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Conlang Feature Spotlight: Color Moods

Disclaimer: I am not a linguist and do not have any formal education in this area. This is just a neat thing I have in one of my conlangs, and nothing more.

Greetings, littlesalmon here. Color moods are one of the most interesting features of la at tea, the conlang that I’m to this day most satisfied with. This conlang was created specifically for expression of my emotions towards things, and is quite small as a result. I call it a “supplementary language”, because it’s not supposed to be used for communication all on its own, just for clarifying certain things it isn’t possible to say in another language. Given this information, it’s actually not that surprising that a feature like this exists in the conlang, but, I think, the details of it are worth duscussing anyway.

la at tea is primarily a written language, and it has its own writing system (the pronunciation and the romanization were added later), so I will be adding pictures when needed.

This is the circle of color moods:

this is the circle

Yes, it’s currently just a circle. Unlike basically all the other shape words (the basic language unit in the written version of this conlang), the individual things aren’t marked with a little circle along the larger shape; instead, they are individually marked with confidence stripes, which means that the color moods can be combined together into one shape word. For example:

ralnet (kinda sure reddish-orange + absolutely sure greyish light blue)

Oh, wait, now I have to explain confidence stripes.

left — representation of no line; middle — one line; right — two lines

Usually confidence stripes get added to a shape word that already has a defined meaning, and show how sure you are that this particular word is true. There are three levels: lying/sarcastic (no line/no sound), kinda sure (one line/l), almost absolutely sure (two lines/t). Depending on the type of the shape word, confidence can be marked in many different places.

Anyways, back to color moods. The most important thing about them is what they actually are, so there’s a list:

  • ra — reddish-orange; represents sometimes fear, panic or even passion, but just the kind that feels heavy, unresponsive and like a fever dream. Generally negative. Is located and marked at the top.
  • mi — yellowish golden-white; represents calm happiness and enlightenment; closely related to feeling tired after a long day of good work. Generally positive, but can be actually dangerous when used as a tool for manipulation. Is located and marked at the top right.
  • ne — greyish light blue; represents anxiety, mild panic, detached thinking. Located and marked at the bottom right.
  • ti — bright blue; represents pure fun and interest in something, “Guess what?” is a common question in this state of mind. Located and marked at the bottom left.
  • ko — dark half-transparent black. The most difficult concept to pin down; generally very introspective and kind of unsettling. When I look up at the black night sky and think about the meaning of life and its possible nonexistence, this is the thing. Is located and marked at the top left.

A couple of necessary details: the color moods are arranged in a pentagon and are read from the top going clockwise; when spoken, confidence is marked at the end of every color individually, and then they are merged together into one long word; the colors reflect my own common emotions, but art and misic may cause me to feel a different color entirely. Also, I don’t have synesthesia, just very strong associations between colors and concepts.

Thanks for reading, farewell, see you soon, and there will be more coming.


By littlesalmon

Just an artsy math-y Steven Universe-y girl, nothing interesting here.
Omnidisciplinary nerd and science enthusiast (except history, that's boring);
water is a life philosophy (that I don't really follow).
And so on.

One reply on “Conlang Feature Spotlight: Color Moods”

> I don’t have synesthesia, just very strong associations between colors and concepts.
hahahhah (me today, with 3 types and counting)
anyway what did I think synesthesia was anyway

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