Language has proven to be the great catalyst for human ingenuity. Where would we be if it were not for this ability to communicate across time and space? While pursuing the scientific study of language, I have never abandoned my creative passions. In particular, my constructed language (conlang), named łaá si-ri, has been a constant companion throughout the evolution of my thought. Every language, at its core, enables the individual to bridge the internal and external worlds. Therefore, my personally constructed language is truer to my own emotions, nuances, and thoughts, than any other, for it is a product of my own design.

As I change, so too does my language.

łaá siri

Born on the school bus in 2011, still unfolding. łaá siri is a personally constructed language for artistic pleasure which has eleven contrastive phonemes (ʔ, l, ł, tł, s, ts, y, r, a, i, u), a somewhat complicated system of tone/pitch accent, and encodes deixis morphologically. Having outlasted all the others, it is currently my only conlang under active development ...continue reading »

Conlang Sketches

Here are some conlangs I have worked on over the years. For the most part, these were abandoned (so I call them lornlangs).

Tone Sandhi and Lenition Conlang

Can you figure out the rules for tone sandhi and lenition for the unnamed conlang below?

  1. ɸæ̌ ɲʷəx t͡sŋ̩
  2. ɸæ̀ ɲúx sŋ̩
  3. ɸæ̌ xɔ̀ː pʰæ̀ ɲúx sŋ̩
  4. ɸæ̌ xɔ̀ː pʰæ̌ ɲʷəx t͡sŋ̩
  5. xʲǝ mæ̂ mɾà̤ʏ̀
  6. xí mæ̀ mɾà̤ʏ̀
  7. mɾà̤ʏ̀ xí m̥æ̀.
  8. n̥a̤ː rɔ́ kǽ
  9. θkǽ rɔ́ na̤ː
  10. θkǽ rɔ́ na̤ː xɔ̀ː kǽ ɲúx mɾà̤ʏ̀ vó ka
  11. m̥ŋ̩ sǽlː xǝɾ