MJKJ’s question about draconic

August 14th, 2013  |  Published in Dragon Wars, Dragon Wars Background  |  4 Comments

Return of the questions!

MJKJ asks:

 

Ok, I think any of the dragons might be able to answer.

So, how does draconic sound and look like? (…and where can I learn it?)

 

Kadoran replies:

“As I told Andrew-idan our language is unique in being a spoken language which is only comprehensible if you’re a telepath. This is because it is inflected telepathically (mostly anyway – gender and pluralisation are both verbal -a, -an and -ri) and it has a very free word order so unless you’re a telepath you’ll be able to pick up the meaning of words but the grammar will be virtually impossible for you.

As to sound the most notable thing is the l’s are very liquid and r’s are trills, lots of stops and nasals. It’s close relative Lova is a tonal language and draconic retains the tone changes as an aesthetic feature though it’s lost any lexical or grammatical meaning. It would in theory be possible for you to learn Lova but you’d need a dragon or one of the Kithreiri to teach you.”

A/N:  For a little more information on draconic from the author’s perspective see this guest post I did last year. Conlanging is one of my hobbies but Draconic would be a nightmare to conlang in detail but if enough people are interested I would be willing to try and conlang Lova publically.

 

4 Responses to “MJKJ’s question about draconic”

  1. mjkj says:

    Thank you, Kadoran for the info – and also for the link.
    🙂

    PS: suspected typos and stuff:
    “As I told Andrew-idan our language is unique in being a spoken language which ** only comprehensible if you’re a telepath. => missing word suspected “is” => …spoken language which *is* only comprehensible if you’re a telepath.

    It’s close relative Lova is a tonal language and draconic retains the tone changes as an *asthetic* feature though it’s lost any lexical or grammatical meaning. => missing letter “e” => …retains the tone changes as an *aesthetic* feature though it’s lost any…

    Broken link at the Vote Incentive page: http://firebird-fiction.com/dragon-wars/mjkjs-question-about-draconic*http://* => the second “http://” is too much => http://firebird-fiction.com/dragon-wars/mjkjs-question-about-draconic

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