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Finnstek (My Conlang)

From:Tristan McLeay <thwog@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 14, 2000, 8:13
I think that my conlang appears to be stable enough for me to mention it.

In the standard dialect, there are four short vowels, one long vowel and two
diphthongs: a (/a/), e (/E/), i (/i/), è (/@/) aa (/a:/), ei (/Ei/), ai
(/@i/, /ai/). The /a:/ is probably supposed to chance though, given the lack
of other long sounds.
The northern dialect has five short vowels, five long vowels, and no
diphthongs: a, e, i, o (/O/), u (/w/ (unrounded /u/)) and long for all. I've
decided against using diagraphs to mark long vowels because (among other
things) my email program @ school doesn't handle them.
Consonants (standard):
        k       g       t       d       p       b
                   sz   s zs            f       v
                                j               w
                ng              n               m

and double (germinated, I think) versions.

Consonants (northern):
        k       g       t       d       p       b
        x       gx sz s zs      f       v
                ng              n               m

sz is sh, zs French j, r is Spanishish, dd is a voiced flap. fz is f
followed by a super-short vowel.

There is also an Old form being reconstructed.


The subject gets the tense in active sentences: -a for present, -i for
future -wè/-jè for past (ND: -xa -xi -xo).
In passive sentences, the a prefixed to the verb: a-, i-/j-, e-/w- (ND: ax-,
ix-, ox-)
Continuation is not marked: I am going = I go.
Statements always begin with 'tai' ('tu'), conditional statements (if...,
etc) 'nada' ('nada'), questions 'dai' ('du').
To mark possession, the possessor becomes an adjective, kind of like saying
'computery hard drive' for 'the computer's hard drive'.
Word Order is S(n)VO for active sentences or P(n)OV for passive, where S is
the subject, V the verb, O other parts, P the passive subject (i.e. what
would be the object) and (n) the negator of the sentence. Generally, the
first part of the O group is the Dir.Object, then the Indir.Object.
Adjectives go before their noun, though.

Standard: Tai eiggaazsa         kleif   czes jolgaa.
Northern: Tu  ooxaazsa          klof    czes ixalgaa.
English:      Small things'   names not  remember (future).
English: Small things' names aren't remembered.

*: n+x=(ng)x (unvoiced x)

If you want more information, email me.


(I posted this to a different group first. I've removed referrences to my
previous posts there: I'd briefly mentioned it before.)