The Republic of Novegrad is an alternative history ("althist")/fictional nation ("concountry") project, based on the premise that the medieval northern European Feudal Republic of Novgorod survived to the present day; in reality it was a merchant empire inhabited by Slavic and Finnic peoples up until it was annexed by an expanding Muscovy in the 15th century.
Novegradian (новеградескей лизике novegrádeskei lizíke) is a fictional language ("conlang"), designed to be as realistic as possible. It is a Slavic language, derived from the reconstructed language known as Proto-Slavic, the ancestor of all of the other Slavic languages, including Russian, Polish, Serbian, and Bulgarian. It was inspired by and is partially based on the fragmentary documents surviving from the 11th-15th centuries containing what is now known as the Old Novgorodian Dialect, a highly divergent Slavic vernacular.
Očets (һочец сеие hočets seie) is a fictional language ("conlang") related to the Yeniseian language family, a nearly-extinct group of languages spoken in central Siberia that have recently gained some widespread attention in the linguistics community as possibly being the first demonstrated link between Old and New World languages, with strong evidence of a relationship with the Tlingit-Eyak-Athabaskan (or Na-Dené) family of western North America. Očets itself is intended to be a cousin of the Yeniseian languages, sharing a common ancestor but many centuries removed.
Očets exists in the same alternative timeline as Novegradian, and has been undergone extensive influence from the Novegradian language, as well as a number of Uralic, Turkic, and Iranian languages spoken or once spoken in the Ob River valley. It is an exercise in language contact and to some extent language death as well as general historical linguistics.
At present Očets is still undergoing development, and information will be added as it becomes available.
Alashian (Αλλασούν Ναλασκιώ Hallasūn Nalaskyā) is a fictional language ("conlang") in the Semitic language family, closely related to such languages as Arabic and Hebrew. It is supposed to be spoken on part of the island of Cyprus, where over the centuries it has been significantly influenced by (in turn) Aramaic, Greek, Arabic, and Turkish.
This section contains various articles and other information related to real-world linguistics written by myself. For the most part my primary interests lie in the Slavic and Semitic languages, but I may at times write about other groups as well.
In addition to languages and linguistics, programming and web design have both been interests of mine for a long time. While I started out on the web, I've since gained quite a bit of experience in application and mobile application development as well.
Here are a few projects of various sorts I'm offering up as open-source.
I am currently a student enrolled at the University of Chicago, studying Slavic Languages and Computer Science. Languages and linguistics have long been a passion of mine, as can be seen in the materials here on this site. I speak English and Russian, have extensively studied Spanish and Modern Hebrew, and have also had some formal training in Georgian. From a more linguistics-oriented perspective, my main interests lie in Slavic, Semitic, Uralic, and Paleo-Siberian languages.
Veche.net is my personal site, first launched (albeit at a different domain) back in 2006. It is named for the historical Novgorod Veche, a quirky, unique, and quasi-democratic legislative body that governed the entirety of the Novgorodian Lands during their independence in the Middle Ages.