1. King Rangvald X1111

    King Rangvald X1111 New Member

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    Anyone have a good Anglo-Saxon translator?

    Discussion in 'Research' started by King Rangvald X1111, Jun 30, 2018.

    So, in my writing project, which is medieval fantasy, the (known) world is separated into three large chunks; there are the northern countries, the Tanayah Empire to the south, and Wildwood to the east. The major nations are based on various real-life countries/regions, with a couple mixes (I started having one country based on Norway, and it's kind of slipped into Scotland). As such, I have attempted to have the names of people and locations in the various countries rooted in various languages from the medieval, or really just non-roman periods of their IRL countries. So far, I haven't really had much trouble at all with finding words that sound like town names and translate into stuff that might provide forshadowing, until I got to Braeseth.

    Braeseth, culturally and linguistically (if not historically), is based on England. I'm already using other celtic languages (Scottish-Gaelic and Welsh, primarily), and someone suggested I try using Anglo-Saxon (or Old English) when I ran into a wall with deciding Braeseth's language.

    The problem, I have not been able to find a usable translator that I don't have to pay for. Anyone have any ideas? I would resort to dictionaries or something, if I had access to Anglo-Saxon dictionaries.

    The woes of wanting to use a dead language that isn't latin, I guess. Seriously, though, I would be thankful for any suggestions. Thank you.
     
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    Are you looking for Anglo Saxon or for Old English? They're pretty much the same thing, and Old English is the more common name for it. You might have more luck there.

    You're unlikely to find a decent translator for OE, though. It's not as complex as languages that do have decent machine translation, but the demand is obviously much lower. Depending on how much stuff you need doing, I might be able to lend a hand, but naturally entire passages are going to be out of the question for most people.

    Take a look at wiktionary. They have a pretty solid corpus of OE terms, and it's better than a poke in the eye with a blunt stick.
     
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    You could just look into whatever remains of the dead languages and mash up consonants and vowels. You could just make a language.
     
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    Try this: https://www.lexilogos.com/english/english_old.htm
     
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    As if I or any Englishmanperson would call it Braeseth?

    'Wilkom ato Braeseth.'

    'Here, yo mayestie, taketh tissu for sweepen nostrille.'

    'Chancyew liege, arise.'
     
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