Overall, the Elder Scrolls series has a far better track record in terms of linguistics, conlangs, and general language development than most franchises. Still, much is incomplete and imperfect. That’s where this project comes in.
The general purpose of Dunmeris (Re)constructed is to fill in the linguistic blanks in relation to the language of Dunmeris. I aim to do this by using what pieces of Dunmeris that do exist as building blocks to further develop and construct it, utilizing reconstruction methods as well as just creating things out of thin air.
Why Dunmeris, of all languages, you may ask? Well part of it’s personal. Of all the cultures and races of Nirn, the Dunmer are by far my favorite. Naturally, if I was going to flesh out the language of any one group, it would be them. But furthermore, Dunmeris has a fairly large basis for me to work off of. Not as large perhaps as Dwemeris or Ayleidoon, but it’s got a wealth of names and other linguistic odds and ends for me to play with.
Now you may be wondering what qualifies me to do this. Actually if you know me, you probably aren’t, but if you’ve never heard of me allow me to introduce myself a little bit. I’m a linguistic anthropology student. Basically I study how languages grow, evolve, change, and relate to one and other.
Part of this is philology and linguistic reconstruction, which basically entails comparing pieces of language, finding patterns, and using those patterns to make educated guesses on what a piece of some long lost language might have been like.
Now the problem with using such methods on Dunmeris is quite simply… Dunmeris has never really been developed in depth. All we have to work on are place names, personal names, family names, and a few other odds and ends.
It’s had many authors and contributors over the years, and was never intended to actually stand up to the kind of linguistic scrutiny I’ll be subjecting it to. Most of the patterns I’ll be using and talking about aren’t due to any organized construction I think, but are more down to coincidence and subconscious patterns of the authors.
Still, it’s as good a place as any to begin, so let’s get down to it!
I would also like to note that while I’ll be using a lot of highly technical terminology, I’m going to do my best to explain everything so that even someone with zero knowledge of linguistics can follow along.
Also this is not intended to be an interpretation of canon, but more a supplement to it. A lot of this I just made up. It’s got a basis in the canon, and I’ve stuck to that as much as possible, but by the very nature of this, it’s a lot of new creations and plain made up junk, so you’ve been warned.
GODDAMMIT GODDAMMIT FUCK
IS ALL OF THAT PURRING COMING FROM THAT TINY THING
OH MY GOODNESS IT’S SO VOCAL IT’S ADORABLE!!!
yo guys all siamese are like this. very loud/vocal/talkative, and very, very needy/affectionate
I think if I ever got another cat it would probably be a Siamese.
For therapy I had to make images that would remind me that I could feel good about myself as I healed and I couldn’t think of a better icon than Sailor Moon. So I give you…Self-Positive Sailor Moon.
Even if you don’t think vaccines and autism are related … these are some staggering numbers!
YES THESE NUMBERS ARE STAGGERING I WOULD ALSO POSIT THAT HAVE YOU CONSIDERED THESE IMAGES AND TEXT ALSO
12/10 best response to this idiocy.
correlation does not equal causation dumbasses
Those are the best graphs ever.
I want to put these graphs in my thesis
15th of March 2012.
Ordered a Caesar Salad today, proceeded to stab it 23 times before consumption. Nobody else found it as hilarious.
OH MY LORD
I CAN’T EVEN
HISTORY NERDS ARE THE BEST NERDS
An interesting model of our solar system’s path as it travels through space in the Milky Way.
Certainly a departure from usual models that show the Sun as a static object, which it certainly isn’t
I had no idea this was happening. Where are we going?
To fuck some shit up
lol I never thought of it this way ;x
Over the past few weeks Oz and Twisted have been putting together videos about Dissociative Identity Disorder and other related videos.
All of these…
when people give me compliments I feel like a vending machine trying to accept a wrinkly dollar and it’s just really frustrating for everyone involved
I’ve never related to anything more in my life
i do not even have a sleep schedule anymore its just a gigantic mess