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I began Tlharithad back in August 2006, when John Quijada proposed a five-sentences puzzle for the next San Francisco Bay Area meetup. The idea was to give >=5 sentences in a conlang, with smooth English translation but NOT interlinear. Everyone's puzzle was passed around, and we sort of collaboratively figured things out and wrote new sentences in everyone's lang. Me being a n00b, and Tlharithad being not yet out of the toylang stage, my puzzle was the first to be solved. This was back in October 2006.

Between October and April, I had basically zero time for conlanging. Well, that's a lie. I had a very little spare time, but it was so scarce that I just used it for snippets of web-surfing, not for anything productive. I still read up on linguistics and lurked the ZBB, but I stuck to passive conlangery, not actually making anything.

In May 2007, I got the chance to spend pretty much the entire month conlanging. My school has this program called Senior Projects, where seniors get out of most classes and spend the month working on a project of their choice. I spent the month conlanging intensively, and by the end of the project I had translated the first two lines of the Babel text.

My old goal for Tlharithad was to make a language tailored to the way I speak. Trouble was, I hadn't realized how much "the way I speak" is shaped by English. Once I shifted into a new language, everything changed. Pretty much the only good feature of Tlharithad that came out of this goal was the evidential prefixes. And even those were not really successful, if success is defined by "being easy for me to express": I forget to include an evidential half the time. Still, I can view the evidentials as installing a useful habit (considering where information is from, and how reliable it is). I'm consciously avoiding full Sapir-Whorf territory, but it's still an interesting thing to try.

After a pretty short time, I changed my goal to a purely aesthetic one. Whatever looked/felt/tasted good, would be designed in; whatever didn't, would not. This is all the 'guiding principle' there is behind Tlharithad, and I intend it to stay that way.

There is no conculture to go with Tlharithad. It is supposed to be used in the real world, but it's somewhat tailored for use in my particular segment of the real world. (This is mostly reflected in the lexicon, and a bit in the number system.)