Obviously the two main components to any sentence are nouns and verbs. And, unsurprisingly, this language will have both!
A major benefit of (NL) is that word function can be easily determined. This is done by looking at the word’s ending.
We’ll begin with the noun.
A noun can end in any character EXCEPT: A, E, O, U, D or L.
A noun can be made plural by adding the suffix: -li
A noun can be made possessive by adding the suffix: -lo
á - a thing (the placeholder for any noun)
áli - the things
álo - of the thing
álilo - of the things
Now the verb.
A verb will always and only end in: A.
A verb will contain a least one verb morpheme. The verb morphemes are as follows:
- -v- to be
- -nz- to do
- -nd- to give
- -kt- to take
- -lm- to have
- -sk- to make
- -çt- to change
- -ps- to use
A verb can be made into a noun by adding the suffix: -m
A verb can be made into an adjective by adding the suffix: -mo
A verb can be made into a participle by adding the suffix: -do
áva - to be/exist
ávam - existing
á ávamo - the existing thing
á ávado do áva - the thing, existing, exists
The basic unit of any language is: the word.
Words in this new language (NL) will be created systematically. While I can already hear the outpour of dissent:
But that will remove all the beauty of speech!
This doesn’t have to be the case. Beauty can arise from the combination of words, in the expression of ideas, rather than simply the words themselves.
The current idea for word creation is to use a root of consonants [ccc] (denoted by the brackets) to express a broad idea, then, through the addition of vowels and affixes, create a specific word.
Ultimately I would like to achieve a completely standardized system for word creation, in which certain vowels in certain positions will impart the reader with an understanding of the word, even if they have never seen it before.
*This is just a loose example with which I’ve been working. It is based on words that already existed in earlier incarnations of the language. More to come on this system in future updates.
[mns] - root dealing with the mind and mentality
mèns - the mind
mènìs - a thought
mons - consciousness
mènìsa - to think
mènsálma - to know
simènìsa - to remember
The new language (NL) , yet unnamed, operates using it’s own character set. However, like most languages it can be adapted into an English character set.
Below is the proper character set, it’s English character equivalent and a word with the character’s sound highlighted.
*Let it be noted that the character ‘x’ is sometimes represented as ‘zh’ in some other English-character-adapted languages
*Notice that there is both a vowel ‘ur’ and a consonant ‘r’. The vowel ‘ur’ should be a smooth sound while the consonant ‘r’ should have some form of roll applied to it.
*All characters have one sound and only one sound, character placement does not affect character sound.
I’ve set up this blog in the hopes of actively developing a language and keeping a digital documentation of its development.
Many things may change over the course of its development, and it’s all in the hopes of creating something beautifully simple.
Stay tuned for results!