Miresua is an imaginary, artificial, constructed language; a conlang. These words are not randomly generated. Miresua is an eclectic alphabetic mix of Basque and Finnish, two unrelated European languages.
10 February 2013
chain is kete
kete = chain (noun) (some things Google found for "kete": a very common term; an unusual last name; Naia Kete is an American singer-songwriter who was a contestant on the second season of The Voice; an unusual feminine first name; traditional baskets made and used by New Zealand's Maori people; The USS Kete was a WWII a Balao-class submarine which was lost at sea; kete (or akete) drums are commonly played by Rastafarians; a Bantu language of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; name of a place in Ghana)
Word derivation for "chain":
Basque = kate, Finnish = ketju
Miresua = kete
I considered making this word katje, but that means kitten in Dutch and is a Danish feminine first name. In Miresua, "the chain" will become "ketea".
The Basque and the Finnish words are unusually similar. I bet that they are both, in some way, related to the Latin word for chain, catena.
In the second paragraph of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Alice considers making a daisy-chain. I'm going to deal with the words daisy and chain separately.
Young enough to daydream, old enough to be somewhat realistic. I'm creating words in a made-up language. I'm not a linguist. Mariska is an old-fashioned Hungarian form of the name Mary. It's pronounced Marishka.
Miresua is a scramble of Basque and Finnish, two languages that I don't actually speak but I find interesting. Words are intended to look foreign to English speakers.
There is nobody in this world that speaks Miresua as their native language. Miresua is a made-up, constructed language used in my fantasy writing.
The Basque and Finnish words shown are correct to the best of my knowledge.
When I say that a word equals something in English that is my definition only; it's not true in the real world. The miscellaneous information I list about the words is what Google search found on the Internet for that word.
The grammar of Miresua will take rules from Basque and Finnish. Miresua will be agglutinative language (as are Basque and Finnish), a regular language with a high rate of affixes per word. Miresua will be a Subject-Object-Verb (SOV) language, which is like Basque, but unlike Finnish (and English). Although unlike Basque, but like Finnish, adjectives occur before the noun which they modify. Miresua, unlike Finnish, doesn't feature vowel harmony. (For my experiment with vowel harmony, see my Samgur artlang).
Finnish (native name: Suomi) is spoken in Finland. It is a minority language in the Northern European countries of Sweden, Norway, Russia, and Estonia. Finnish is a member of the Finno-Ugric branch of the Uralic language family (which also includes Hungarian). There are about 6 million total speakers of Finnish.
Basque Country flag - Ikurrina
Basque (native name: Euskara) is spoken by in Basque Country, a region in the western Pyrenees mountains of Spain and France. Basque is a language with no demonstrable relationship with any other living language. There are about 1 million total speakers of Basque.