Here's my normal translation process with the #conscript I came up with for my #conlang, Gobahai! I start with a sentence, simplify it, find more easily-translatable equivalent words, transcribe it, and then write the script!
The sentiment of the sentence is very true. I /could/ use that syntax test sentence list I posted earlier, but... that feels like work!
If you're building a constructed language, here's a list of sentences that's no longer live but I grabbed an archive of at some point. They're meant to help you develop and test your #conlang's syntax and could be helpful with building vocabulary as well:
I'm working on simplifying how Gobahai's syllabary is generated by taking a vague and incomplete understanding of the Korean writing system and applying it to characters that build syllables instead of creating characters for each and every possible syllable!
This will make it much easier to read while still looking interesting!
Check out the release notes for all the details:
(Hey, custom CSS means you can use #conscript fonts in your dictionary! Check this blog post to learn how to set it up: https://blog.lexicon.ga/post/186302976725/how-to-use-custom-fonts-on-lexiconga)
Whew, one of my conlangs got kind of messed up by the #Lexiconga 2.0 update, but only because I was abusing the markdown formatting in the pronunciation field in the old version, so I'm going through to fix all the pronunciation field entries along with updating word references to use the new reference auto-linking.
Unfortunately, this is also my biggest #conlang with more than 400 words, so I'm basically going in and making 400+ edits to fix each individual word... 😅
I would interpret *that* translation as either:
1. A man who allows other people to sleep with his wife, that man and those people should die (I'd guess for using his wife for his own gain)
2. Or (less likely) A man who lets another man sleep in his wife's bed while that other man is staying with them (lodging) should be put to death (for leaving his wife without a place to sleep)
So "don't force your wife be a prostitute", not "don't be gay"
וְאִ֗ישׁ אֲשֶׁ֨ר יִשְׁכַּ֤ב אֶת־זָכָר֙ מִשְׁכְּבֵ֣י אִשָּׁ֔ה תֹּועֵבָ֥ה עָשׂ֖וּ שְׁנֵיהֶ֑ם מֹ֥ות יוּמָ֖תוּ דְּמֵיהֶ֥ם בָּֽם׃
[And a man] [who] [is lying down/lodging/having sex] [→a male/mankind] [a bed of] [a woman/wife], [taboo] [they did] [two of them], [kill/die] [and killed/be dead?] [their blood] [them]
So my translation is:
"And a man who lets mankind lie in his wife's bed, those men have committed a taboo act and should be killed, their blood on them(? This may be a common phrase, but I'd have to check)."
So potentially valid translations also include:
"And do not lay mankind (in) a wife's bed; that is taboo."
"And do not let mankind have sex (in) a wife's bed; it is taboo."
I did more work on 20:13, so let's move on to that, and I'll wrap that up with an interpretation of what my translation of the decree could mean.
וְאֶ֨ת־זָכָ֔ר לֹ֥א תִשְׁכַּ֖ב מִשְׁכְּבֵ֣י אִשָּׁ֑ה תֹּועֵבָ֖ה הִֽוא׃
[and →a male/mankind] [do not] [(be) lying down/lodging/having sex] [a bed of] [a woman/wife] [taboo] [he/she/it]
Given the surrounding context:
1. שָׁכַב is most likely sexual
2. This is directed at "the children of Israel"
Note: תּוֹעֵבָה is often translated "abomination" but I've used "taboo" because of earlier text about decidedly non-abominable things like "eating with Hebrews" and "shepherds" being תּוֹעֵבָה to the Egyptians.
It's been 7 years since I studied Biblical Hebrew in any capacity, but last night, I couldn't go to sleep until I translated Leviticus 20:13 and 18:22, which are traditionally translated as being about homosexuality ("lying with a man as with a woman"). Fortunately a bunch of helpful things came back to me like some verb tense concepts and possessive form markers.
So here's a thread with my translation breakdown that I'm pretty sure is equally valid!
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the Hebrew word for God is Elohim. it has a plural suffix, but takes singular verbs and adjectives and pronouns etc.
it's considered a type of majestic plural similar to the royal we, which itself is used often by God in the Qur'an. another example of something similar is the use of plural you for formal you in many languages.
then again, in the neighboring Canaanite religions from which Judaism likely evolved, the Elohim were the sons of the god El (whose name also means "god"). but still...
the Arabic word for God, Allah, is a cognate of Elohim. both descend from the proto-Semitic 'il, extended with an h. Allah is likely a contraction of al-'ilah, "the God," which would be exactly equivalent to the Aramaic word for the monotheistic god: 'alaha or 'elaha (depending on dialect), where -a is the definite article.
speaking of Aramaic, this would be the language Jesus would have spoken. he literally would have called God Alaha. remember that to tell fundamentalist Christians.
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