Conlangs! Constructed languages in literature discussion

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D.R. Merrill (dezmerrill) | 7 comments Mod
Two questions for you:

1) What role does your conlang play? Is it just window dressing, or does it provide a focus for themes and ideas?

2) Has your conlang taken on a life of its own? Do you keep working on it, or have you put it on a shelf somewhere once the book is done?


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D.R. Merrill (dezmerrill) | 7 comments Mod
For the Kiitra language in Lamikorda:

1) It's a major "set piece," giving the novel more verisimilitude. But I've also used it to raise ideas about how we convey concepts in language. So, for example, there is no singular verb for "apologize" in Kiitra, but there is the compound form persh (ara) kijem [to beg (one) to forgive].

2) Kiitra was quite functional by the time I completed the novel, but I've continued to expand its lexicon (now over 3600 entries).


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