Welcome to "Languages of Almea" at shavian.org
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Almea is a fictional world created by Mark Rosenfelder.
He populated it with different peoples and gave them histories and
languages. The most well-known (or least obscure, if you prefer it that
way) of these is Verdurian; this is also the language which is best
described: it has the most complete grammar and the largest lexicon.
The primary resource for Almea is Mark Rosenfelder's pages. Start at his
Virtual Verduria page
and have a look!
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I've written a few utilities that inflect nouns, verbs, and adjectives
in various Almean languages.
I prefer using these tools over hunting around in various tables trying
to find the right ending for the
remote past of esan, for example.
There's also a tool to convert text to graphics.
This is a little rough around the edges, but still usable. Select the
language your text is in, the font you want to use for output, and go
for it. When I have time, I'll put up a little
help file telling more about how to use this thing.
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Mark Rosenfelder has a message
board, where people who are interested in Verduria, other Almean
languages, or similar topics can post. Postings in Verdurian are welcome,
but English is also fine.
Over time, I've posted a fair number of articles to that board. Most
of them are also available here (for hysterical raisins, the first few
articles are instead at another site, but they're also linked to from
Most of these postings (except for the earliest ones) are snippets of HTML
as I sent
them off to Mark, who included them in a message board posting template.
Therefore, they are not valid HTML in the sense that they do not pass
an HTML validator (they're not complete documents). However, they may still
render by themselves by
tolerant browsers such as the majority I've come across. If you have
difficulty seeing any particular posting,
drop me a line.
Some of these postings contain text in Verdurian font. These are provided
as PNG format images and may not show up correctly if your browser does
not understand inline PNG images. However, you shouldn't be missing much
since, in general, they're just a copy of the text written below in Latin
transcription (which is why I give them an alternative text of "", so that
Lynx and other text-mode browsers can completely ignore the images). In
cases where the text represented by the image is more important, I made
the alternative text be a transcription of the text represented by the
image -- such as the page you get when you request a
The versions on the bulletin board sometimes contain responses from Mark
at the bottom of the page.
The dates given indicate the date of the email message in which I sent
the posting to Mark. That's also the date indicated on the message
board. (In fact, I'm using that date, so the information may actually
be a day off in some cases, since he used local time to express the
date rather than my time zone. I think I'm 7 hours east of Mark.)
The postings themselves
Comments, suggestions, or feedback to email@example.com.
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