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Eshéan(esh-ai-ahn)
Eshéan
Type
Alignment
SVO
Head direction
Initial (for now)
Tonal
No
Declensions
Yes
Conjugations
Yes
Genders
no
Nouns decline according to...
Case Number
Definiteness Gender
Verbs conjugate according to...
Voice Mood
Person Number
Tense Aspect



General informationEdit

  This is a language that I am developing for a novel. I have been working on it for several years now and still have a lot of work to do. I want to start developing a proto form of it, a middle stage, and a modern form. I want it to seem like a realistic language that has developed over millennia. I have an alphabet, but I want to work backwards from it into a hieroglyphic writing system. Any help would be appreciated, especially in creating more vocabulary.

PhonologyEdit

The letters in parentheses are the symbols used to represent the sounds they follow when writing with the Latin Alphabet.


ConsonantsEdit

Bilabial Labio-dental Dental Alveolar Post-alveolar Retroflex Palatal Velar Uvular Pharyngeal Epiglottal Glottal
Nasal m n ɲ (ny)
Plosive p, b t, d k, g
Fricative f, v

θ (th),

ð

s, z

ʃ (sh),

ʒ (zh)

ç (shy) ʁ (c) h
Affricate t͡s

tʃ (ch),

dʒ (j)

Approximant r j w (ò) ʁ (c)
Trill
Flap or tap ɾ
Lateral fric.
Lateral app.
Lateral flap l

VowelsEdit

Front Near-front Central Near-back Back
Close i u
Near-close
Close-mid o
Mid
Open-mid ɛ (e) ʌ (ú)
Near-open æ (á)
Open a

AlphabetEdit

http://fontstruct.com/fontstructions/show/702883

The link takes you to a site where you can see and test the alphabet. It is a system that uses one symbol per sound and uses accents to denote aspirated consonants or to switch to a related vowel sound. To add an accent while typing with the font I created use shift+letter.

PhonotacticsEdit

 There are no vowel clusters in this language. All vowels sound separately without any effect on each other, including double vowels. There are three diphthongs in Eshean though. They are oi, ei (é) & ai (í) Contrastingly, any consonant blend that can be pronounced with the given phonology can exist in Eshean. However, the most common are Shk, Sht, Thr, Ny, Shy, Tso, Tsi, Pr, Tr, My, etc.

GrammarEdit

Gender Cases Numbers Tenses Persons Moods Voices Aspects
Verb No Yes No Yes No No No No
Nouns No No Yes No No No No No
Adjectives No No No No No No No No
Numbers No No No No No No No No
Participles No No No No No No No No
Adverb No No No No No No No No
Pronouns Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
Adpositions No No No No No No No No
Article No No No No No No No No
Particle No No No No No No No Yes


(The grammar still needs a lot of work)

Nouns



All nouns end in ‘al’ as their infinitives. From their infinitives they are conjugated to define their physical form. Nouns that are Animate objects (People, animals, etc.) change endings to ‘ath’. Inanimate objects (Things) conjugate to ‘av’. All other things that are neither animate nor inanimate (mostly places) end in ‘an’. Ideas and concepts end in ‘al’.

Subjects come before the verb and objects follow the verb because of the rule that allows dropping the subjective pronouns.


Particles:Edit

Particles are a simple way of defining the function of the part of speach that they follow. There are only two, as of yet, in Eshean. They are used to define Subjects and Objects. This allows the nouns to be in any order and yet still carry the same meaning (this may currently conflict with SVO rules listed, however, this is more prevelant.)

Subjective Particle: ho

Objective Particle: to


Exceptions:

Words that always end in al:

Amazement - Tazual

Brother - Valal

Enjoyment - Ictudal

Forest - índomal

Music - Asushal

Night - Fazhal

Power - Ubstínal



Verbs



Any noun can be made into a verb and vice versa. Simply take the noun infinitive and change the ending to the proper conjugation. Verbs are conjugated based on the person and number of the subject. If the subject is a pronoun it can be dropped. If the subject has to be stated, such as a proper name, then do not conjugate the verb. If there are two verbs, then conjugate the first and ad -ki to the second.



Take the noun infinitive and form them into verbs with these endings.



                          Singular       Plural

1st person             - u               - usi

2nd person            - o               - osi

3rd person             - é              - ési

If pronoun is present - a           -asi



Exceptions: always in the infinitive (ki)

To be - Lodenki

To call - Drotoki

To drink - Bumilikki




Past Tense & Past Participle

Past tense is formed by adding -zho to the end of the proper conjugation of the verb. The past participle has the ending - sho instead of -zho. When to verbs follow each other, the second one does not have the suffix added if they are related to each other.



Future Tense

Future tense is formed by ending a word with -tso.



Command Form

Add -m after the conjugation.



Pronouns



There are many types of pronouns in Eshe that can be used. Some have different rules for their use. Subjective nouns do not exist in Ehse because the verbs already provide the same function. However, for emphasis the objective pronoun can be placed in front of the verb to serve the function of a subjective pronoun. When the objective pronoun directly precedes a noun, it becomes the respective possessive adjective for that object. Reflexive pronouns are formed by taking the objective pronoun and adding -sa to the end. Prepositional pronouns are the same as objective pronouns.



Objective, Subjective, Reflexive, and Possessive Pronouns



                        Singular          Plural

1st Person           Las              Lasi

2nd Person          Ves              Vesi

3rd Person           Tus, Fil, Lil   Tusi, Fili, Lili



Demonstrative Pronouns



This - Bas

That - Bash

Them - Gash

These - Vas

Those - Vash



Interrogatives and Interrogative Pronouns



Questions are formed by leaving all words of the sentence the same except for adding the word ‘myuna’ either at the beginning of the sentence or after the interrogative pronoun.



Who - Saf

which - Sar

what - Sat

where - Sev

when - Sel

why - Set

how - Sul



Adverbs & Adjectives (Sòazivuan)

Adverbs are developed from the noun infinitive by adding -ot. Adjectives are formed by changing the ending to - ut. Both adverbs and adjectives come after the word that they describe.



Negatition

Prepositions, Adjectives and Adverbs are negated by adding Da- to the beginning of them. Verbs are negated by adding Ra- to the beginning. Nouns are negated by adding Na- to the beginning.



Superlatives



Absolute - od

Comparative - odus

Examples: Good - Inas

Better - Inasod

Best - Inasodus



Idiomatic Expressions



In - OK/Well.../Good/Very Well/Of Accordance

Myuna Ac - Is it not?/No?/Right?/Am I Right?

Yondom/Yondosim - Come/Come on/Come here

Myuna on bazhan mecié ves(i)? - How are you? (formal)

Myuna sul lodenu(si)? - How are you? (Informal polite)

Lodenu(si)? - How are you? (Informal)

Myuna sotoath?/Myuna sat sotoath lodené tus? - What time is it?

Myuna òonan?/ Myuna sat òonan lodené tus? - What is the date?

Myuna azhan?/ Myuna sat azhan lodené? - What is today?

Kòuplémésisho on mítinav kas tusathi. - It was love at first sight.

VocabularyEdit

 Entire vocabulary can be seen on Google Drive. This is because I have 1,150 words and there is simply not enough time in a day to try and orginize them on this site and on my Google Docs. So take a look at them there.

Eshean Vocab on Google

And for new vocabulary creation, I recomend this tool. If you set all the presets right, it works very well!

Example textEdit

 These examples are from Middle Eshean and will probably change drastically as I work on it.

Sel ko on jozhoav kas òeyisath aféinani, solili hipalot paɾa bevo holòéathi chisiana on jisinavi atsoinut sar salfinsho gash els kuzhus. - First sentence of the Declaration of Independence


Viodé, sul myuna las lodenki? Ves lodenki inasot, dolagasten. On las feni lodenki zhunorut, myuna ac? Ji, lil lodenki inasut manot. In, myuna gíchenusi kohoal? Ji. Gíchenusim. -An example of an informal greeting.

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