I would like to gather ideas for neologisms covering spatial positional/relational adjectives, which are rather sparsely attested, and often cause a headache for NQ writers. These are adjectives that specify an objects position with regards to a center point, axis, or plane.
I am thinking of this set, listing the attested words:
medial/middle/central: endea, en(t)ya
external/exterior: ava, ette
inferior/nether: EQ úva
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I just finished listing all Sindarin names of Beleriand and characters of the First Age, so they can be translated into (Neo)Quenya. I think that having a consensus on these matters can be very useful for different projects. The list is hosted in Tolkien Gateway, as it can be useful to check the links, but maybe it could be better somewhere else?
This is a continuation of a discussion we had on G+, searching for NeoQuenya (and Sindarin) words corresponding to "glide, slide" and "sleigh, sled".
As a summary, Sami suggested to adapt/update the early root √LEHE as *√LEKH and have a verb *leh- "slide, glide" on analogy of lah- "kick".
Robert Reynolds suggested that
I am musing about possibilities to express rights and related concepts - rights, dues, claim to something, entitlement, just/justice etc. - in NeoQuenya/NeoEldarin. I have not really been able to find any words in this semantic space in the attested vocabulary (there is a deleted Gnomish word for "rights"), so we'd need to resort to a metaphor or neologism.
I am musing about what could the transitive version of the verb drop (release from hand to fall to the ground) look like. Lanta- looks purely intransitive. The root KHAT contains among its glosses "loose from hand", but KHAT is our only root (as far as I can tell) that provides the space for verbs throw/hurl, and I think those are quite different from drop.
I have been thinking about the verb "to warn". I feel that the attested or- (aorist ora "it warns") is too strongly connected to the idea of inner conscience, metaphorical heart, inner counsel to be used as an active verb outside of its usual impersonal conjugation - so sentences like Túro warned Marko that the water was deep are still not covered.
Si lúmissen yá hlarimme pá kelvaron *aufirie ilaures, taite sinyar *tatallálime. *Minaþurindor utúvier i Tolde Kalápakos *þandanasto ya queni navalyaner *aufirina tensi. Esserya ná *þandanasto Fernandina. Inya nasto náse ar minaþurindor navir kénai olane ambe epe loar tuxa; ente navinte amba imye þandanastor oiar ké i tolde, etta estel ea sa i kelvaron nóte ololluva tuluryasse.
*þandanasto noun "shield-beast, turtle, tortoise"
*aufir- verb "die off, die out, become extinct"
*minaþurindo noun "researcher"
Is there a way to coin a verb "to promise, pledge" out of the WED root still? (Perhaps have it simply *ver-?). Or reverse engineer the noun vanda?
Or should we stick to phrases like kare mon vanda "make someone a pledge"?