|From:||Frank George Valoczy <valoczy@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, October 18, 2001, 21:03|
Well here is a little bit of rather premilinary information on Nyenya'a,
my newest language, based mostly on Tundra Nenets and Japanese.
a E i o u
[u] after a palatalised consonant or [S] becomes [y]
[i] after a vowel becomes [I], though it stays more or less a separate
vowel. Technically there are no diphthongs, but in practice (especially in
rapid speech), they do exist.
p t k ?
w s S
j ts x
m n N
p b m t d n l r x can be palatalised
[?] becomes [q] before a consonant.
Syllable structure is CV. The only consonant that can be syllable-final is
Nyenya'a is written in a modified form of Hiragana.
Miscellaneous Bits of Morphology
Nyenya'a has classifiers, like Japanese:
books, etc: [satsu]
levels, floors, etc: [kaI]
times, occasions: [soNu]
flat objects: [maI]
cylindrical objects: [lapi]
bizarrely shaped objects: [ma?E]
spirits, gods: [kamE]
Particles or Cases:
Whether these are particles or in fact cases is not yet clear:
This is a lot like Japanese:
to go to be
Present: -dEma minadEma oma
Present negative: -nai minanai onai
Past: -dEmata minadEmata odEmata
Passive: -rE- minarEdEma orEdEma
Causative: -sE- minasEdEma osEdEma
Imperative: -ka minaka oka
Desiderative: -taI minataI otaI
Conditional: -rEba minarEba orEba
Continuative: -mEba minamEba omEba
Frequentative: -rENa minarENa orENa
Habitual: -SEti minaSEti oSEti
Momentanteous: -xali minaxali oxali
Diminutive: -jEtE? minajEtE? ojEtE?
Inchoative: -la? minala? ola?
Reflexive: -wa?a minawa?a owa?a
Infinitive: -ru minaru oru
Nominaliser: -koto minakoto okoto
1psg orE mana
2 omaI pida
3 ke? xaru
1ppl orEta? manata?
2 omaIta? pidata
3 keqta? xaruta?
And An Example:
mana-Na n^jEn^ja?a-no-xilE-?o jarinaI
I-SUBJECT Nyenya'a-GEN-language-ACC speak-PRES NEG
I don't speak [the] Nyenya'a language.
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