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Vampire update

For all you Googlers who've been swarming to my previous post on vampire language, here's what you may have been looking for.

Elorathian: This is a term for the vampyre language, which is only taught to Calmae of COVICA related covens.

Behind that definition all I can find is this fragmentary glossary of Elorathian. Have any of you conlangers seen any evidence that there's an actual Elorathian grammar hiding out inside those covens, or is a little vocabulary all there is to it? (If anyone doubts that a subculture can nurture a conlang, consider this Klingon weblog.)

Meanwhile, here are some other self-described vampires who says that "there is no actual vampiric language", just a history of systems of secret signs:

When one asks questions of things like a written (Standard) Vampyre Language they must remember that we are a people among people. There has been many groups in the past (Mostly Secret Societies) that came up with sigil like designs (anyone outside of the group would not know what they meant). They would place them in various spots to help the group know where the next meeting spot was or to pass secret notes and such. As for a Group of Vampyres getting together and doing the same is a possibility but it was only an understood Language so to speak among that group only not a Standardized Vampyric language. We see this type of use even to this day as before in small secret societal groups and the only thing that comes close to a Vampyric sigil is the common use of the anhk (in one version or another). Mind you there are others but not as common.

Self-described vampires? You bet. They even have their own Vampire Meetups. Meetup says there are 41 "active vampires" in the New York City area, 76 in greater London and 10 near Oklahoma City. Lock your doors on the third Tuesday of the month.

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Comments

Mark Liberman at Language Log tracks down another category of vampire believers: not self-described vampires but their self-described kin.

This would all be amusing except that the imagery involved is a little too vivid. I can handle cheesy Hollywood vampires and their garlic-wielding nemeses but to think that there are actually folks out there digging up their loved ones in order to make charbroiled-heart smoothies is a bit much. I wanted a strong dose of palinka just reading about it.

Meetup says there are only 3 active vampires in Romania. Do you suppose they have a Meetup for vampire slayers?

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2004.03.27
Maybe you shoul tell about this "new" language to Yamada Language Center, a lingüistic institution with many resources about... klingon!

josemoya [jmoysae cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2004.04.02
hi my name is evil kitty and i think that the vampire language is absolutely amazing and the qestion i have is that can anyone learn their language?

evil kitty [kittyisloveable1 cxe aol punkto com] • 2004.04.09
vampires are gay

warren [odellwarren cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2004.04.15
There is a language that only the gypsy's of Transylvania speak - Gypsy's are much darker in complextion than mainstream Romanians and they were shuned by Romania. They lived under the rule of Draku.

Bucsa [mdeer42 cxe sbcglobal punkto net] • 2004.04.19
There is nothing wrong with vampires. weather they were or are still alive they were just like us at one time. If i could i wouldn't mind seeing what it is like. To live my life for eturnity would be and experience!!!

Alley [Relene662 cxe aol punkto com] • 2004.04.30
Now days the use for symbols and old writings is left for honoring the past, this is the Media era, no use of swords, long hair, or old houses is needed. The internet, fax, telephone (cellular especially) is all that is needed for simple communication, since many are 'converted' (and mostly because 'conversion' is better done when young) they can have no knowledge of the old and sacred material, English is commonly used.
"Clean and Neat" is a major key word, blood on clothes is very annoying, very hard to wash out.
Key position are elected as in any other place. Modernization, good or bad, strikes here as well.
A Vampyre will never admit of being a Lamia, at least not till its to late.
No rampage is done, order and law is obeyed and enforced, status quo is very much preserved.
You can have a Vamyre friend and never know about it... don't let the sunlight fool you, and a cross will have no effect on a converted vampye who was Muslim, Jew or so.
Enjoy your life, you are all Vampyres in a way, even when stealing someone's heart and leaving him empty...

Kay

Kay [the_zikit cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2004.05.12
Okay, guys, it's been fun, but this isn't a general-purpose vampire discussion board. Google will turn up plenty of those.

If anybody spots a vampire language site, please e-mail me the URL. Otherwise, that's the end of this thread.

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2004.05.13
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