Your Writing System Sucks
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Necroposting because all posting is necroposting if you're impatient enough.
Lilitika has very blatant Attic phonaesthetics (even with somewhat similar letter frequency tables) in its later dialects, but underneath it all, my actual induction into curiosity about constructed grammar came from a cursory awareness of the agglutinative habits of Korean case markers, so there's some resonance with that in Lilitika's early phases, which verge on polysynthetic. I did manage to get an almost 1:1 parse tree with the opening lines of the Iliad, though, since Lilitika essentially has the PIE cases. Best witnessed here.
Other conlangs on the go:
Ksreskézaian languages are a self-conscious effort to avoid mimicking anything of which I'm aware. However, due to contact with humans, some of the later forms do include a small amount of vocabulary with recognizable Terran roots.
Roshagil: Mandarin after a bad one-night stand with English. Though the vocabulary and near-total lack of morphology is unquestionably Chinese, the depredations of time have curiously restricted the language to the twenty-six letters of the English alphabet. Half a million years in the future, ASCII remains unchanged, though the letter forms are not very recognisable.
Kuanid: Not much of a start on this, but my hope is to eventually derive it from a boiled-down convergence of the procedural languages of the EU—so, mostly French and German. Luxembourgian, if you will, or Italo-Germanic more historically. This is the language spoken by most of the future-humans in the setting, and is notoriously described as having no standard form, but rather an immense sea of synonyms and graphemes that argolects and idiolects are plucked from. Consequently I've considered adding ideograms to Kuanid, but not to Roshagil. Yup.
Glissía: Attic. It's meticulously constructed out of Greek with some of the basic facts of PIE shuffled around for convenience and a formal syntax for symbolic logic grafted onto it. The language is spoken by inconceivably stodgy academics who refuse to change much about it. Originally the plan for Glissía was to find a happy medium between Latinists and Hellenists, a sort of hybrid that all Classicists could be proud of. Then the plan was to construct an absurdly complex superset of both Latin and Greek that could be mixed freeform. Now it's just Greek with extra declensions and cases.
Jalvaan would be something spoken in the Ancient Near East. Elamite's long-lost sister perhaps? Yehlammat bōš louvayīlhan yamukeiyam Šinar ivaidō yapēhottūn deki yore tāmbavān yaneftūn ki yahōrā yalepšur.
Kangshi is, of course, some form of Tibeto-Burman, maybe even Qiangic. tɤmqɤbstau qxâ bníe btɤʁmâ bɤŋmqɤʐoʁ mzɤpa
Ntaratu and Nyipa would be spoken in Papua New Guinea. I'm sure there's some way to integrate them into Trans-New Guinea. koyaikolŋewaŋ mpiryak ol karŋki hisewa aŋap ŋatmpow poʔayapok olokʔa mpaeʔap paontsi poʔa seheʔa kantpaokap nyao
Ubghuu... Ubghuu is weird but I think it might pass for Munda. Mààdzɔ̀r phę́ę́vo áábe ʔgigɛktɛdhùʐìì tlɔ̀zbò qudzvaŋ ugɛktɛdhùʐììwì.
Its broader family is all over the place but contains branches that are Algonquian (containing Hikóómayíi), Iranian, Caddoan, Muskogean, Apachean, and American NWC, at least phonologically. (I also have IE [grammatically but not phonologically] and Austronesian families). Numbers from 1-10 in a few of them to illustrate:
Hellesan could be counted among the Romance languages if it weren't an a priori language. Its syntax, though, is SAE (Standard Average European) enough to be experienced as a language of the Old World. In fact its main inspiration are the Occitano-Romance languages (Occitan and Catalan), with small bits here and there taken from Cretan Greek, Italian languages and dialects and Celtic languages. The Occitano-Romance feel is particularly evident in Hellesan's orthography and phonoaesthetics.
Hellesan's predecessor is Peran, a language inspired by the little we know about the eastern Iberian languages, Etruscan (as well as the Thyrsenian languages), the Bascoid substratum and Mycenaean Greek. So, well, I guess it has a Bronze Age flavour.
Sate is Peran's predecessor and isn't very different from it, but it's developed to be a common ancestor of all the languages derived from Peran (Hellesan, Tassalean, etc.) so in my conworld it works as a mostly reconstructed language, with a discovery history not very different to that of Minoan. Its writing system is inspired by Linear A. So I guess it looks Minoan enough.
Sarden is an old conlang of mine and it was created to resemble what I consider the classical languages of ancient times: Greek, Latin and Sanskrit. It has a very classic noun system, very reminsicent of Greek or Latin cases, and it needs to be fully worked... Some day.
Eldanell was created like a decade ago some time after reading The Lord of the Rings, and as you can imagine, yes, it was inspired by one of Tolkien¡s languages: Sindarin. I already liked the aesthetics of Celtic languages, so discovering Sindarin was what pushed me into playing with consonant mutations and Celtic-inspired orthographies. I abandoned the language quite soon, but it was rescued a year ago to fulfill a role in my conworld's mythology and history.
I have bunch of lexicons and/or phonologies that need to be worked to be named 'conlangs'; they're mostly aesthetic experiments or weird ideas grouped into a single name. The Bernic languages, for example, are meant to have a Germanic taste, but they should incorporate features taken from different languages to be something special. Tassalean is a cousin-german to Hellesan, and is meant to be as weird as Sardinian is in relation to western Romance. Aucadian is the Albanian language of my conworld, a somewhat isolated language with some weird features and a heavy influence from other neighbouring languages throughout centuries of history. Cassardian was an early inspiration from Persian and it needs reworking, etc.
Most of the Vengic languages would fit about equally well in southern China or central Africa: kúntɔ ɲe tɕì yutʂɔŋ kɔ̀ye tɕæ̂mɔ yè yǽtə́n hnɯç thu kɯɲ ɗɤ çihmun hmɔçɔksɔ hmɔhlibyɔphuthukɔ kʰɔn nəlɔliw ŋle səmlɔw ɲˀəsʔsɔʔnʰɔ̤w ɔ mənˀjæ
But the western languages don't fit there - maybe in the Caucasus or Scandinavia? tːeŋː mo kʉnéərː ŋgiðą́ hø̨n kiɭo kimǿduŋ toqːá
Amqolic is obviously Kartvelian: bguli um kharye dzerem dabqamdze da ncha
Blit (and by extension Pwao) would be either New Guinea (some underdescribed, CV family in Sandaun Province) or Solomon Islands: Kao thari haharuwi watho barero-ngi tere . Pipiu towo wa nambirero, kao thari towo gwarero.
Mhra would fit in SEA (or maybe England): na məˈnæ pɐˈka ˈpɔmrɪ məˈʔo kʰi ŋwæ te u ŋ̊ʰo te
And Baap probably in the Moluccas: porɨk jʷang hapkit ʷcadop rfamek diring vaai' kaapu' ʸgauh ʸkʷɨɨh ñvahook kbau' hmaneh