The mrchi archives

Here will reside all known documents on the language, spanning various periods of development from Old a to modern mrchi.

Grammar and vocabulary summaries

The conhistory

Excerpts from a conhistorical account of Merechianist linguistics can be viewed here.

What it really is

Ea was the language- and world-building project embarked upon in 1984, when I read Tolkien's Book of Lost Tales (I) at age 12 or 13, influenced originally by German, Latin and proto-Elvish, later picking up various and sundry influences, growing quickly in 1987-1988, all but forgotten in the 1990s, and growing by sporadic jumps in the 2000s. The language began as a shameless relex of English, except for having (mostly) postpositions instead of prepositions, and having verbs conjugate fully (in classical mrchi onward) by having the subject pronoun appended to the verb; it has been becoming more agglutinative since then, especially in the area of derivational affixes on verbs. It has recently given birth to a daughter language, Mirexu, with a much more polysynthetic outlook and influences from Dravidian and Caucasian languages.

The orthography

A sample of the native orthography, a Hindic-esque alphasyllabary, can be seen here, or in a PDF document here. The romanization is quirky, and uses diacritics in unconventional ways; an explanation is available here.

(The real reason the romanization makes no sense is because I invented it when I was 12, before I had realized why English "long vowels" were different from continental ones, and before I had any sense of limiting the phonemic inventory. Also, I was fascinated with diacritical marks at the time, thanks to JRRT.)

Documents in Old a

Documents from the a-mrchi transitional period

Documents in classical mrchi

Documents in post-classical mrchi

Mirexu

A descendant of mrchi, Mirexu has been used in Conlang Relays 15 and 16; web documentation is forthcoming.

Conlang Relay texts

Related materials

Listen to audio materials in mrchi

See the calendars of the mrchi year! "mrchi trn alitn" is a 146-day calendar which can be seen in its entirety by clicking on "Go to year view". The "zyentinaz" calendar was inspired by the Mayan calendars which ran in simultaneous cycles of differing lengths; think of it as a slot machine with three rollers, one having 3 values, the next 11 values, and the third 17 values, for a complete cycle of 561 days. If you hit the jackpot, it's a major holiday.

View the intricate kinship system, from a male or female point of view.

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Last updated: 1/1/2013