Iniital fragments of a non-human language
|From:||Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, January 10, 2004, 21:39|
I'm riffing here, so try to bear with me while I try not to spill over into
the realms of the hard-to-follow or barely-literate.
I think it's Werewolf language, but that's open to change. In some of my
notes, I describe it as "Lizardman".
d j g q
/d_m/ /J\/ /g/ /G\/
dh jh gh qh
/z_m/ /j\/ /G/ /R/
Intervocalically, these may be "Long" (i.e. geminate stops, or long
fricatives). The long Consonants are written as follows.
dd jj gg qq
dhh jhh ghh qhh
Voicing is non-phonemic, but is normally present.
i y u o
/i/ /i\/ /M/ /7/
Vowels may be long. If so, they're written doubled.
The syllable structure is CV, plus an optional C word-finally.
Syllables may be pharyngealised. If so, an apostrophe is used between the
consonant and the vowel, thus:
gyddu ghiqh'ood /gi\d_m:M: GiR_?\7_?\:d/
I know very little of the grammar just yet. I know that adjectives and
adverbs behave like verbs, and that in general words are built from
collections of gender-like particles and prepositions, and a small number
of underlying core verbs, such as using "say-keep-make-scratch-onto" for
"write" and "say-keep-make-scratch-TOOL-SKINNY" for "pen", where "TOOL" and
"SKINNY" are a nominal gender classifiers. And I know I have made a number
of terminological blunders in this paragraph, but I hope the gist was
I have the rudiments of a Lords Prayer kicking around somewhere. I'll post
it when it's finished.