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 morphologically encoded deixis instead of person. Having outlasted all the others, it is currently my only conlang under active development.

łaá siri strongly head-final, typically adhering to OV word order with postpositions, suffixes, and enclitics occurring ubiquitously. Most verbal morphology is prefixal. Nouns are bound morphemes which must co-occur with suffixes expressing noun class (human, animate, inanimate, or abstract). For example, here is a typical noun inflected across different classes:

  •        stubborn person
    'ułá    turtle
    'ulá    rock, stone
    'usaá burden

The effects of animacy are at play on a clausal level as well as a morphological one. For instance, the order of arguments and adjuncts falls along an animacy hierarchy (human > animate > inanimate > abstract), such that argument role cannot reliably be determined by word order. Take the following minimal pair:

  • yaá łaa’ła tłaraa’tła’arrá.
    ‘[They say] that man is looking for an animal.’
  • yaá łaa’ła tłarraa’tła’arrá.
    ‘[They say] that animal is looking for a man.’

The underlined inverse morpheme signifies that the patient is higher on the animacy hierarchy than the agent, but there is no change in surface word order.

łaá siri is a reflection of the things I love about the languages I encounter and a purposeful extension/expression of my personal neopagan spirituality. The language has been intentionally designed with ideas of Sacred Earth and Intelligent Biosphere in mind because these are concepts that inform my worldview and resonate strongly with me.

Frequent Curiosities

  • Can you speak it fluently? Do you want people to learn it? Would you speak to your children in it?
    No. No. No.
  • Is it a real language?
    It has real words, real morphology, real phonological rules, and real expressive capacity. So what is it?
  • Is it technically endangered?
    There are more pressing endangerments. . .
  • What languages inspire you?
    Natlangs: (Old) English, Diné Bizaad (Navajo), Tamu Kyi (Sikles Gurung), Kua, Mandarin Chinese, Koyukon Athabascan, Koasati; Conlangs: Sanne, Ithkuil

Phrases

  • liyaá' łi
    Hello.
  • 'a' ri
    Goodbye.

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