Suvile Word of the Day Introduction

in Conlangs, Word of the Day

I hate just jumping into a story, without at least giving some idea of what it is. That includes posts here, so I always like to write a brief introduction to any series of posts that I start. So here is the introduction for the “Word of the Day” series, which I hope to continue throughout 2010, and perhaps even beyond.

It’s hard to make vocabulary lists, like I have on the other Suvile posts. Each one takes me a couple of hours, mostly spent deciding which words I want to use, how to make the example sentences, and so on. And, personally, I don’t care much for lists anyway. They’re useful, in that they give you a lot of information at once, but they’re also useless, in that a list can only give you a basic overview of a topic.

Back at the end of October, Sylvia Sotomayor posted on the Conlang mailing list about her new blog, which is mostly made up of posts about her conlang, Kēlen, in the form of short posts, one per day, each describing a single word, as a dictionary entry. The idea intrigued me enough to try my own “Word of the Day” series, so this is it.

Each entry is one Suvile word, with a small image of the word in the native Suvile script (called Sagruse), which is made from a font I hacked together a couple of years ago. (It’s not pretty, but it gets the job done.) The post also contains the usual dictionary entry stuff: pronunciation, part of speech, definition, examples, derivations, etc. After the “main” entry, there are, where necessary, two author’s notes: in-character (IC) and out-of-character (OOC). The difference is that IC notes talk about the language in the context of one of its speakers, giving information about, for example, usage and idiom, while OOC notes are from me, the creator of the language, talking about, for example, the reason why I chose the form of a word.

The Word of the Day posts will also use post tags, yet another WordPress feature that I have never tried. Every post will be in its own category (Word of the Day), but they will also have tags, so that one can find all the color words, for example, that I have posted.

Eventually, I hope to use this series to expand the online presence of my conlangs, especially Suvile, which is the one that has the most work behind it. Hopefully, I enjoy this enough to start a “Word of the Day” series for my other conlangs, such as Kasemi, Tutèlya, and Narhe. But that is for another year.