Below is the audio for the writing above:
English Translation: hello my friends, today is the celebration of the last day in the year. For you, this is my hope for the future. May you stand in victory. May you set a watch upon the high wall to welcome tomorrow. May the blood in your veins, forever burn unquenchable. May gratitude bind and consume each and every passing thought and may you grieve not the death of yesterday. Good night. Until we meet again.
Romanized Kardak: Doanaj Vii,ssi nomiion,ii . ja’hal havii assdi’hathosh da najka aathat hem estroya…Fir Eyu . egis havii Vii,ssi thalejh… Kada eyu jhesser hem entrandiith … kada Eyu ssandra et kelphath trabyalarr andith …kada alweth hem eyu,sii arathant,ii . fir aletiithen sethin bostyan…kada aktovast brojen ev bayush pojel averith uve kada dona’her, enii kalin da napheth…
Over the past few weeks, I have been working on a few different projects pertaining to kardak. I started working on creating my own style of illuminated manuscripts for an upcoming project that I will share with you in a moment. From time to time, I need to step away from working on endless grammar models and building lexicons and just work on artwork. I went through a box of supplies and dug out a few stray prismacolor pencils and started playing around with some sample pieces like this one.
I have always wanted to do a series of illuminated manuscripts, but never really had the time to start. Hopefully I will find the funds to buy some prismas soon before my drive dies again. Now, back to the reason for the illuminated manuscripts. A few weeks back, a fellow artist and very gifted conlanger contacted me and offered to put together a handmade sketchbook simply because he likes my work and my language. Now, we’re not talking a cheaply made item here. We are talking about a sketchbook made with custom hand antiqued papers, 12 hand sewed signatures, bound in a handmade leather jacket emblazoned with my own personal trade guild logo, and inscribed inside the front pages with an inscription of my choosing, of which I have chosen this one:
This is a gift, of the likes, I have never received before which adds a little extra pressure to make a piece that is truly epic, one that will be marveled over when they find it five or six hundred years down the road. The book measures out at 1 inch thick and an impressive 14×14. The only art that I feel would be fitting for such a grand book is a vast assortment of illuminated manuscripts. I may very well spend my remaining days making it what it needs to be. Maybe one day, I will be able to return the favor and repay this grand gesture. Until then, I will simply say ‘vasti,ii lae’ or many thanks. -Mike
For the longest time, I had a very basic system of verbs, adjective, adverbs, and nouns to go along with a pretty basic sentence structure. Over the pat year or so, I have torn it apart, rebuilt it, torn it down, and repeated. Even up until earlier today, I was toying with the notion to revamp all the systems again, making them easier to start from, build upon, and evolve. I had a sort of Eureka moment after having a brief exchange with one of my conlanger friends. I decided to slightly alter one mode of my verb conjugations (I will go into more detail later) to where it sounds a little better, but the rest I will allow to evolve as my understanding and inspiration grows. I figure that every single feature that might bug me about my conlang should probably stay in it as it better represents 12k years of cross cultural integration in my conworld and that every little thing the pisses people off about how languages work should also stay for the sake of a more accurate representation of naturalistic linguistic evolution. I came to the conclusion that in order to explain away all of the weirdness and idiosyncrasies of kardak, I will have to simply create 3 or four more cultures and conlangs. Should only take the rest of my life, but it will make for one hell of a story. I’m hoping to have another syntax breakdown chart made sometime in the next week or so that might better illustrate what I am taking about, assuming I’m not making any sense here. Feel free to ask any questions you might have, but please remember I am not a linguist so don’t use too many ‘big’ words, lol! Well, With all the conlang art I am cranking out and my lat name being Bacon, I should be famous for this in, lets say another 300 years…I can be up there with Sir Francis and Roger! -Mike