very common Hebrew first name followed by a fairly common Latin word. I.e: I am Ben Felix, otherwise known as Baggins or one of a list of other names and references, including Hodor, Hiccup and Jemima Puddle Duck. Not sure where the latter came from exactly…

Anyway, that’s me. A nerd by any other name, expect nerdy comments and quips, as well as the occasional meme, perhaps a cat photo (or a Night Fury – they’re cool too), maybe a YouTube video, and a lot of fan-boying. Heck, who knows, maybe there’ll be a faux-philosophical question or two.

So, that’s it for my first post. All the happiness.

Bye for now!