Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Future of Amerysk

In the time since I started putting Amerysk materials online, I have not encountered other users or speakers of the language. I have not learned more about the creator of the language, or if any materials in the language, other than my own copies, still exist.

Since no one else seems to be using the language, I think it is OK for me to develop it. The language doesn't have enough vocabulary, and some of the features the language originally had could be improved and simplified. For example, there is a singular and plural form of 'the,' and also there are three different plural forms, not including the transformation of 'mann' to 'menn' to form the plural.

As a language with virtually no speakers, I don't think Amerysk needs additional complications. The creator of Amerysk probably did not even know about Esperanto, and so did not know ways to simplify a language that Esperanto uses.

I see Amerysk as a Germanic regional International Auxiliary Language, much as Folkspraak/Folksprak aims/aimed to be. English and the other Germanic languages have many non-Germanic loan-words, often from Latin. Amerysk is a chance to get a break from those non-Germanic words, and to experience a Germanic language as it would have been before those loan-words were taken in, and often began to dominate.

Will anyone other than myself use Amerysk for anything? It's possible, though not certain. People keen on Germanic languages can always learn Anglo-Saxon or Old Norse. People who want an International Auxiliary Language can always pick the most successful such language, Esperanto. And people who just want to learn a language to connect with other people could learn English, Chinese or Arabic--- all widely-learned languages.

I am beginning work on a dictionary of Amerysk which will be posted on this blog. I am also working out some reforms and simplifications of the language which will also be posted.

One issue is whether the name 'Amerysk' should continue to be used for the language. I'm thinking that giving it a new name might clear up any problems as to the rights of the creator of Amerysk. I cannot publish anything about the language as long as it is the intellectual property of the creator of Amerysk. Maybe it should be 'Folksnaekk?' As a tribute to the Folksprak project?

My ruling plan for the Amerysk/Folksnaekk language is to make it into a simple conlang, kind of like what Esperanto would be if Esperanto had purely Germanic roots. Primary source would be the Anglo-Saxon language, but other Germanic sources are probable.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Amerysk Dictionary W w

worm - reptile, serpent, dragon
wræth - wrath

Amerysk Dictionary T t

thurk - through

Amerysk Dictionary S s

Amerysk Dictionary S s

stagga - stag
swefan - to sleep
swift - fast, swift

Amerysk and Folkspraak

Amerysk is a conlang (constructed language) created by Paal Filssunu in 1978. It was meant to give English-speakers in North America a more Germanic language experience, since Modern English has so many Latinate and other non-Germanic loanwords. The creator and early users of the language were Odinists (Norse Neopagans.)

Folkspraak began in 1995, and is meant as an inter-Germanic language. There are several variants of Folkspraak. See the Wikipedia article:

It is traditional to 'road-test' a conlang by translating the Our Father, or Lord's Prayer. This is not only a good test, it's practical. Christian users of the conlang--- and others who pray--- can use the Our Father in prayer.

Here is the Our Father in Folkspraak.

Ons Fater,
whem leven in der Himmel,
Mai din Name werden helig,
Mai din Konigdom kommen,
Mai din will werden,
in der Erd und in der Himmel.
Geven os distdag ons Brod,
Und forgiv ons sindens,
samme Weg als wi forgiv dem whem eren skuld to uns.
Und test os nihte,
men spare os fraum der Sind.

Amerysk does not have an Our Father translation that I know of. Or a translation of any Odinist prayer or proverb. Good things for Odinists to translate can be found in the Poetic Edda. I am going to be translating the Our Father into Amerysk, and the Hail Mary prayer as well And maybe the Glory Be, for that matter. (As you may have guessed, I am now Catholic.)

I need the text for a science-fictional story I am writing, in which an order of Catholic brothers prays the rosary in a variety of conlangs, including Universalglot, Volapük, Esperanto, Ido, Slovio, and, of course Amerysk. Once I translate something for it, anyway.

Is anyone other than myself interested in Amerysk? Probably not. I searched on Duck Duck Go, and everything I found was something I put on the internet myself. I found Amerysk by accident. When I was an Odinist, I met a fellow Odinist and he showed me some old Odinist papers he had. A booklet on Amerysk was among them. I thought it was my responsibility to put these things up online, since I didn't know if anyone else even had these papers.

I have an interest in conlangs, especially unusual ones. I want to do my bit for Amerysk. I am going to fix up this blog a bit, do some translating of stuff into Amerysk, and help anyone who wants to learn or use the language.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Amerysk Word of the Day: Bærn


English: child
German: Kind
Esperanto: infano

The word bærn means a child of either sex. It is similar to the Scottish dialect word 'bairn', which has its roots in the Anglo-Saxon word 'bearn'. In original Amerysk the word was both singular and plural, but now it takes the universal plural ending-as.

Tha kvinnja hæbban fyf bærnas. 
Æn bærn byan æn lœtt mann. 
Thæt lœtt bærn byan æn knapa. 

The woman has five children.
A child is a little human being.
That little child is a boy.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Amerysk Word of the Day: Kvinnja


English: woman
German: Frau, Weib
Esperanto: virino

Taken from the Anglo-Saxon word 'cwen' which is the source of the word 'queen', and related to the Swedish word 'kvinna'. The 'j' is pronounced like English 'Y' in 'yarn'. In Amerysk -ja is the normal feminine ending.

Ik syan æn kvinnja.
Fræja Wolf byan æn kvinnja. 
Fræ Wolf byan æn mann. 
Tha kvinnja hæbban æghta kattas. 

I see a woman.
Mrs Wolf is a woman.
Mr Wolf is a man.
The woman has eight cats.