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Laoris, crafted by Anton Brejestovski for his work with Caprice, is one of the neatest constructed languages I've ever found. Laoris is limited to 14 consonants (v, vv, m, mm, d, k, s, f, q, r, n, l, p, t) and 5 vowels (a, i, o, u & e) in a vertical left-to-right style reminiscent of Ogham. The alphabet is meant to reflect the growth of a forest and each block of text ends up distinctly fern-y.

The q is pronounced as a soft 'r' while the r is pronounced like the Spanish or Russian 'r' (which is a little confusing; I don't know if I want to brogue my way through Lothlorien.) One of the odd but phonetically pleasant little rules about Laori is any affix attached to the stem takes on the form of the r-sound within the stem. It may not sound like much now but it makes all the difference in the world when you actually utter it; your mouth and throat don't have to play hop-scotch between the hard and soft r's in a single word. If you're prone to rolling your r's, however, you'll start off with a lot of growling at first but with time, you'll find it replaced with a soft elven purr.


from the Caprice website

I translated a recent haiku of mine into Laoris and the result was a little startling. Initially it read "Dawn is a whisper only a sleeping woman can hear" but after dicking around with the grammar, it became "sleeping women only hear dawn's whisper." The adverb always comes after the idea it defines and the adjective immediately before; "eisna i torpe fare." As the genitive is placed before it's owner, "dawn's whisper" became "whisper of dawn" with the possessive morpheme (-teri) affixed to the owner; "karia rreutari." Since the r-sound in the stem rreu is a hard r, the affix assumes the hard (-tari) as well. Were the stem aosiqaqi, the affix would assume the soft r in the form of a 'q' (-taqi).

Anyway, the final translation is Eisna i torpe fare i pel karia rreutari.

The written form of that appears in a vertical. The writer draws a gently curved line upwards and the consonants v, m, d, s, q, n and p are drawn on the right side of the stem while vv, mm, k, f, r, l and t are drawn on the left side. Vowels are placed in correspondence to the syllable it either follows or preceeds; a consonant-vowel (sa) combination is drawn with the vowel on the same vertical level opposite to it consonant. A vowel-consonant (er) combination is drawn with the vowel directly above its consonant on the same side of the stem.



I'll have a scan of my translated haiku for you sometime this weekend.

Here's the Laori section if you want to learn more. I probably confused the hell out of you, dear readers.

Did you know I'm a nerd? I had hoped you wouldn't notice.

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