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Gendatalina ('Pause' or 'Timeless') by Samantha-Wright Gendatalina ('Pause' or 'Timeless') by Samantha-Wright
This text symbolizes the frustration of a woman who has found herself leaving Thet during the Gryphon dynasty, a period in which an authoritarian government harassed and persecuted minorities and nonconformists while maintaining a cold war with an ancient foe (the Hogedep.) It is her goal to start a family and live a normal life, and she is reflecting on the bitter reality that she must do so on a world known for its infertility and gruesome history.

The Lilitic translation on this took a long time to do; there were many new pieces of grammar that had to be constructed to complete the picture.

Phonology and Alphabet · Dictionary · Grammar

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Solí illai vis, khé kedobíyerías oshé alaifoiniñkai iv ighú-lú tsas atetíau thanatelíal thelekhtil kai vis.

Ekla Illera sainí koisas vis.

La kelsuntanías viris, khé keltshentanías vil kin.

La vis enzí melías tsila nohis hé tsila il Lilitina vis.

Robéú tes re, Telaífe, tshayekhta oshé kedoplekal tsilú múrúkuríús ílú ole vis alezilleponarbías vis.

Ekla olú vis, tsoines lapína-múrínedení ibedaflai, tsilai lúbedlapías vis, khé tsilai khraleshir gendafustedzhurí fíyéthawa il Lerapome, tsús sefrí sasithais atshai vis des keldothí kosithekhtíai il Tshentina haisitheshis kin.

Enzí tsoines bepteneí kedoplelai hé shúkogeneí fernowelai sainí thelvíai aloshéfuríais thahis, khé rokis tsé sai eryes stillaklai tsilai tsoines vis udzhis.

Olíel la thelekhtil, khé la íomanazet il saní stina wonil tsoines siméwú tsilé sa wonir alezkin.

La yesithet il Zhofekhtía-la, shú troget il Gripso-lo, shú yeflovét il Serpo-lo atalai woisil.

Zeléú, la aleponías vil; yeresí aleponyera iv efdúshkí ketabazai-lai tsilai olíal tshotanai kossezaʳlemir.

Khé thoies laní leroletekhtíawa, tshoines alesturí bedlapíptina, híéú sa natúmúril.

English:

There are few things harder to swallow than the thought of raising a child in a graveyard.

But Illera is our home.

It was the first; it may very well be the last.

It is the sole remaining place that is truly and entirely of the Lilitai.

Perhaps to you, Telau, hope for returning to a rock as plague-haunted as this is incomprehensible.

But it is here, in the mineral-poisoned cave waters, icy and tinged with the mirthless pink of cobalt, that the stars are so quiet that the hoarse whispers of the past can be heard.

It is only in the dripping stones and boiling tableaux that our souls become clear, and allow us to peer into the gods within.

Here, she shall grow, and she shall learn the ways of my people in a manner which I could not.

She will not know the echo of the Shattering, or the talons of the Gryphon, or the coils of the Snake.

Instead, she shall be free; freer even than the doomed nomads who first settled here.

And through her sprouting in the bitter frost, I too shall heal.
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studentofrhythm Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is tremendously inspirational to me!  Thank you!
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Happy to be of service—lemme know if you have any questions.
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Kasumi-Lotus Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist
I love your script!  It's so pretty :iconloveloveplz:
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks! It's gotten slightly prettier since I made this picture and the other one you favourited. I'll put up an update soon!
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Kasumi-Lotus Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist
You're welcome!  And I can't wait!
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chashio Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nice prose. It's a very intriguing, in-depth glimpse of a culture. Inspiring.
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks. :) I've been working on more, too—a lot more.
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juhhmi Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The look, sound and story all combine into awesomeness!
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks. :) Recently I've been working on the history of the language's dialects, so I may end up re-writing this to be more contemporary.
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juhhmi Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Starting from dialects, they are a great way of adding new languages as well.
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
They certainly can be! In Lilitika's case, there isn't enough time (or physical separation) for full languages to arise; they're more like fashions in grammar and vocabulary. The language was only spoken for a thousand years or so by a relatively small community of people who were capable of living up to twenty times that long, which also slowed its evolution as speakers became stuck in their habits. Its predecessor and successor languages, though, definitely underwent lots of speciation events.
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juhhmi Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, sounds interesting!
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kyberhai Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beware those hoarse whisperers!
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Lozenges all around.
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JaiLatte Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooooh, absolutely breath-taking! Is this a font or hand written. Kudos either way! :clap:
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks! Handwritten on an entry-level Wacom. I've wanted to make a font for Lilitic for a long time, but I'm still massaging the ductus and developing plausible everyday letterforms (though you can see some here, such as where the U and V shaped vowels (a and e) link to the lower stemline like in English cursive handwriting, instead of either floating or being tied to the upper stemline.) There are also a few letters that are still illogical and atrocious ("v", "y", and "dzh" are the worst offenders) and could probably use alternate forms.

Sooner or later, though, I'll turn out a font, probably with a lot of OpenType magic so that the letters take on the right combining forms and all you have to do is type the correct phonetic representation. I experimented in the past with a pixel font that had special combining forms, but the result was so inorganic that it didn't feel like Lilitic at all.
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JaiLatte Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No way! I have a tablet to. What program do you use?
Myssela letters are a little wonky too so it can't be all blocky.
Guess it just takes a lot of patience but maybe some day!
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Illustrator has been sufficient for pretty much everything. I occasionally try drawing letters directly in Photoshop, but PS is notoriously bad for painting because of its colossally complex brush engine. What do you use?
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JaiLatte Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
paint.net Can't afford a legitimate program. Works for me though I don't think it would too much help for a font. Can't control the brush very well.
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You may want to try Inkscape. It's a vector program (so you can manipulate strokes after making them), and you'll get much better performance out of it. And it too is free! I've heard a lot of great things about it, but I'm not completely sure if they've worked out all of the tablet support bugs yet.
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tlhakujunkan Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks amazing, and the words! I wish I had such poetic vocab in my conlangs.
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks! There are a few loose translations; "mirthless" is really "joyless," "hoarse" is really "loud" or "rough-sounding", and a lot of the more sophisticated adjectival clauses get rendered as "x which was y", but I've made a real conscious effort lately to flesh out Lilitic in a prosaic capacity. The culture that originated the language is very heavily artistic, so it's pretty critical that their tongue reflect that side of them.
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tlhakujunkan Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I also use loose translations - I think there isn't any way around that - but I think that being able to use those for a particular word like 'mirthless' shows development in semantics. You might not think of it right away, but eventually those words might take a permanent change in meaning and you come up with new ones to cover the more generalized meaning. At least, that happened to me when I started introducing loanwords. ^_^ I like that your language and culture are so closely connected - it's great to have such an open door to expression!
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yep! I've got a number of words that have set meanings already—dzafekwía (perhaps more elegantly Romanized as "japhequia") literally translates into "one who asks questions professionally," but as the Lilitai would have had a very small population when the construction was first used, instead of meaning "interrogator" or "detective" the word came to mean "student." There aren't too many loanwords in the language yet, although there is a back-construction built on one ("thanatelía" = graveyard = θανατος (Greek for "death") + elía (Lilitic for "place")) which I had to invent because the equivalent native construction, hefrekíelía (corpse-place), sounds too much like hefrelía, "place where killing occurs routinely."

I considered building on the Lilitic word for moving on to the afterlife (neptarleshé, "to be recovered" or "to be taken afterwards")... but the Lilitai were space-faring nomads when they first came to Illera, as it says in the text, and so their custom was to cremate and then spread the ashes on their crops, which means that a neptarleshelía is actually a very fertile area. Hence, a foreign word to represent a foreign concept—the idea of a graveyard as a cold and lonely place. (Similarly, "sprouting" in the last line was "flowering" originally, but I realised that the Lilitai consider flowers and fruit to be very sexual, and that this would not be appropriate.)

I expect Lilitic will acquire a lot of loanwords as it evolves, because this version of the language is one that was hacked together by (essentially) escaped slaves who were almost completely stripped of their old culture. As they re-encounter other species, who adopt and re-purpose Lilitic as a common tongue because of its grammatical power and institutional prestige, it will have a lot of Latin and Greek vocabulary injected into it by the Lyrisclensiae (a race of scholars), as well as elements of other languages that are distant descendants of modern languages.

...Sorry for talking your ear off!
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tlhakujunkan Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so awesome I could've read way more than that! XD Also, neptarleshelía is a really cool word. Do you find that sometimes a native word comes back from being borrowed with a slightly different nuance, or a different meaning entirely? I have that with two of my languages, and sometimes, for example between racel and ddamychal, one will take a loanword from the other that ends up being a loanword from a totally other language and their different phonologies totally destroy the original, and the political and social situation during the time the word was borrowed heavily influences its use.
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I actually haven't gotten that far along yet—Lilitika is derived from a mixture of Oksirapho (a purely alien language) and Kuanid (a distant-future human language that is the mainline from which several other languages branch off), so to develop a sense for the whole family of languages*, I've chosen just to focus on Lilitika's development, mostly during the period in which it was isolated. After that I'm going to figure out which parts come from where (which shouldn't be too hard, as early Lilitika should look largely like Oksirapho but with Kuanid phonology substituted in due to... throat constraints), and then grow the other languages upward from a true Kuanid base.

Technically all of this actually makes this dA submission's text profoundly anachronistic, because it's written in a dialect older (from the author's perspective) than the Neanderthals are from ours. But because the Lilitai can live up to six thousand years, and yet live alongside people who may live for only a hundredth of that, linguistic dynamics get... weird.

It does seem probable that borrowings would repeatedly mutate word meanings though. We'll find out, I guess!

* Including: proto-Kuanid, post-contact Oksirapho, a branch of Kuanid called Roshagil, a Greek/Latin academic language created by native speakers of proto-Kuanid who wanted to artificially differentiate themselves called Glissía, as well as Modern Lilitic, which is the melting pot union of Lilitika, Kuanid, Roshagil, and Glissía.
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tlhakujunkan Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well at any rate, it'll be exciting to see what else you share with us! :)
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MagitekElite Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student General Artist
What a pretty script! Amazing working!
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks! I've spent a lot of time on it.
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MagitekElite Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student General Artist
You are welcome! :D

It is beautiful, and looks very 'realistic', too.
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It's taken a while to get it to the point of feeling realistic, but the trick with giving life to any conlang is to keep working with it. Dumb design decisions and Huffman coding mistakes quickly become apparent when you realise, say, a merchant or student in a hurry wouldn't put up with a cumbersome or difficult-to-read tongue. Ceremonial scripts may feel like more fun to design at first blush, but they feel much more rewarding when their letterforms are grounded in an interrelated common scrawl.
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Irolan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the script. It looks very esthetic and believable. Kind of like egyptian hieroglyphs gone handwriting. Did I say this before? Sounds familiar... in case I didn't, I did now. ;)
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You did, yes! I posted this largely because someone said that they wanted to see more—so, more. I've done a bit further work on trying to make the letterforms come across as more natural... in particular, é (last letter, fourth word) is no longer as rigid as in the official letter chart. I've also been working on the letter v (first letter of the last word in lines 1, 2, 4, and 5) to try and make it less cumbersome to draw, since it appears prominently at the start of the verb vé (to be) and has to be written quite a lot. The letterform for J (first letter, last word, line 9) should probably be scrapped completely since it requires three strokes and two intersections to draw correctly... other than those two, though, I think I could actually see this being used on a regular basis, like you said.
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