As of late, kardak’s progress is slow, in part due to my fight with whatever mental issues are plaguing me at the moment making concentration very difficult. So, to give you a little snapshot of what is going on at the moment, kardak is still engaged in the twitter challenge deemed #Lextreme2018, which is going fairly well. I have also begun to completely re-do/revamp kardak’s entire grammar system. This is taking a great deal of time due the a fore mentioned circumstances. I have been studying the grammar systems of a couple other languages in the hope that something will sprout in my brain. I’m not sure how I feel about what I have so far, but it is a step in the right direction. I barely recognize it right now. I’m hoping the changes will make it easier to learn not only for myself, but for anyone who might want to give it a go.
Recently, a friend and fellow conlanger, Trent Pehrson, proposed that we create a makeshift passport and send them around the world to other conlangers to get stamped. You can see my entry and stamp if you simply peruse my Instagram page here… This has been a fun project thus far. One of my fellow conlangers said I was going to end up like Tolkien. I guess I should take that as a compliment seeing as I always thought I would end up like Van Gogh…
Now, since we have just come off of a highly successful #Lexember , me and a few others in the #conlang community have decided to keep the word a day trend rolling throughout 2018. We are using the hashtag #Lextreme2018 . If you want to keep up with mine kardak vocabulary, follow that hashtag in addition to the hashtag #kardak I will only be posting lextreme2018 posts on my @dachiikardak Twitter , but not on Instagram. Keep up if you can!
In the interest of informing you without spamming you, you can view all of my current 18, about to be 19 Lexember entries on our Instagram page here. Check them out and let me know what you think. -kiiron
kardak seems to be stalling a bit. All it wants to give me at the moment is more vocabulary, of which I still have not updated the lexicon with the last 100 or so terms created during the last rut. I have been spending a small amount of time googling linguistic terms that my pea brain can’t seem to grasp. I’m the first to admit that I don’t particularly care how certain structures work, save a small bit of general curiosity. OH, OH!!!! I almost forgot….The Conlanging Film is finally out!!! You can either rent it or buy your own copy here! I have watched it probably 15 times already. It is worth every penny. I am thrilled to have been a part of it and featured in it.
One thing I have been toying with now and again is music…I want to find someone or a few someones that can sing kardak lyrics int he style of monkchants, since I don’t believe kardak can really be sung any other way. My problem is that I get so many ideas that my anxiety kicks in and I start shaking any time I start any projects. anywho…. I’ll check back in soon. -Esh sethir,ii thalovn…
As some of you know, I had the pleasure of being a part of a documentary about Conlanging or constructed languages by filmaker, Britton Watkins, producer of the indie film Senn. I had the great joy to spend the day with Britton and co-producer, Josh Feldman, at my home here in Georgia. The intial shooting is complete, but now the film is requesting help, by way of Indiegogo, to help raise funds to complete the film. I believe this to be a worthy cause as it is filled with many conlangers I have the joy to call friends. Here is a little about the film directly from the Facebook page:
“The art of language construction is currently undergoing a renaissance, as popular culture embraces language as an important detail in world-building for fantasy, sci-fi, and other entertainment genres.The popularity of constructed languages is evidenced by the fact that the word“conlang”was recently added to the Oxford English Dictionary.Yet,despite the universal nature of language, few people know about the process of language construction, the people who engage in it, or its long history. Shockingly, no one has done a documentary about conlanging before–this will be the first.”
Here is a link to the indiegogo campaign. Please contribute, if only the smallest amount. There are quite a few pretty incredible perks for those do contribute more. Thanks.-Kiiron
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…
So, in my ongoing efforts to expand and promote my conlang endeavors, I am considering making a series of Kardak language tutorials on Memrise. Maybe if I can get those set up, the chances of actually producing kardak speakers may one day increase. I have designed the language to be easily learn-able and adaptable. One day I hope to run into someone out in the streets and be greeted and spoken to in kardak. That would be absolutely boss…however unlikely it may be. Who knows?! Stranger things have happened! Feel free to contribute your thoughts to this. In addition, I am planning on doing a few YouTube vids teaching how to write in kardak as well. -Mike