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Subject: List of constructed languages, Sotomayor, List of constructed scripts
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Created by Sylvia Sotomayor
Setting and usage alien species (the Kēleñi)
Sources a priori language, consciously rejecting linguistic universals to create an alien language
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Linguist List

Kēlen is a this interview Sotomayor states that she aims for Kēlen to be naturalistic apart from its verblessness, and that to achieve this she employs the principle "change one thing and keep everything else the same".

In its concultural setting, Kēlen is spoken by an alien species (the Kēleñi).

Kēlen is mentioned prominently by Sarah L Higley in her book Hildegard of Bingen's Unknown Language: An edition, translation and discussion (Palgrave Macmillan 2007, The New Middle Ages ISBN 1-4039-7673-2, ISBN 978-1-4039-7673-4) where she discusses Lingua Ignota in the context of constructed languages up to the present day. She describes it as an example of the desire for originality in contemporary conlanging, by virtue of its verbless grammar, and notes that it is a prominent example of a conlang created by a woman. She also says that "fellow conlangers consider Kēlen to be efficient, elegant, strange and innovative, and its writing system is greatly admired." Kēlen is also discussed at length in this paper by M. Yu. Sidorova and O.N. Shuvalova, Several glossed examples are given.

At the third Devanagari.

External links

  • An Introduction to Kēlen
  • "Verblessness in Kēlen", presented at the 2nd Language Creation Conference
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