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Name: The Elven Language (Imaginative, I know)
Native Name: Llorkëla /ˌɬoɾ.'kʼé.la/
Native Short Name: N/A

A Priori or Posteriori?: A Priori
Isolate or in a Family?: Llorësan family (dragon languages)
Inherited Language Features: Palatal laterals, ejectives, some vowel devoicing

How Many Numbers?: 4
Which Numbers?: Singular, dual, trial, plural

Native Script: Yes, though it is the only written Llorësan language.
Romanised?: Yes. The only diacritic is the diaresis, which indicates high tone. Why did I use the diaresis instead of the macron like Pinyin? Because a macron doesn't look Elvish. :P

Predominant Affix Type: Some prefixes, some suffixes, but no infixes here.
Variable or Absolute Suffixes?: Some amount of variance is planned.

Morphosyntactic Alignment: Tripartite (because I can)
Primary Word Order: SOV
Alternate Word Order: VSO (when using passive/antipassive)
Head Position: Don't know yet. I'm thinking it'll be more head-initial.
Language Type: This is the agglutinating black sheep; the other dragon languages are polysynthetic.

Different Registers?: Yes.
Amount of Registers: 3
Types of Registers: Formal/informal/dragon
How Are They Formed: Different syntax and lexical items.

Declined?: Yes.
Conjugated? Yes.

Amount of Phonemes: 29
How Many in Each Class?: 23 Consonants, 4 vowels, 2 semivowels
Basic Syllable Structure: (C)V
Significant Sound Changes?: Yes
Which (if any)?: /i/ -> /j/ for ia, ie, io

Tonality?: Yes
Amount of Tones: 2 tones: high/low
Phonemic Stress?: Yes (may change as I work the tonal system)
Amounts of Stress: Primary/secondary
Stress Position: usually initial, often final, occasionally penultimate

Affixes or (P)articles?: Mostly affixes, some particles.
Cases?: Yes.
Amount of Cases: Final number TBD, but currently
What Are They? Decided: Subject, agent, patient; locative, ablative, allative; genitive, possessive, dative, benefactive. Undecided: vocative, malafactive

Verb Categories: TAM Trifecta, but more aspect-obsessed.
Amount for Each Category: 4 tenses (distant past, recent past, present, future), TBD aspects (not a good sign for an aspect-obsessed language), TBD moods (definitely going to have optative and desiderative, but I'm thinking about jussive as well)
How Are They Formed?: Affixes.

Pronouns?: Yes.
How many Persons?: currently 3
Genders?: Masculine, feminine, dragon (m/f subgenders), other living things (animate), non-living things (inanimate)
Clusitivity?: Gender-inclusive or -nonspecific pronouns take feminine marking and agreement.

Adjectives Agree with Nouns?: Yes.
Where, if at all?: TBD

Honorifics?: Yes.
Dependant on: Species-based caste system for dragons, and elves are treated separately with their own class-based system.
Included How?: Mostly affixes.

Compounds and Derivations Frequency: TBD
Methods of Compounding:TBD
Methods of Derivation:TBD

Purpose of Conlang: Primarily an artlang; secondarily an engelang (I guess). I wanted to create an elvish language that was not influenced as much by Celtic languages, and I wanted to develop it from a dragon language, which I guess would also qualify as an engelang since I wanted to try and look at the physiological limitations on speech that they would have had. This is why Llorkxëla has no labiodentals.
Interesting Features?: Some evidentials are related to fire. In the original Proto-Llorësan, a jet of fire was a direct evidential, and a puff of smoke was a hearsay evidential. In Llorkxëla, those have become /xo̥/ and /ɸo̥/ respectively.
Problems?: It's currently just a sketch. But my biggest problem is going to be creating something other than Hra'anh. I've spent so much time on that language that it's the only thing running through my head. I'll also have problems working on tone. Well, time to study some native North American languages.
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Kajm Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Holy Cow.
I started something like this several decades ago... I should pick it up again, for my own writing.
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mbrsart Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Do it! Do it!
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ClockwerkMao Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
How does a gender-inclusive pronoun work here? "Those guys (and also girls)"?
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mbrsart Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes. Think of the prefix ge- in Esperanto. "Mia geamikoj," translates to "My friends of both genders." The same thing goes for "Mia gepatroj," or "My parents." Granted, ge- is a gender agreement marker for nouns, and not a pronoun itself, but the gender-inclusive pronoun works the same way in Llorkxėla.
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mbrsart Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Man, I bungled the agreement in that; it should be "Miaj geamikoj" and "miaj gepatroj", but whatever. I'm learning.
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