Degaspregos


By the time you've reached this page, if you're like most people, you're probably wondering: "Why in the world would anyone be interested in making a new language? I mean, isn't the one they speak already good enough?" And the answer to these questions is, yes, most definitely. The thing is this: creating a constructed language has, historically speaking, rarely been an attempt to create a new method of communication.

Languages like Esperanto or Volapük, which were created with the idea that a common language would bring about peace through mutual understanding, while always having caught the lion's share of the attention directed at constructed languages, have never really made up a sizeable percentage of them. Indeed, personal languages, made for whatever purpose, from artistic or aesthetic creations like Tolkien's Quenya and Sindarin, to attempts to create perfectly "logical" languages like Loglan and its offspring Lojban, have always been the most numerous, if perhaps not the most well promoted, productions coming out of the Conlang community.

That having been said, my personal experience with conlanging began way back in highschool, after I had become a little disenchanted with Esperanto. It was a fun and above all easy language to learn, but there was something lacking in it; it lacked an interesting history, it lacked pinache. At or around the same time, I was delving into all sorts of interesting aspects of language and linguistics, and I began toying around with the idea of creating a language like that of my own. At the time, I truly wanted to create a language that would rid itself of the irregularities that even Esperanto had (unknowingly) kept, and also create one that was just plain more esthetically appealing. To accomplish that second feat, I researched into the history and structure of Proto-Indo-European to provide a good interesting background for the language to be built around. I gave it a spiffy name, Degaspregos, derived from *dhghém-, "earth", and *spreg-, "speak", as I liked the ambiguity between my goal to create a world language, and the fact that the Indo-Europeans were surely a people tied to and dependent on the earth.

As time progressed, however, and as I learned more about linguistics and how language structures operated, I came to feel this was an unrealistic 1 goal, as no language can be truly perfect in conveying information. The language thus came more and more to be a project in aesthetics, to develop a language which, the above fact notwithstanding, would be flexible and capable of conveying information accurately, and easily, and beautiful to my own tastes. So, although it was by no means just another Esperanto, it became more or less relegated, in my own mind at least, to that area of my psyche which dealt with things that are personal and sublimely meaningless expressions of creativity. Because I know these facts consciously, I have no interest in proselytizing my language as the Esperantists have done.

1 Here are some good essays explaining similar feelings I experienced with the whole problem: Rick Harrison's "Farewell to Auxiliary Languages" and " "Can language reflect reality?"


Here are just a few little notes for your usage of this page:


1. Phonology

2. Morphology

3. Syntax

  • 3.1 : Linguistic Typology
  • 3.2 : Wordorder
    • 3.2.1 : Its Relationship to Meaning
    • 3.2.2 : Verb arrangement
    • 3.2.3 : Adjective placement
  • 3.3 : Clause structure
    • 3.3.1 : Main Clauses
    • 3.3.2 : Relative Clauses
    • 3.3.3 : Conditional Clauses
    • 3.3.4 : Comparative Clauses
    • 3.3.5 : Causal Clauses
    • 3.3.6 : Purpose Clauses
    • 3.3.7 : Result Clauses
    • 3.3.8 : Concessive Clauses
    • 3.3.9 : Temporal Clauses

4. Lexicon

Miscellaneous Materials

  • 5. Some samples of the language:

  • 6. Various Reference Tables:
    
    
    

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