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Nonlen

Nonlen is a constructed language (conlang), which actually means "name (of the) language". I've been designing it for several months, and now I feel it's time to put it online.It's actually a project about thinking and about representation of knowledge.

Nonlen is designed to be as easy as possible, while being at the same time a full-fledged language, which can be used to express all kinds of thoughts.

Here are some features:

  • Nonlen is easy to pronounce, most speakers of the world's biggest languages will have to acquire only very few (or no) new sounds. On the other hand I wanted it to contain enough phonemes (sounds) to express most of the international words.
  • Nonlen is very flexible, as it is a mixture of an apriori and an aposteriori language. There are 210 basic syllables that have an easy sound structure and represent basic concepts. By combining these 210 syllables you can produce any possible word, and thought. In other words, Nonlen is oligosynthetic. Some of the syllables are quite simple concepts as "animal", "woman", or "to write", whereas other syllables stand for "verb", "opposite of", or "passive voice". On the other hand there are words taken from other languages, many of them "international words" as "bus", "matematik", or "total".
  • Nonlen is as logical as possible. There are almost no limitations to combining words. So one rule is: If it makes sense, it is correct.
  • Nonlen is multimodal. There are several ways to speak and write Nonlen. You can write Nonlen with the Latin (English) alphabet, which is mostly done on this site too, There is a special alphabet designed for writing Nonlen. There is also a syllabary, an system of small signs for every basic syllable. Furthermore there is a sign language system for the hearing impaired, and for situations where communication by sound is not possible.
  • Nonlen is very simple. There is a very simple syntax, which is strictly right-branching. This means you always put the main word first, and then you add the specifications. This makes the grammar very simple. There is no need to study irregular forms, neither on a grammar level, nor on a syntactic level.

Mi rengenaulen
Me person-get-know-speak
I am a language student.

Nonlen is definately not the first language of this kind, and I got my inspirations from a whole lot of other languages, both natural and invented, like English, Chinese, Esperanto, Toki Pona, Lojban, Sasxsek, Dublex, Ithkuil, aUI, Ro, Sona,...

The development of Nonlen is an ongoing process, and I am not sure whether it will ever come to an end. But I am looking forward to getting all kinds of reactions from you, how you like it, how to improve it.