Rikchik Glyph Dictionary

I may put glyphs in the table before coming up with the image, so don't panic if there's a missing image here and there.
Basic Vocabulary
See main page for a physical description of a rikchik.
Now generally used for all alien (non-rikchik) creatures.
Refers to the speaker, or to the current location, or to the current time.
A general interrogative: indicates the speaker does not know what glyph should go in that place in the sentence, but would like to be informed. The various tags may indicate meanings beyond "what": What-Destination-P-0 would tend to mean "to where", for instance.
Thing is used as a general filler word: a better translation might be "Some". Thing-End-P-0 might be translated as "some place". It would usually be modified by other words.
From the eye-widening that is the rikchik equivalent of a smile.
(glyph)Dead (also North)
The "North" meaning is based on a general belief that the spirits of the dead fly off the world from the North pole.
(glyph)Sleep (glyph)Talk
This is also used for all forms of communication, with modifiers.
The Patient of the verb form of Move is the thing that actually gets moved. The Agent is often ommitted when something is moving of its own accord.
Grasses range in height from a few inches to around 8 feet.
Forces and Elements
(glyph)Sun (also East)
Since the sun appears in the East, to go east is to go "sun-ward".
(glyph)God, deity (also South)
In ancient times, it was believed that the Gods retired to the southern sea when not at work in the world.
(glyph)Gather (also And)
When Gather agrees in form with the words serving the Patient role, it usually means "And".
(glyph)Choice (also Or)
When Choice agrees in form with the words serving the Patient role, it usually means "Or".
This glyph is used in expressions involving timing. See the page about time.
This glyph refers to a length of time: a day is written as Sun-Agent-T-0 Span-?-I-1. See the page about time.
(glyph)One (1)
The rikchik number system is seven-based. For more info, see the math page (which doesn't exist yet).
(glyph)Two (2)
(glyph)Three (3)
(glyph)Four (4)
(glyph)Five (5)
(glyph)Six (6)
(glyph)Seven (7)
This is not used in mathematical applications: the "10" form is used instead.
(glyph)Zero (0) (also Not)
Body parts
(glyph)Eye (also West)
As the sun rises brightly in the East, the eye naturally turns to the west.
(glyph)Globe, Head
A rikchik looks like a green globe with a single, central eye supported by 49 tentacles. This word is used to refer to the globe section of the rikchik body, though it also is used to refer to spherical things in general.
(glyph)Mouth, Eat
This refers specifically to the globe-painting that is how rikchiks adorn themselves.
Native Animals
The chimp is a forest dwelling creature that is a close evolutionary relative to rikchiks. It resembles a rikchik, but has a non-spherical globe. It primarily eats fruits, leaves, and small rocks.
The lumpy-beast is a mountain/forest creature that resembles a lumpy globe with a tentacle coming out of each lump, with a single forward-facing eye and a downward-facing mouth. It primarily eats fruits, leaves, insects, and rocks.
Rollers are distant relatives of the lumpy-beast. They are spherical, with many small sub-tentacles all over their body. Rollers come in three sizes: the rodent-sized lesser rollers (Small-Quality-N-0 Roller-End-R-1), who eat grass and pebbles in the forests and grasslands; the rikchik-sized rollers, who eat grass, bushes, and rocks in the grasslands; and the mammoth-sized greater rollers (Big-Quality-N-0 Roller-End-R-1), who eat trees and boulders in grasslands, forests, canyons, and foothills.
Fish is a general term for a family of similar-looking sea and water creatures. They all have a flattish, conical head/body, which bears a forward-facing eye and a downward-facing mouth, which is surrounded by extremely strong dangling tentacles. Fish have control over their buoyancy, like a submarine. Fish eat sea plants, minerals, and small water animals. They are representatives of the most primitive animals on the rikchik homeworld to be able to eat minerals.
A relative of the fish is the "sky-fish" (Sky-Instrument-N-0 Fish-End-R-1) which is a large animal that resembles a hot-air balloon. It floats in the sky, drifting down to eat foliage and gnaw on mountain peaks.
Crabs are small water animals that have a top-mounted eye, a bottom-mounted mouth, and seven small, stubby legs surrounding the mouth.
Pulsers are small ocean animals with a mouth at one end, an eye at the other, and nothing much in between. They wriggle through water with a pulsing motion. They are commonly believed to be some of the most primitive animals on the planet.
A toddler is a small animal with a simple body supported by seven spindly legs, a front-mounted mouth, and an eye on a stalk. It has a more primitive relative, the stalkfish or water-toddler (Water-Instrument-N-0 Toddler-End-R-1), which is a water creature with a bottom-mounted mouth.
The grass-crawler has a small body with a front-facing mouth, seven long, flat legs, and an eye on a very long stalk that allows it to see over the tall grasses that it lives in.
The bouncer is a carnivore which has a long body ending in a mouth, a eye on a finlike appendage above the body, six powerful straight jumping legs, and a flat tail it uses for guidance. It hunts in the grasslands and lower mountains.
Miscellaneous small annoying animals. None have wings, though a few can glide on leaves or are naturally buoyant. The word for Insect is a pun on the word for Spot, replacing the circles which resemble the Form for inanimate objects with the Form for animate objects.
Rikchiks, being deaf and mute, have no native word for the concept of sound. They learned about it from humans, and appropriated a human symbol for it.

Last modified 13July2000 by Denis Moskowitz. Rikchik culture and language also by Denis. Word assembly program utilizes gd, a graphics library, and GD.pm, a perl interface to gd. gd is © 1994, 1995, Quest Protein Database Center, Cold Spring Harbor Labs. GD.pm is © 1995, Lincoln D. Stein. Both are used with permission.