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Ichu Ilngwoy

Introduction

Why conjugate verbs for time when time is an illusion that our minds and perceptions come together to shield our images of self with and to form a... I don't really remember. Language is a way to express our mind's perspective. You have a radical shift in the perspective of your mind, it makes sense to have a radical shift in the language of your mind. Ichu Ilngwoy (literally "constructed language") is impracticle, unworkable, convoluted, inorganic, a bitch, 4'11, green -- I could go on. This paragraph is going nowhere, but that's just it.

Before creating Ichu Ilngwoy, I set out with the goal of making a language that could be used to facilitate the expression of the thoughts one might have during an acid trip. In practice, however, you'll sound like an incoherent child no matter the language you use during a trip. Knowing this, I allowed Ichu Ilngwoy to evolve to be to be less focused on making someone's acid-thoughts more coherent (to such an extent that I believe it would be harder to use Ichu Ilngwoy during a trip than English), and more focused on having a syntax and morphology to mirror one's sensations while tripping. Sentences never have to end, ideas can trail on and on and on and then suddenly switch. Words decline based on what colour they are to the speaker at the time of utterance. Words are also marked for 4 levels of vibe. The only distinct word classes are "topic" and "thing about something else".

Phonology and Romanisation

How can one even angle a phonological inventory towards being "psychedelic"? I don't exactly know, but here is this.

LabialAlveolarPost AlveolarVelar
Nasalmnŋ
Plosiveptk
bdg
ᵐb <mb>ⁿd <nd>ᵑɡ <n'g>
Affricatet͡s <ts>t͡ʃ <ch>
Fricativefsʃ <sh>
Approximantwlj <y>(w)
Trillr

The grand total of consonants comes to be 21, with the only sounds qualifying as "exotic" being the prenasalised stops, which can and do occur word-initially. There are two other things to note: The first is that is that fricatives and affricates are voiced intervocallically and when next to nasals. The second is that sonorants are syllabic interconsonantally.

Non-BackBack
Closeiu
Non-Closeao

Ichu Ilngwoy has a four-vowel system.

Word Formation

Word formation in Ichu Ilngwoy is done by attaching markers for colour, vibe, and word class to the root. Roots consist of a string of one or more consonant sounds.

ColourVibe--Root--Class
green m-very positive -i-back appending -a
blue nd-positive -a-front appending -u-
magenta ch-negative -o-topic appending -o-
red w-very negative -u-topic -oy-
yellow y-
unknown/neutral -

Two of the three markers applied to roots are self-explanitory unless your eyes don't function at full capacity or you are chronically apathetic. I will assume, however, that you have a knowledge of how to decide whether something is blue or good and focus on explaining the category that you're probably confused about which is word class.

In Ichu Ilngwoy there's not clear distinctions of "noun" and "verb" or "adjective". Instead, there are words that are marked as topics, and words that are marked as appendings (and pronouns but those will be talked about later). Appendings can be indicated to append information to the word in back of (before) them, in front (after) of them, or to the topic. For example, the utterance "ndabdoy abno ado" means "the beautiful blue bird is dead", but the utterance "ndabdoy abno ada" is slightly different, meaning "the blue bird's beauty is dead". In the first example, dead (ado) has the topic appending marker and so it applies its meaning to the topic (ndabdoy). Contrastively, in the second example, dead now has the back appending marker and so it applies its meaning to what comes before it (abno).

The final things to note about word classes is that topics can be reestablished as the speaker is speaking. The utterance "afrkoy asflo ashfloy akrso" means "The fork is useful and the shovel is crazy". Also, words can only append to the most recently established topic, and cannot append to topics that haven't been established yet. So the utterance "asflo afrkoy ashfloy akrso" would be incorrect because "asflo" is appending to a topic that hasn't been established yet.

Finally, there are totally optional irreality prefixes. "si-" indicates that the word could be real, but isn't. "li-" indicates that the word is probably not real. "bi-" indicates that the word is definitely not real.

Pronouns

There are four pronouns in Ichu Ilngwoy, each of which coming in two flavours.

AgentPatient
I/Mengalngil
You and Ifalfil
You/All of youkalkil
All of us Hereralril

Pronouns are tricky. They don't take word class markers like normal roots do. Instead, pronouns are assumed to always append information to the topic word. Agent pronouns are the what causes/does the topic. Patient pronouns are what the topic affects either directly or indirectly. What role the pronoun plays semantically is often ambiguous just from the structure of the sentence and must be assumed with context.. For example, the sentence "arsboy akno ngil" means roughly "I am given a dog", but could also mean "A dog and I are given". Usually you won't be the thing being given, instead you will be the thing being given to. Again, this can only be deduced through context.

Orthographies

Making the writing system for a conlang is my favourite part. As such, most of any further expansion I do to Ichu Ilngwoy will be creating new orthographies (as well as adding new vocabulary of course). I have already made a few (see below), and if it isn't obvious I am not totally concerned with practicality. If anyone reading comes up with their own orthography for Ichu Ilngwoy I would love to see it. Anyways, here are the ones I have so far.

The first orthography on the list is an alphabet. A few things to note that will be common trends is that "-oy" gets its own character. Also "y" and "i" are written the same, as are "w" and "u". This script is written starting from left to right, but then switches direction each line (boustrophedon).

The next orthography is a blocky-style script I call Bioskroy (literally "unreal bad writing"). Prefixing markers are written consonent-then-vowel style vertically, and then the root is written left to write, and finally the class marker is added to the end at half-width. Pronouns are simply written left to write. Can you deduce what the example says?

This next orthography is a syllabary-alphabet hybrid. Each combination of colour-vibe marker has a syllable character (excluding the neutral/unknown colour which just uses normal alphabetic characters). I took heavy influence from Sonja Lang's sitelen pona. This script is written left to right.

This script is a simple left-to-right alphabet. It kinda looks like a lavalamp.

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