Glyph of the word 'oala'.


  • (v.) to speak
  • (n.) speaker
  • (n.) speech (abstract)
  • (adj.) speaking, able to speak
  • (adj.) spoken

E Leya Oala.
“The Talking Rock.”

Notes: Today’s post serves double duty. The example sentence above is the title of the text I wrote for the LCC2 Relay. It’s about a talking rock.

It just so happens that the LCC2 Relay is going to be the topic of the next few posts over at the Kēlen Word of the Day blog. If you’re curious about what a conlang relay is, the first post in the series there offers a good explanation.

In addition, since we’re talking about the LCC already, this is as good a time as any to announce the Fourth Language Creation Conference! :D

LCC4 is going to be held in Groningen, in the Netherlands. If you live in Europe, and are free on May 14th and 15th, I strongly encourage you to attend. The LCC is pretty much the only international conlang event there is (aside from stuff for specific conlangs, e.g. Esperanto), and it’s a wonderful experience.

Also, if you’re interested in giving a talk, the LCS is looking for presenters. For more information, take a look at our call for presenters. I’ve given a talk at the first three LCCs, and it’s an immensely rewarding experience.

Regarding the actual purpose of this blog, the iku for oala is actually a combination of the syllabic glyphs for a, o and la. The thing is, it’s such an unorthodox combination, and even kind of looks like it employs the glyph for li, that I’m not sure how to classify it. As I imagine it, these classifications are made by the speakers themselves (well, not all speakers, but the highly literate ones—the intelligentia, if you will), and I’m not sure how they would classify it. I’m guessing there would be arguments about it. That’s why this iku has three different classifications. It’s probably one of them, but which, I can’t say.

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2 Responses to “Oala”

  1. Ka kavaka Sylvia Sotomayor ti:

    But is there going to be a LCC4 relay?

  2. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    That I do not know…

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