Hi’Hemide-3

October 10, 2018

Part 3

“Nunah! Gugah is coming and there’s something coming with him!”

“Come away from the window then, Baisah,” said Gesah, her mother.

Gesah made an excuse for looking through the window as she took an extra bowl and spoon from the shelf. What have the gods sent us? she asked.

Another look out the window revealed Greefr picking up various tools and objects and showing them to the two-legged stranger.  She knew what that meant. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hi’Hemide-2

October 6, 2018

Part 2

Engrem climbed out of the landing craft after the other two.  The fresh air was a welcome respite to the canned atmosphere of the ship.  Even the acrid smell of manure on the nearby fields was preferable to sweaty bodies.

“I see one of the locals over there,” said the commander.  “You say you’re good with languages, Barinium. Go to it. We wanna mine that mountain.”

“Are we sure they’re friendly?” asked Engrem.  “We did just tear up this field!” Read the rest of this entry »

Hi’Hemide-1

October 4, 2018

This is the first installment of what I hope to be a series of ‘glimpses’ from the first contact between koplushiandand breehahs.  These are not meant to be ‘chapters’ in a larger work, nor full blown, necessarily complete stories.  Depending on how things go, I may be able to sew them together one day.  We can hope.  To see the other installment (once there are some,) look for the link in the tags for ‘hihemide’. Read the rest of this entry »

Ashkenahsten

September 25, 2018

Ashkenahsten

(The Koplushian Apocalypse)

The Apocalypse refers to a period in Koplushia’s early history during which the planet Norm launched a massive attack against Koplushia in an attempt to destroy them. While the actual attack reached Koplushia in 1073 I.E., Norm was preparing for such a move long before. Read the rest of this entry »

Word of ‘the day’

August 17, 2018

I’ve decided to post an occasional ‘Word of the Day’ in one of my conlangs, mostly breehah over on Instagram. If you want to follow them, just go and Follow @planet_koplushia on Instagram.

The posts will be more than just a word.  I’ll be including the definition, the layman’s pronounciation, some information where appropriate, and even the word written in glyphs when available. Here is the first post, so you can see what I’ll be doing. Read the rest of this entry »

Hi’Hemide

April 23, 2018
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Kernel of an idea for the look of a Koplushian landing craft of the period.  They don’t have transporters like on Star Trek.

Been thinking lately of trying to write a bit of fiction again. It would be a short piece about the first contact between the Koplushians and the breehah. I’ve gotten as far as naming a few of the characters and (perhaps) deciding where the story would begin. Stuff like that remains up in the air until it actually gets written in. The problem will be deciding where to end the story as if the whole entire tale were told, it might be novel length and I do NOT want to try that again, at least not now.

The title of this post means ‘the first meeting’ in the breehah language.

 

Apollo 13 (XIII) Returns to Earth

April 17, 2018

April 17, 1970

With the world anxiously watching, Apollo 13, a U.S. lunar spacecraft that suffered a severe malfunction on its journey to the moon, safely returns to Earth.

On April 11, the third manned lunar landing mission was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying astronauts James A. Lovell, John L. Swigert, and Fred W. Haise. The mission was headed for a landing on the Fra Mauro highlands of the moon. However, two days into the mission, disaster struck 200,000 miles from Earth when oxygen tank No. 2 blew up in the spacecraft. Swigert reported to mission control on Earth, “Houston, we’ve had a problem here,” and it was discovered that the normal supply of oxygen, electricity, light, and water had been disrupted. The landing mission was aborted, and the astronauts and controllers on Earth scrambled to come up with emergency procedures. The crippled spacecraft continued to the moon, circled it, and began a long, cold journey back to Earth.

The astronauts and mission control were faced with enormous logistical problems in stabilizing the spacecraft and its air supply, as well as providing enough energy to the damaged fuel cells to allow successful reentry into Earth’s atmosphere. Navigation was another problem, and Apollo 13‘s course was repeatedly corrected with dramatic and untested maneuvers. On April 17, tragedy turned to triumph as the Apollo 13 astronauts touched down safely in the Pacific Ocean.

Do you speak humanish?

April 14, 2018

breehah shirt cpEver since I created the Breehah alphabet I’ve wanted to make this shirt. In English it says ‘Do you speak Earthish?” which in the breehah language would be ‘Hais horpe kahpoohorgah?’  Buy yours now while they last!

Normian Language? Which One?

March 22, 2018

In my youth my friend helped me draw up outlines of several languages for our science fiction universe (here called the Koplushian Alliance.) (He helped me a lot, actually.)

I’m not much of a linguist.  I don’t pretend to be.  I don’t play one on television or radio.  I also don’t know all the techie terms about things like cases, genders, modes, etc. What I do is to have fun with language creating.

So the planet Norm is where the Koplushians are from, and when they first escaped the oppression on their home world they spoke what we originally developed as Old Koplushian.  Old Kop was developed initially as a completely separate language with very little or nothing in common with modern Koplushian. As it turns out, this doesn’t really work.  When the Koplushians left they likely spoke a hodge podge of several languages, so I’ve ret-conned Old Koplushian as what was then called Mornerthian. I still call it Old Koplushian though.

On Norm there were three super powers, the republics of Mornerth and Defyoo, and the Dizhen Empire.  So Old Koplushian is now Mornerthian (Mornerthiset) and I’ve continued to develop it using mostly roots from Koplushian.  Some of the words differ because…

The language we previously called Old Koplushian, I took and made into a separate language called Defyooan (Defyanth).  Some of its roots have survived into Old Koplushian, but I treat it as a separate, almost archaic language.

Normian, which I have renamed Dizheth, was always separate and I have kept it so.  Dizheth is fun because it was the product of an oppressive society, thus I can put in all kinds of non-PC items, like the word for ‘woman’ and ‘wife’ resembling the word for property and ‘beautiful’ resembling ‘ripe’. I figure Dizheth is still fairly irregular because it hasn’t had any willing changes or simplifications from imigration or such. The powers that be on that planet probably keep the status quo pretty well.

Koplushian and Mornerthian are a very egalitarian languages, but Modern Koplushian contains a few artifacts from its past such as formal/informal cases on some of its plurals (much like the difference between ‘greetings’ and just ‘hello’.)

So really there is no one Normian language.  I’m sure in reality there are at least dozens, though how many have survived to modern times no one knows.

Pandla Basics 1 – Phrases

March 12, 2018

vritian empireI’ve just  put up the second TinyCards deck for Pandla. This one has some phrases in it.  The deck is here. [link]

I’d like to mention something about the pronunciation here.  The vowels are the pure ‘operatic’ vowels, like in Esperanto, but there are a few exceptions like ‘ou’ sounding like ‘ow’. Each vowel is sounded as well, so a word like ‘kaele’ is pronounced kah-eh-leh, not, for example, kayleh.  Any preceeding ‘m’ is usually prounounced alone, not blended, so ‘mkui’ is spoken as M-koo-ee.

Soon I’ll probably create a deck of short phrases like hello and good-bye.  Later I may start translating what Mugbie Elo said in my short story Terra Incognita.  He was likely speaking Koplushian at the time, but, well…