Thaya, the philosopher's conlang

This is a conlang I'm making with the quite serious intention of getting people to speak it. Yes, it's a crazy uphill battle, but the amount we have to gain from a better language is staggering.

See also Spem, my previous attempt at this project, and the explanation there.

Spem, the philosopher's conlang

The phenome and alphabet

Dictionary search

The goal is that you should be able to learn the language mostly just by reading the dictionary, but a few concepts get dedicated articles:

Verb objects

Multiple predicates

The tense system

Linking clauses


Demonstrative- and quantifier-type compounds

Degree modifiers

Articles that aren't strictly about learning the language:

Design insight: the tradeoffs of parts of speech

The phonetic mapping: each sound's ideographic profile as I perceive them

So, here are the reasons why the world needs this so badly, and why Esperanto or others won't do.

Philosophical accuracy

The language you speak has an enormous impact on the way you think, and likewise the language a society speaks has an enormous impact on its culture. I'd go as far as to say *most* prevalent harmful ideas can be traced to our languages suggesting them (note that most of these points apply to most or all natural languages):


Emotion philosophy

Esperanto doesn't address most of these problems.

Ease of learning

It would be a massive benefit if children learned to communicate faster. One reason is that they could learn other things and mature faster, but a more important one is that a person incapable of sophisticated communcation is much less likely to be treated as a person. Hence children and animals being the two most brutally oppressed groups.

General design philosophy

Another example is causation. English says "I made X do Y", but Thaya says "I caused that X do Y". Thaya's grammar is more intuitive and more flexible - sometimes in English when the make-verb construction doesn't seem to cut it we end up saying something like "I made it so ..." which sounds a little awkward. Thaya's grammar works anywhere.

Obviously these goals clash often and it's not always clear how to prioritizing them, but I tried to list them in order of descending importance.

Broad concrete choices

Basically there are "entity words" or descriptors in Thaya that just pile together to describe an entity. The entity has whatever traits the descriptors specify, and all descriptors are created equal.

Adjectives before or after nouns?

Although I don't plan to grammatically distinguish the two I think we should still have a custom for it. If there's a custom then whether the custom is followed can be used to convey additional information, such as reversing the order being used to emphasize.

I've developed the de facto standard of adjectives-first, but I'm open to having my mind changed.


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