Áya Dan YouTube channel

Raye Chell Mahela

Screenshot of Áya Dan channel on YouTubeClick here to visit the channel

A bit ago, I set up the Áya Dan YouTube channel, though due to lack of time, did not upload any videos to it. Last night, I migrated my videos from my Esperanto, Ido, and Láadan YouTube channels over here, so there is at least some content now!

Goals

The goal of the YouTube channel is the same as the blog:

  • First, to be a collaborative space for people to post about, or in, conlangs.
  • Secondly, Áya Dan is meant to also give a platform to amplify peoples’ voices, especially when it comes to social issues. One of the original blogs that was merged into Áya Dan was “La Aliuloj”, which was started as a LGBTQIA+ Esperanto blog.
  • Third, to build original content around conlangs – not just translations of existing works (though translations and reworkings are somewhat allowed). We want to encourage the creation of unique content from people with various viewpoints and backgrounds.

And, all conlangs are welcome!

Contributing

Sometimes people send me little news updates and I will post about that, or if someone would like to contribute a one-off blog post or video, we can upload those for you. If you would like to be a regular contributor, and have access to the channel/blog to upload content whenever you have free time, please email me at Rachel@Moosader.com !

 

 

Laadan.club – Láadan community

Raye Chell Mahela

Laadan Club screenshot

I’ve set up a community website for Láadan as a way for us to gather together in one area, without having to make Facebook or Reddit or Livejournal accounts. This can better respect peoples’ privacy but still allow participation in our community.

The site contains a forum and a community blog right now, so if you’re registered for the forum you can also post your Láadan works in the blog. There’s also an RSS feed page, so if you know any places that post about Láadan and want me to add the feed to that page, let me know!

If you’re interested in conlangs or Láadan, if you’re learning Láadan or want to learn it someday, or want to discuss preserving and expanding the language, please join us!

Laadan.club

Suzette Haden Elgin’s other conlangs

Raye Chell Mahela

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.

suzette

(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.

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Excerpts from A First Dictionary and Grammar of Láadan

Raye Chell Mahela

I’ve built a Creative Commons Láadan grammar lesson on Wikibooks because the book itself obviously is a property, and because the Amberwind lessons don’t have a license attached to them (though the website has been down for a while and Áya Dan is hosting a backup of it).

But one of the ways to really practice a language is to have something to read.

I’m essentially still learning, myself; it’s one thing to boil down grammar rules into a book, but it’s another to be really comfortable (and correct) in using the language.

So, at my discretion, I’m going to post some excerpts from the Láadan grammar book – some of the reading practice material that comes after the grammar and the dictionary. These practice items are really helpful because they have Láadan, English, and word-by-word breakdowns.