Well, i am glad that you like my language. The language is in many ways pronounced exactly as it is written, the apostrophe was not originally in the language, it was added to the official transliteration on the year 1952 (ceorzan calendar) by a group of emissaries send to the island where they live, and about the idiom, that is something that has been debated upon for many centuries, but it has been suggested that it dates back to the year 1500 (ceorzan calendar) when the last great war between the ceorzans and the Kumoris were fought or something like that.
So, I hope that those answers satisfies your interest.
You should definitely show us the history some time.
What I meant by underlying meaning of the idiom is that like the English expression "kicking the bucket" means "to die". So does "the warrior silwana returns home" has a underlying meaning like "we won the battle" or something like that?
I would like to know how the Q, W and V thing works. Since you said the language is spoken on another world, I suppose the language and the writing system is developed independently. The writing system/language should therefore not have a one-to-one correspondence to our Latin Alphabet. The "alphabet" would be just a transliteration/pronunciation guide, if you have a writing system for it. Have the Ceorza people ever been in contact with humans (the emissaries you said), so that they created new glyphs to write the equivalent of Q, W and V?
It is important to realise that not all languages have the same sounds as English. There is a wide variety of sounds you can make, as "harsh" as pharyngeals like this
and uvulars like this
in Arabic and Hebrew (French and German have uvular r
.) , or strange clicks like this
, ejectives like this
and implosives like this
, or different vowels made with different openness, and roundness of the mouth and position of your tongue here
. The text on Wikipedia is too professional (at least for me), but the sound samples are wonderful. Clicking on different symbols on the bottom of each page brings you to a new sound where you can hear it. You can also listen to them here
. By the time you conquer most of the IPA
(i.e. the symbols), the accurate and easy way to represent sounds made, and have known about different sounds that can occur in human languages, you enter the realm of Phonology
, the study of sounds in languages.
(Nah this is not scary. I may be giving too much information at the same time, and my bad English probably ruins the whole meaning, but it is really what I have done when I started my journey on constructed languages. I'm still a beginner, but the fun of constructing languages is so great, especially on the sounds. Wikipedia is always your friend, though it can be sometimes confusing)
(To others: I think I've made some mistakes [Don't mention the grammatical ones, my English is bad enough.] -_- Please correct me if you notice any.)