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…
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…
One of the many features of kardak that I am quite fond of is its clusivity, a special distinction between inclusive and exclusive that allows for first person pronouns to be a little bit more direct. For instance, when you use the pronoun ‘you’, who you is, is at best, implied. In kardak, there are 3 distinctions that make this more specific. This also works for they/we/us as well as for they/them.
I made this recently, for a friend’s birthday. This is a translation of a quote by poet Jack Kerouac ” Because in the end, you wont remember the time spent working in the office or mowing the lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain. ” – The kardak transcription reads———– ” baakarush hem drojhek eyu siikaras,enii tiithen hem egliina’hash tragaregoph ro spliither ganshtiath… vovan gathgala gadith” ———-literal translation, with needed altercations would read —–‘ because in (the) end you remember(not) time in workspace working or till ground…climb (the) mountain cursed…’
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.
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
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