• Language: Vaior
  • Created: 1999
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  • Language family: personal language
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A constructed language by William S. Annis.

Vaior represents the merging of classical Greek grammar (simplified) and Inuktitut derivational processes (again, simplified in some ways, expanded in others) run through Quenya-like phonotactics. The result is the most coherent and beautiful language I've ever created.

Language sources: I was interested to see what would happen if I stuck to some fairly strict phonetic restrictions, which where in part inspired by Quenya. For example, the sound /b/ may only occur after /m l r/. For the rest of the language, Classical Greek and Inuktitut (Inuit language) had a very strong role. Some of the politeness requirements of the language, the calendar obsession, interesting vocabulary, and a few other small details were influenced by the authors C.J. Cherryh and Storm Constantine.

Fairly restrictive phonotactics, great flexibility in word creation, avoidance of the perfect symmetry of many of my other conlangs, and a willingness to indulge in modest irregularity.

At least one other person is learning Vaior seriously. A friend of mine discovered the web page -- originally intended only for the consumption of other conlangers -- and became fascinated by the word-building possibilities. I created a public mailing list to record our many conversations clarifying details, and this has attracted a number of lurkers, who sometimes pop up to chat.