|Conworld:||A circumbinary planet|
|Total Speakers:||6 million|
|Genealogical classification:|| Proto-Lamona|
- Old Lortho
|Basic word order:||Verb-Subject-Object|
|Brian Bourque||Conceived in 2003, Manifested in 2017|
Lortho is an a priori constructed language created by Brian Bourque in the beginning of 2003. It originally started as a prop for a strategy board game where only the script was created for aesthetics. It is an agglutinating language with some minor fusional aspects.
The people (Kalanune) who speak Lortho live on Dhamashi, a circumbinary plant which has two natural satellites. The planet's surface has many similarities to Earth where it has oceans, mountains, deserts, and forests. The planet has three major continents: Mashonu, Kashti, and Lamona. The Kalanune live on Lamona.
- 1 Inspiration
- 2 Phonology
- 3 Orthography
- 4 Grammar
- 5 Verbs
- 6 Moods
- 7 Sample Text
- 8 Folklore
- 9 Resources
A friend was creating a board game similar to Risk; however, instead of taking place on Earth, this new game was to take place on an inter-planetary scale. The game creator wanted to develop an extraterrestrial theme and requested a fictional script. The name of the race on this game is "Lortho" and thus the seed was planted. Brian was unable to work on this piece for quite sometime until he joined the CONLANG mailing list and observed both seasoned and novice conlangers discussing all aspects of linguistics. Since then he decided to move forward and bring Lortho into fruition. The language itself was not invented until the spring of 2016.
Much of the language stems from the languages that Brian knows, namely Persian, French, and Korean. Although the language is a priori, much of its construction resembles that of an Indo-European flavor; albeit unintentionally. The phonology is largely inspired by Persian (Farsi) in that each letter is strictly pronounced regardless of their position in the the syllable/word. The agglutinating aspect of the language was largely influence by both Hungarian and Finnish. The orthography was inspired by Central/East Asian orthographies which is further expounded below.
Another source of inspiration is Brian's daughter. Through her development of learning how to make speech sounds leading to coherent speech and communication, she "created" words to communicate her wants and needs. Some of these words found their way into the Lortho lexicon.
|Plosive||p pʰ||b||t tʰ||d dʰ||k kʰ|
|Tap or Flap||ɾ|
|Lateral Approximant||l lʰ|
There are five vowels in Lortho which are strictly pronounced regardless of placement or stress.
|Front||Near- front||Central||Near- back||Back|
There are four diphthongs in Lortho:
The syllable structure is (C)V(V)(C).
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For ease of reading outside of its script, a system of Romanization has been developed as shown in the tables below.
Lortho is an alphabet written from left to right. It consists of 21 letters, one of which is a vowel.
The vowels are written as ligatures:
Lortho has ten cases. The following word will be used for demonstration:
kansaptha (n. neut.) forest, woods
|Accusative||-me||kansapthame||forest (direct obj.)|
|Dative||-mela||kansapthamela||forest (indirect obj.)|
|Genitive||-nalo||kansapthanalo||of the forest|
|Sublative||-ina/ena||kansapthaina||in/into the forest|
|Ablative||-(e)nat||kansapthanat||out of (from) the forest|
|Allative||-dan||kansapthadan||to/towards the forest|
|Prolative||-danar||kansapthadanar||through the forest|
|Instructive||-len||thomidin kansapthalen||I live off of the forest|
|Vocative||fa(l)-||fakansaptha, lharid!||Run, forest!|
The possessives are formed by using personal prefixes to the nouns. The same word kansaptha will be used in the table below.
Gender and Number Agreement
There are three rules for noun-adjective-verb agreement:
- Verbs must match number and gender of the noun.
- Adjectives must match noun gender, but not number or grammatical case.
- When a specific noun is counted, the noun does not take the plural since the ordinal number denotes pluralization.
|We walk through their forest||malhirinan limakansapthadanar|
|He sat on his chair||shailanikhi lidhammoina|
There are three major verb types: -o verbs, -t verbs, and -n verbs. Each follow a general rule for conjugation.
-o verbs are conjugated by subtracting the -o and adding the personal endings.
-t verbs are conjugated by changing the -t to -d then adding the personal endings
-n verbs keep their infinitive form and personal endings are simply added to the verb. The exception to this rule is the verb [hɑɾlɑn] to be, which will be discussed later.
| -o Verbs konpharo [kon.'pʰɑ.ɾo] to speak
| -t Verbs phramit ['pʰɾɑ.mit] to push
| -n Verbs shailan [ʃɑɪ.'lɑn] to sit|
|konpharin, konpharun||konpharinan, konpharunan||phramidin, phramidun||phramidinan, phramidunan||shailanin, shailanun||shailaninan, shailanunan|
|konpharanni, konpharannu||konpharamin, konpharamun||phramidanni, phramidannu||phramidamin, phramidamun||shailananni, shailanannu||shailanamin, shailanamun|
|konphari, konpharu, konphara||konpharimi, konpharimu, konpharima||phramidi, phramiu, phramia||phramidimi, phramidimu, phramidima||shailani, shailanu, shailana||shailanimi, shailanimu, shailanima|
At present, there are very few irregular verbs in Lortho; however, the irregular verbs which do exist are somewhat regular in their own right. One such verb is harlan to be.
The verb harlan is conjugated slightly different from the regular -n verbs. The -an is dropped and then the personal endings are added to the root, harl-.
| harlan [hɑɾlɑn] to be|
The passive voice is formed by adding the suffix -im after the root before any other additional suffixes. The passive voice does not apply to the present tense.
- madhit (madhid-) v. to give
madhid-ikh-i i khanishu-me u-melaHe gave the book to her
give-PST-3MSG PN.3MSG book.F-ACC PN.3FSG-DAT
- In this example, the verb agrees with the subject he (i).
madhid-im-ikh-u khanishu-me u-melaThe book was given to her
give-PASS-PST-3FSG book.F-ACC PN.3FSG-DAT
- In this example, the verb agrees with book since there is no subject initiating the action.
The imperative form of the verb is simply the root with the vocative case (which can be either implied or explicit).
- famannu, konphar!
- Hey you, speak!
- fanamin, nathar namineme!
- Hey you, be quiet! (lit. quiet yourselves)
- fabrian, shailan!
- Brian, sit!
- konpharo (konphar-) v. to speak
- natharo (nathar-) v. to quell, pacify
- mannu pronoun you (fem. sing.)
- namin pronoun you (masc. pl.)
- shailan (shailan-) v. to sit
|konpharin lorthome||I speak Lortho|
|Sample text in Lortho script. Text taken from Relay 24 in CALS|
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