Update: I haven't edited these pages in over two years, and the e-mail addresses given here are no longer valid. If you want to contact me, please write to shinavier@hotmail.com and I'll get back to you within a few days. Regarding these pages, yes Arovėn is still very much alive and kicking, and I'm working on a completely new introduction to the language, complete with texts, images, recordings and a searchable dictionary, but when I'll find the time to finish it is anyone's guess.

Note on character encoding: the Danovėn alphabet makes use of five letters with diereses -- "ä, ė, ļ, ö, ü"; if these do not appear as "a, e, i, o, u" with two dots over each, then none of the Danovėn text on these pages will look right. If so, just set your browser to the standard Western alphabet and the text should become much more pronounceable

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Danovėn (literally "language of logic") is the strictly unambiguous form of Arovėn, the "language of thought" (which is the language most of this web site has to do with). Arovėn is, so far as we can speak of any language as being "complete", a complete *constructed* human language (or, in the local Net jargon, a "conlang") which is built to be an ideal medium for clear, precise communication of abstract ideas, as well as to serve the ordinary "natlang" purposes of everyday speech. Arovėn is "natural" in an altogether different way than languages which have evolved with a large speakership -- while these languages have *hundreds or thousands of years* of history behind them during which they've been free to adapt to suit the needs of their speakers, Arovėn is intrinsically natural in that it parallels and merges with human thought patterns used in higher reasoning and the constant ordering of perceptions and the structure we build with them, inferred reality. This website will introduce you to the basics patterns of the language, as well as what it looks and sounds like, its history, and a few simple texts. Should you read through this material and understand it, send me an e-mail; you will already have all the knowledge you need to speak basic Arovėn, in itself a fairly simple grammar, though somewhat tricky to get used to at first -- then of course come the surrealities of advanced Arovėn, but that's another matter entirely. Jėro damė! (i.e. enjoy the page) --JJS

From the outside:
Introduction to Danovėn and Arovėn
History / Outside influences
Questions and Answers
To the texts

From the inside:
The life of Jedas

Conlang Yellow Pages (current to March 29th)

Orya told, orya doln,
Ilsya ontlind, ilsya marlind,
Orya nėlhard, orya almhard,
Ilsya siltė, ilsya vestė,
Ay van lėlna tol em hil,
Ar'hilna old' Pėlénļe;
Env yora tarnyen fėrėlayne,
Ėlin holso tildėnļavyn nėl'oro.
Falcelfyėlļ rļne mandelėa vyen:
Nel sangļavėl fyėltalne el'ėlda falėn;
Dėt elva lėrkļ, gėlļ fėrelayne,
Ils dvļ fintļ dolma lėnėļerė,
Hanavay luvo tildėn-dvļan,
Enve paldo molven ilso lold ayn falcelfyėlļ äl.
Lėnduė, ha'damļ heldļ belde; dvļo'wentļvay:
Tarnynaynevė el jė'är ėlvelļ hetwļ jastin.

(The Arovėn translation of an excerpt from
Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream")

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These pages were last edited on March 16th, 1999
I'll be replacing that Shakespeare translation with an original Aroven poem I wrote (you have to appreciate how rare those are :) as soon as I once again have a computer which will let me type it, dots and all. I've used this particular opportunity to upload some new and updated chapters I've written lately along with some older missing chapters and to record and upload 58 new sound clips for the phonology and semantic sections. I'll be back on my own computer in Switzerland by March 20th.

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