[updated 16 Mar 2021]

Mir tin! Hello! Welcome to the Thosk Language site.

Thosk is one of my conlangs (constructed language) regularly derived from Proto-Indo-European, the well-attested and reconstructed “grandmother tongue” of roughly half the languages currently spoken on our planet.

That means Thosk is a cousin of English and many other languages, and that means Thosk shares many of the same ancient word roots as English, so that a significant portion of its vocabulary bears a “family resemblance” to English. Consider the following Thosk examples:

ber: carry, bear
brad: brother
en: one
et: eat
menod: month, moon
ne: no, not
ruder: red
suzer: sister
thir: three
thu: you (thou)
to: two
uten: water

The Thosk resources here are under development. I invite you to explore, learn, comment and contribute to Thosk.

2020 marks the 28th year of Thosk — I drafted its first outlines on a Mac SE30 in the spring of 1992, on vacation in the U.S., between jobs in Japan teaching English. While it — or I — have gone through periods of intense activity and virtual (and actual) sloth, I’ve never abandoned it, but have continued to learn about languages through formal training (two Master’s degrees in language and linguistics), teaching (ESL and English in secondary schools and universities; Old English online), and conlanging.

Working on a conlang yourself and seeking an enthusiastic cheering section / audience / critic / learner, etc.? Contact me — we can commit to learning each other’s languages and help them grow.

Want to learn more about conlanging in general? There are now many online and print resources available for both the beginning and experienced conlanger. Check out the links to the right — they’ll get you launched. Message me (I’m also on the Facebook conlang group) — I’m happy to talk conlanging with you.

No, I’m not active on many of the other conlang forums like Reddit. Despite other social media grabbing a lion’s share of attention, while platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest et al can be fun, they just don’t serve the long form of thoughtful blogging, information and resource-linking that older media like the homely blog have been doing for years. Or like razor blades, “new” now means “less good, and more wasteful, than its predecessor”. We really don’t need to reinvent the wheel every single time a newcomer shows up. Resource links, people! FAQs! More time for conlanging!