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Classification and InfoEdit
Croatia, or in English, Catalan, is the made up language of the German Empire in the Cottonwood contentant of the editor's previous living place. It is unrelated to the real lanaguage in real life. It is an Ind-Europoean Language of the Romance family in the Italic branch with extremely close ties to it's closest language relative, Italian. It is spoken by a small minority of 3 million native speakers along the southwest coasts of Italy, near the Pakistani border. Though it is very close to Italian, it is quite different, with its history and even some of its grammar being completely different. Nearly 40% of the vocabulary is of another langauge's origin, and the langauge. though it sounds like Italian, is quite unintelligable to Italian speakers. It evolved out of necessity to have a langauge to speak to Arab, French and Pakistani traders along the rich coastal line. The langauge has seen controversy as many in the Catalan speaking areas want the langauge to be justifictaion for a seperate, Catalan surrogate within the German Empire.
The langauge also has had consdierable interest peaked in it as many supporters of the movement in Germany have been able to open Catalan classes in famous Univeristies such as Harvard and Standford. There were nearly 300,000 foreigners in Germany alone learning Catalan in 2015, in support for the Catalan movement. The surrogate question has been a hot topic for years, as the Catalan surrogate meets two requirements for Surrogatship, Seperate language, and abiltiy to control itself with a self-sustaining governmental body but is missing one factor: Seperate culture. Many Catalans, (as many as 50%) see themselves as fully Italian, with just a dialectal langauge, even though the language is different enough for the majority of linguists to see it as a seperate tongue. It is a major issue in the southern coastal areas of modern day Italy.
It is most spoken langauge in the major port cities of Port Decaprio and Sunisia, and is a significant minority language in several major Italian cities such as: Naples, Venice, and Milan. It has aprox. 4.1 million speakers worldwide.
It began to be formed in the 12th century from vulgar Italian by fish traders on the south western coasts of Italy. It was standarized by Benito Staviteli in the late 19th century as he translated several Italain operas into his native tongue, which at the time was consdiered a dialect of Italian that was difficult to undertsand. Staviteli did exstensive work to make sure Catalan was not seen as a vulgar speech of fishermen, but rather as its own, seperate and respectable lanagauge. He also did extinsive work to have it be sued formaly in many other works. He is most well known for having succesfully translated The Barber of Seville (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) into Catalan as Li Barberio da Savilia. He is also well known for having created the only succesful and famous Catalan opera Lis Tartarations dilli Amarios (The Temptation of the Lovers), a revolutionary opera of its time, discussing the torn relationship between two homosexual princes lusting after one another during the Italian rennesance.
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The Catalan langauge uses the simple 26 letter Roman Alphabet. It uses no accents or other modifcations. Because of this, the language does not always have the words spelt as they are said, requiring readers to know how they are said.
Nouns have gender, based on objects. Masculine objjjects carry either an E, I or O at the end of the word. Femine objects carry an A or a U. They have no Declension, but do mark for plurals (with a simple s or irregularily, I), and have articles (Li, masc. and La, Fem.)
Verbs are marked for Tense, Person, and Mood.
The words Pablare(to talk) and Vivire(to live) will be used to examplify the conjugation of the verbs in all forms. Verbs are split up into two catagories, those that have are, ore and ure endings in their infinitve, and those who have ire and ere endings.
Moods:Imperitive, Subjunctive, and Indictitive.
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|Vosso (You Plural)||Pablayavi||Pablevi||Pablavi||Pablandavi||Pablaravi||Pablarayavi|
|Subjunctive||simply add (o) to all conjugations. Except for present I and Elli (which is yo e.g. Palboyo, Pablayo, Pableyo.) Pableso, Pablarayamo etc.|
|Imperitive||Cause the verb to be in its present tense, and add the direct pronoun to it's 3rd person singular. e.g. Pablati! Pablami! to say "Talk to me!" say, Pablatimi!|
|Ire and Ere Verbs||
Simply Switch each of these cunjugations with E etc. eg. Vivire, Vivo, Vivesi etc. Past tense, Viva, Vivasi, etc.
The language follows the exact same syntax rules as French, however it has an Arabic influenced ability to have the verb switched to the front of the sentence if it is being expressed that that verb is of increbile importance. E.g. "Li Osello Vola." (The bird flies) becomes "Vola Li Osello!" (Volore, to fly)(The bird flies! with suprise or emphasis).