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The beginnings of a Semitic conlang

From:Trebor Jung <treborjung@...>
Date:Friday, April 9, 2004, 16:32
Here is the beginning of a Semitic conlang called Kasin. All feedback is


Stops: b /b/, m /m/, mw /m_w/, t /t/, tw /t_w/, n /n/, ny /J/, k /k/, kw
/k_w/, q /q/, qw /q_w/, ? /?/
Fricatives: f /f/, th /T/, s /s/, lh /K/, sh /S/, x /x/, h /h/
Affricates: ch /tS/
Liquids: l /l/, r /4/
Glides: w /w/, y /j/

Front: i /i/, î /i:/
Mid: a /a/, â /a:/
Back: u /u/, û /u:/
Diphthongs: ai /aj/, au /aw/

Kasin syllables can consist of a single initial consonant followed by a
medial vowel and an optional final consonant.

Stress is insignificant; one can stress any syllable of a word.


Kasin is based on a Semitic-style bi- and trisyllabic root structure with
vowel infixation. Below are vowel patterns for grammatical functions. The
example root is kVsVn 'speech'.

root verb: CaCuC: kasun
past tense: CaCuCu: kasunu
present tense: CaCuC: kasun
future tense: CaCuCi: kasuni
inchoative aspect: CaCaC: kasan
causative aspect: CaCuC: kassun
imperative mood: CaCCû: kassûn
subjunctive mood: CaCuCah: kasunah
passive voice: CaCfun: kasfun
reflexive voice: CarCun: karsun
gerund: CaCubiC: kasubin
active past participle: yaCaCun: yakasun
active present participle: ?iCaCuC: ?ikasun
passive past participle: shiCaCuC: shikasun
passive present participle: tiCaCuC: tikasun
first person singular nominative: CaCumiC: kasumin
first person plural nominative: CaCumaiC: kasumain
first person collective nominative: CaCumikaC: kasumikan
masculine second person singular nominative: CaCutuC: kasutun
feminine second person singular nominative: CaCufiC: kasufin
second person plural nominative: CaCutaiC: kasutain
second person collective nominative: CaCutukaC: kasutukan
first person singular accusative: CaCuwaC: kasuwan
first person plural accusative: CaCuwaiC: kasuwain
first person collective accusative: CaCuwakaC: kasuwakan
second person singular accusative: CaCunyaC: kasunyan
second person plural accusative: CaCunnaiC: kasunnain
second person collective accusative: CaCutukaC: kasutukan
first person singular dative: CaCumauC: kasumaun
first person plural dative: CaCumauaiC: kasumauain
first person collective dative: CaCumaukaC: kasumaukan
second person singular dative: CaCuraC: kasuran
second person plural dative: CaCuraiC: kasurain
second person collective dative: CaCurakaC: kasurakan

noun: CaCiC: kasin
plural number: CaiCaC: kaisan
collective number: CuCiC: kusin
adjective: CuCaC: kusan
agent (actor): CauCiC: kausin
agentive case: CamaCun: kamasun
patientive case: CataCuC: katasun
experiential case: CalCiC: kalsin
dative case: CaquCuC: kaqusun **
genetive case: CâCiC: kâsin
locative case: CaCa?iC: kasa?in **
profession: CaCâCa: kasâna
professional agent (actor): CaCCâCa: kassâna
instrument: miCCâC: miksân

"If you pulled the wings off a fly, would it then be called a walk?"


Garth Wallace <gwalla@...>