Kardak Perks!


As some of you already know. I am supporting a documentary on Conlanging, made by producer Britton Watkins. Here is a link to the indiegogo campaign . I was asked to contribute a piece to the campaign to be offered as a perk. I, honestly, had nothing. I had just finished a 12 hour shift at work and was dozing off at red lights when I got the message. I got a huge rush of creative energy, stopped at the cornerstone for a large can of Monster Energy, then raided the hobby lobby like a crackhead looking for a fix. Four days later and right on time for deadline, I sent photos of this scroll, which I call the affirmation scroll.

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I felt lined a beautiful dark brown sheet of leather, sewed the ends with a wax-coated sinew chord, died and tipped the hanger rods, and then created the scroll which is hand-drawn, hand-painted with acrylic paints, and gilded to add that special glow. The kardak script reads ” siikar odrindire uve gossen dit vajh dwadiras” or “remember to breathe and know this too shall pass.” I’m quite happy with the result. I hope it brings in a boatload of cash for the film. Doanaj, esh sithir,ii thalovn…-Kiiron

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Welcome to a brand new year!

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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…

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Kardak langauge tutorials? whaaaaaat?

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

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Step back to jump ahead.

For the past few months I have been working on different verb conjugation scenarios. I have been functioning primarily on two, one for direct action verbs and one for passive verbs. I have discovered that through many MANY translation exercises and have discovered that if I want kardak to be learnable and expandable, I first need to simplify it a bit. I have taken out the action verb conjugation structures and set them aside for conlang two, which is in the works. I felt this was something I had to do. My gut was telling me that is was getting too bogged down and overcomplicated. NOW, it is so much smoother. It flows so much better now that I’m not having to over think what I am about to say next. I have changed the verb chart in kardak resources to reflect the change as well.

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Kardak Verb Structures

Kardak has some pretty cool verb structures. For more passive verb usage (see Charts:Sentence structure), Kardak uses a Subject Verb Object Destination structure with all the little bells and whistles in between. When we are using a more active verb structure, or one where someone or something is directly doing something to someone or something else, the verb structure get more intense, it becomes a Destination Object Verb Subject structure…but WAIT!!! It gets so much cooler than that. With this type of structure, verbs take on a 3 part component, and what I mean by that is that there will be a time placement prefix (past,present, or future) + the verb root + what I call the Thoralya particle, (convergence particle), or POC (point of contact suffix) Which is a suffix that tells you if it was an action of person on person, person on animal, or person on an object. There are 10 of them, and they go like this :

time placement prefixes:

ad (past)  aved (present)  vju: or Vu (future)  followed by <,>

POC suffixes:

1) <,> person to me: (eth), person to another person (iith), person to animal or lower species (iidn), person to object (iissn)

2) <,> me to person (daa), me to animal (dav), me to object (davn) ( this structure doesnt need to identify that I am doing the action because the POC suffix does that for me.

3) <,> animal to me (diin), animal to another person (diign), animal to another animal or an object (diigneth)

There is no structure for object to anything since objects are not alive and thus cannot directly perform an action. I guess I should give a couple of examples…

Regular passive verb form: ‘ I welcomed him to the table’ Vii trabyalarriied agatheratiiev…’ or I welcome to (past tense) table+ locative suffix (iiev)…

Active Verb structure: ‘Yesterday he killed my wolf’ ‘naphed Vii,ssi valek ad, nathkalin,iidn hevo…’  or yesterday My wolf + future tense +kill+ person to animal POC he/him

or ‘today, I will kill the wolf’ ‘ja’hal valek vu,nathkalin, dav…’ or ‘today wolf future tense prefix+kill+Me to animal POC suffix, also Identiying me as the performer of the action.

You see, its pretty simple actually. Another cool part is that once a subject has been established, there is a shorter colloquial/abreviated response. For example of some asked me  ‘did you kill the wolf?’ ‘valek ad, nathkalin,iidn eyu veh’ I could simply say ‘ ad,dav’ or in the past+ me to animal POC suffix or simply ‘I did it.’ Its not overly complicated, but it does take some getting used to when trying to establish speed and fluency. Questions? Put themin the comment section below.  ‘do’hanaj ejhaalon, esh sethir,ii thalovn…’

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rebuild, tear down, and repeat!

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

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