New Kēlen Vocabulary: maþālōn




If there are going to have pirates speaking Kēlen, then I need a word for pirate. maþālōn can also be used to refer to kidnappers and thieves, since the root -þāl- means seize, take, capture.

la liēn λi maþālōn malūta Ropertes; wa mammārenien rēha;

I am the Dread Pirate Roberts. There will be no survivors.

New Kēlen Vocabulary: jīlwerre



This is a new word coined from two roots: -īλ- and -wēr-, roughly cloth + name. So, flag, for the most part.

Example sentence:

pa ñiēþ jīlwerrenle anxōnne ja ñi anλāta;

Our flag means death.

So some people contacted me about using Kēlen in an RPG, which is fine by me, as it is non-commercial use. In their game, the pirates speak Kēlen!

More pirate vocabulary in a few days!




This is the word for south-east. It might be derived from –lāj– ‘mountain’. Unlike the other direction words, this one has a slightly irregular paradigm. Most of the direction words vary between a form that ends with –ien and a form that ends in –ie. The nouns, both singular and stative, use the –ien form, as does the – form. The – and – forms use the –ie form. For example, using yesterday’s word:

jahāwien the south-west
sūhāwien at or in the south-west
rāhāwie to the south-west
rūhāwie from the south-west

With today’s word the forms are: jalātaren, sūlātaren, rālātie, rūlātie. I have no idea where that –r– came from, nor where it went.




This is the word for “west”, and as “east” is derived from a stem meaning “beginning, so “west” is derived from –ōrr– “end”.




This is the direction “north-west” and is derived from the stem –tār– “falling” though it probably refers to another word derived from –tār-, namely jatārharrien (Sep 13, 2010) “waterfall” as the legendary City of Waterfalls (Ä€ttarein) was in the north-west.




Since I just did the words for far and near, I thought I’d do directions. I’ve already done “east” jānnien (Nov 30, 2010) and I’ve done the attribute “north” (Oct 31, 2010), but not the direction itself. So: jasīrien means the north. It is derived from the stem –sīr– “dry”.