24
Jan

Typing in Sindarin (Tengwar)

Since I now have my own webspace, I can finally reliably upload the fonts and keyboard layouts I create. I use Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator for layouts, and HighLogic Font Creator for my fonts, and I’m proud of each and every one of them and have already included my Mésylþo keyboard layout and Asuran font.

I’m posting because I just decided to add a combination of font and keyboard layout for perhaps the most famous conceptualized language: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Sindarin. Sindarin uses Tengwar as a writing system, which is an abugida — that is, each letter is made up of two parts: a consonant and a vowel, with the vowel in the form of a diacritic. It was therefore a lot of work to put every single syllabic glyph into the font as well as to set all the dead keys needed for the keyboard layout, but it does work, despite having been made back in 2009.

So, for those of you out there who really wish Elvish had Unicode representations, this is probably the next-best thing, and lets you type Sindarin using Tengwar (almost) just as you would type the romanization. Have fun!

21
Jan

Šurá Vórra!

by Geckat in Site

That is, at this point in time, “Hello World!” in Mésylþo — my earliest remaining conlang which, as do all languages, remains a work in progress.

This is my first post here, and I imagine posts from here on in will be thoughts of mine on language and language creation, or else large updates on relevant things I am working on, but since the relevant thing I am working on is this site, this post will be the exception.

As of now, the website is operational, as is the MediaWiki page that I will use to house everything related to my languages in development.  I do not believe in writing things that are not published, so everything from my grammars to my dictionaries to samples of writing and speech will be there, as well as downloads for fonts and keyboard layouts I have created for use with the languages.

Also as of the time of this writing, I have mostly tapered off working on the grammar for my latest conlang, Asuran, made for a pre-existing culture created by a third party and using a unique and troublesome mathematical element to its morphology, as well as an alphabet, inspired by the Phoenician alphabet. The Asuran project has been quite the merge of originality and unoriginality for me, and the interest in it that remained right up until people saw the “quantimorphology” section was fun.

I look forward to using this page to finally start documenting my hobby and passion, and perhaps inspire one or two other creative linguists somewhere in the world.