Suzette Haden Elgin’s other conlangs

Raye Chell Mahela

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Raye Chell Mahela

Raye Chell Mahela

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Images of aliens from the cover of Native Tongue books

Suzette Haden Elgin, the creator of Láadan and author of the Native Tongue book series (among others), had been working on a new novel prior to her health problems. According to her LiveJournal, she was in the process of re-writing it by hand.

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(http://ozarque.livejournal.com/657123.html?nojs=1)

How complete was the draft? Will it ever be released? Who knows…

The new novel was given the name Alien Tongues. As part of the novel, S.H.E. had also been working on new languages for the book: Thandi, Lenadess, Aubre, and Nangdi. On her official website, she posted the Swadesh Vocab List for these languages.

I’ve parsed these vocab lists to display them in a pretty table.


Aubre

# ENGLISH AUBRE PRONUNCIATION
0 all bish /bIsh/
1 ash tima /tIma/
2 baby pa;
3 bark assa;
4 belly gara;
5 big kral;
6 bird tenten /tEntEn/
7 bite blan;
8 black huth /huTH/
9 blood ul;
10 blue fecha /fecha/
11 bone kath /kaTH/
12 breasts shtanen /shtanEn/
13 burn stara;
14 child pak;
15 claw pith
16 cloud karaba;
17 come mihan /mIhan/
18 cold lenar /lEnar/
19 die felb /fElb/
20 dog loroth /loroTH/
21 drink tasha;
22 dry chenam /chEnam/
23 ear chek /chEk/
24 earth kren /krEn/
25 eat otho /otho/
26 egg kleraf /klEraf/
27 eye no;
28 feather linrilin /lInrIlIn/
29 fire gandi /gandI/
30 fish pikpik /pIkpIk/
31 flesh brek /brEk/
32 fly plesh /plEsh/
33 foot chal;
34 full nom;
35 give herrad /hErad/
36 good amar;
37 grease olon;
38 green mesalin /mesalin/
39 hair chezh /chezh/
40 hand lash;
41 head azha;
42 hear fiti /fiti/
43 heart bazhahan;
44 horn hepel /hEpEl/
45 hot hub;
46 I li /li/
47 kill nuf;
48 knee aketin /akEtIn/
49 know ashtan;
50 leaf mamin /MAmin/
51 lie robdan;
52 liver hulun;
53 long dorashi /dorashI/
54 make holod;
55 man fash;
56 many echa /echa
57 mountain kepelen /kEpElEn/
58 moon tahkah;
59 mouth daga;
60 name hafish /hafish/
61 neck prepeh /prEpEh/
62 new traba;
63 night berisa /BErIsa/
64 nose thach /THach/
65 not im /Im/
66 one dol;
67 path alerana /aLErana/
68 person breshel /brEshEl/
69 put oso;
70 rain lek /lEk/
71 red suk;
72 root inim /InIm/
73 round sopa;
74 sand sese /sEsE/
75 say glo;
76 see ferel /fErEl/
77 sky chul;
78 seed hok;
79 sit fend /fEnd/
80 skin indul /Indul/
81 sleep genesh /gEnEsh/
82 small ep /Ep/
83 smoke shibi /shIbI/
84 stand cheran /chEran/
85 star zha;
86 stone klep /klEp/
87 sun henne /hEnE/
88 tail aber /abEr/
89 that me /mE/
90 this ma;
91 tongue hassel /hasEL/
92 fet
93 tree anbess /anbEs/
94 two ta;
95 walk minmin /mInmIn/
96 water pehl /pEhl/
97 we elfe /ElfE/
98 what oyo;
99 white katahl;
100 who ayo;
101 woman afash;
102 work bipa /bIpa/
103 yellow fenath /fEnaTH/
104 you wod

Lenadess

# ENGLISH AUBRE PRONUNCIATION
0 all bish /bIsh/
1 ash tima /tIma/
2 baby pa;
3 bark assa;
4 belly gara;
5 big kral;
6 bird tenten /tEntEn/
7 bite blan;
8 black huth /huTH/
9 blood ul;
10 blue fecha /fecha/
11 bone kath /kaTH/
12 breasts shtanen /shtanEn/
13 burn stara;
14 child pak;
15 claw pith
16 cloud karaba;
17 come mihan /mIhan/
18 cold lenar /lEnar/
19 die felb /fElb/
20 dog loroth /loroTH/
21 drink tasha;
22 dry chenam /chEnam/
23 ear chek /chEk/
24 earth kren /krEn/
25 eat otho /otho/
26 egg kleraf /klEraf/
27 eye no;
28 feather linrilin /lInrIlIn/
29 fire gandi /gandI/
30 fish pikpik /pIkpIk/
31 flesh brek /brEk/
32 fly plesh /plEsh/
33 foot chal;
34 full nom;
35 give herrad /hErad/
36 good amar;
37 grease olon;
38 green mesalin /mesalin/
39 hair chezh /chezh/
40 hand lash;
41 head azha;
42 hear fiti /fiti/
43 heart bazhahan;
44 horn hepel /hEpEl/
45 hot hub;
46 I li /li/
47 kill nuf;
48 knee aketin /akEtIn/
49 know ashtan;
50 leaf mamin /MAmin/
51 lie robdan;
52 liver hulun;
53 long dorashi /dorashI/
54 make holod;
55 man fash;
56 many echa /echa
57 mountain kepelen /kEpElEn/
58 moon tahkah;
59 mouth daga;
60 name hafish /hafish/
61 neck prepeh /prEpEh/
62 new traba;
63 night berisa /BErIsa/
64 nose thach /THach/
65 not im /Im/
66 one dol;
67 path alerana /aLErana/
68 person breshel /brEshEl/
69 put oso;
70 rain lek /lEk/
71 red suk;
72 root inim /InIm/
73 round sopa;
74 sand sese /sEsE/
75 say glo;
76 see ferel /fErEl/
77 sky chul;
78 seed hok;
79 sit fend /fEnd/
80 skin indul /Indul/
81 sleep genesh /gEnEsh/
82 small ep /Ep/
83 smoke shibi /shIbI/
84 stand cheran /chEran/
85 star zha;
86 stone klep /klEp/
87 sun henne /hEnE/
88 tail aber /abEr/
89 that me /mE/
90 this ma;
91 tongue hassel /hasEL/
92 fet
93 tree anbess /anbEs/
94 two ta;
95 walk minmin /mInmIn/
96 water pehl /pEhl/
97 we elfe /ElfE/
98 what oyo;
99 white katahl;
100 who ayo;
101 woman afash;
102 work bipa /bIpa/
103 yellow fenath /fEnaTH/
104 you wod

Nangdi

# ENGLISH NANGDI PRONUNCIATION
0 all fang /fang[3]/
1 ash ekhawa /e-kha[1]-wa/
2 baby sham[3];
3 bark taeshiba /tae-shi[3]-ba/
4 belly la-la[1]-ba;
5 big fang[1];
6 bird hanidem /ha[3]-nI-dEm/
7 bite beshoda /bE-sho[1]-da/
8 black halana /ha-la[1]-na[1]/
9 blood fohlida’ /foh-li-da’/
10 blue hoyloynoy /hoy-loy[1]-noy[1]/
11 bone shoba /sho[1]-ba/
12 breasts loloba /lo-lo[1]-ba/
13 burn khadawa /kha[1]-da-wa/
14 child shamash /sha[3]-mash/
15 claw thada’ /THa-da’/
16 cloud meth /mETH[1]/
17 come neninaq /nE-ni[1]-naq/
18 cold pashoy /pa[3]-shoy[3]/
19 die foynala /foy[1]-na-la/
20 dog shabadem /sha[1]-ba-dEm/
21 drink lolidaq /lo[1]-lI-daq/
22 dry feshefesh /fe[1]-she-fesh/
23 ear shebanad /shE[1]-ba-nad/
24 earth prezha /pre-zha[1]/
25 eat lalidaq /la[1]-li-daq/
26 egg mash;
27 eye shobanad /sho[1]-ba-nad/
28 feather hanid /ha[3]-nId/
29 fire khawa /kha[1]-wa/
30 fish fohlidem /foh[3]-li-dEm/
31 flesh shiba /shi[3]-ba/
32 fly nesenan /nE-sE-nan[1]/
33 foot sheba /shE[1]-ba/
34 full fango /fang[3]-o/
35 give fangota /fang[3]-o-ta/
36 good tatina /ta-ti-na/
37 grease we /we[3]/
38 green holono /ho-lo[1]-no[1]/
39 hair shaba /sha[1]-ba/
40 hand shiba /shi[1]-ba/
41 head shaban /sha[1]-ban/
42 hear sheban /shE[1]-ban/
43 heart mame’ /ma-mE’/
44 horn fada’;
45 hot shoy /shoy[3]/
46 I lo /lo[3]/
47 kill nehahoy /nE-ha[3]-hoy/
48 knee shoba /sho[3]-ba/
49 know amaba /a[1]-ma-ba/
50 leaf breq /brEq/
51 lie hamana /ha-ma[3]-na/
52 liver sheba /shE[1]-ba/
53 long simasa /si-ma-sa[1]/
54 make weseda’ /we-se-da[1]/
55 man bada’;
56 many tetemon /te[1]-te-mon/
57 mountain afatho /a-fa[1]-THo/
58 moon gren /grEn/
59 mouth shuban /shu[1]-ban/
60 name woyo /wo[1]-yo/
61 neck shaeban /shae[1]-ban/
62 new filara /fi-la[3]-ra/
63 night nangdi /nang-di/
64 nose shoyban /shoy[1]-ban/
65 not pa /pa[3]/
66 one te /te[1]/
67 path barresh /bar-rEsh/
68 person da’;
69 put perinan /pe[1]-ri-nan/
70 rain lilinin /lI[1]-lI-nIn/
71 red hilini /hI-li[1]-ni[1]/
72 root kha’;
73 round lalasa /la-la[1]-sa/
74 sand prezhan /pre-zhan[1]/
75 say dothada /doth-a[1]-da/
76 see shobano /sho[1]-ba-no/
77 sky metha /me-THa/
78 seed thade /THa-de[1]/
79 sit hemena /he-me[3]-na/
80 skin sheba /shE[3]-ba/
81 sleep aqana /a-qa[1]-na/
82 small pafang /pa[3]-fang[1]/
83 smoke begheda /bE-ghe[3]-da/
84 stand homana /ho-ma[3]-na/
85 star tandan;
86 stone so /so[3]/
87 sun shess /shE[2]ss/
88 tail totah /to[1]-tah/
89 that ha /ha[3]/
90 this ho /ho[3]/
91 tongue wessina /wE-si[1]-na/
92 tooth epass /e-pas[3]/
93 tree taetae /tae[2]-tae[2]/
94 two tete /te[1]-te/
95 walk nesena /nE-se[1]-na/
96 water fohli /foh[3]-li/
97 we la /la[3]/
98 what weri /we-ri[1]/
99 white helene /he-le[1]-ne[1]/
100 who wera /we-ra[1]/
101 woman abada’;
102 work yiwa /yi-wa[1]/
103 yellow hulunu /hu-lu[1]-nu[1]/
104 you lu /lu[3]

Thandi

# ENGLISH THANDI PRONUNCIATION
0 all ban;
1 ash eba /EHba/
2 baby gal;
3 bark fale /faLE/
4 belly phonaphon;
5 big zhef /zhEf/
6 bird shala;
7 bite gim /gIm/
8 black fanal /faNAL/
9 blood mal;
10 blue funul;
11 bone rohan /ROhan/
12 breasts mamali /maMAli/
13 burn besh /bEsh/
14 child gala /GAla/
15 claw less /lEs/
16 cloud hali /HAli/
17 come bo;
18 cold fel /fEl/
19 die usha /Usha/
20 dog nep /nEp/
21 drink hal;
22 dry pha;
23 ear owa /Owa/
24 earth nali /NAli/
25 eat wal;
26 egg wo;
27 eye awa /Awa/
28 feather pelepah /PELEpah/
29 fire ebesh /EbEsh/
30 fish fifil /fifil/
31 flesh iwa /iwa
32 fly banga /BANGa/
33 foot pre /prE/
34 full ol;
35 give mella /mELA/
36 good ala /ala
37 grease hefe /HEfE/
38 green fenal /fENAL/
39 hair bilish /BIlIsh/
40 hand pra;
41 head ezhen /EZHEN/
42 hear howa /HOwa/
43 heart ama;
44 horn gref /grEf/
45 hot fal;
46 I o;
47 kill relh /rElh/
48 knee bage /BAgE/
49 know meteg /mEtEg/
50 leaf lelen /lElEn/
51 lie haghal;
52 liver esse /EsE/
53 long pesha /pesha
54 make freng /frEng/
55 man bi /bI/
56 many banna;
57 mountain geleff /gELEFF/
58 moon paligal /palIgal/
59 mouth menne /mEnE/
60 name shebe /shEBE/
61 neck fre /frE/
62 new lem /lEm/
63 night felena /fElEna
64 nose arah [stres
65 not wi /wI/
66 one ah;
67 path brema /brEma/
68 person be /bE/
69 put prin /prIn/
70 rain ilanila /IlanIla/
71 red fonol /foNOL/
72 root pe /pE/
73 round ho;
74 sand sheshe /shEshE/
75 say lo;
76 see hawa;
77 sky ilan /iLAN/
78 seed fren /frEn/
79 sit bahg;
80 skin iwan /iwan
81 sleep zhal;
82 small fezh /fEzh/
83 smoke hishi /hishi/
84 stand odan /odan
85 star rali /raLI/
86 stone mara;
87 sun pali /paLI/
88 tail ep /Ep/
89 that buha /buHA/
90 this buhe /buHE/
91 tongue shren /shrEn/
92 tooth doss;
93 tree lerren /lEREN/
94 two aha;
95 walk breng /brEng/
96 water la;
97 we oho;
98 what aless /aLES/
99 white fonal /foNAL/
100 who belel /bELEL/
101 woman ba;
102 work habega /habEGA/
103 yellow finil /fiNIL/
104 you sho

View my GitHub repository with the Python script I used to parse the files to HTML and CSV.

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