29 February 2016

word: xadra

xadra : chess : inspired by Georgian čadraki, Portugese xadrez, Persian šatranj

27 February 2016

word: steno

steno : shorthand writing, stenography : inspired by English stenography, related to French sténographie, German Stenographie, etc.

25 February 2016

word: dribe

dribe : to drink : from English drink, Dutch drinken, Romanian bea, Spanish beber

23 February 2016

word: manje

manje : eat : Haitian Creole manje, Italian mangiare

21 February 2016

word: valbi

valbi : white : Estonian valge, Finnish valkoinen, Romanian alb, Latin albus … you can use English albino to help you remember the -albi part

19 February 2016

word: grizi

grizi : gray : Maltese griż, French gris, Afrikaans grys

17 February 2016

word: musti

musti : black : derived from Finnish musta, Estonian must

15 February 2016

syntax of the Zango language

Zango is essentially an isolating language.

Known tendencies in Zango syntax:

SOV in formal usage; flexible in poetry and in short, casual statements

• demonstratives, possessives and adjectives come before the nouns they modify

• a name precedes a title or honorific

Likely (but not guaranteed) future developments:

postpositions rather than prepositions

• relative clauses precede the nouns to which they refer

• subordinators appear at the end of subordinate clauses

13 February 2016

word: teksi

teksi : taxi : from the globally widespread word taxi … This is one of the few non-adjectives ending with i … I used e instead of a as the first vowel partly because I did not want to make a written word that would be instantly recognizable.

11 February 2016

word: ne

ne is a sentence-final particle used when the speaker is seeking the listener’s agreement or seeking to soften a statement, similar to English expressions such as “isn’t it” or “wouldn’t you say.” Obviously borrowed from Japanese.

09 February 2016

word: jarna

jarna : day (as opposed to night) : vaguely inspired by Italian giorno, massaged to fit Zango’s sound patterns; the 2nd and 3rd letters in a 5-letter word can be ar but er, ir, or, and ur are avoided. (Doubling the duration of the a rather than pronouncing the r is an acceptable variant pronunciation of ar.)

07 February 2016

word: denta

denta : day (24-hour period, rather than sunlit period) : Bulgarian & Czech den, German Tag

05 February 2016

word: xanda

xanda : the moon : inspired by Pali canda, Urdu čānd, Sanskrit and Hindi chandra

03 February 2016

word: denxu

denxu : diary : fusion of denta (day) + honxu (book)

01 February 2016

word: grafe

grafe : to write : derived from Greek gráfo