Ignys is a language spoken by the dragon-like creatures who live in Farandosÿa. The language is based on a Latin dialect that underwent radical inflective simplification and severe sound change.

Phonology Edit

The alphabet is as follows:

Letter IPA In the Old Italic Alphabet
a a 𐌀
e e 𐌄
f f 𐌅
h h 𐌇
ch x 𐌗
i i 𐌉
k 𐌂
kch k͡x 𐌂𐌗
tl t͡ɬ 𐌕𐌋
m m 𐌌
n n 𐌍
o o 𐌏
p 𐌐
pf p͡f 𐌐𐌅
qu kf 𐌂𐌅
r 𐌓
s s 𐌔
sch ʃ 𐌑
t 𐌕
c t͡s 𐌕𐌔
u u 𐌖
ü y 𐌖
x χ 𐌈

Consonant mutations Edit

All Latin vocals have been conserved, but consonants massively changed. Pf, ts and kch are only in Anlaut, in other positions they become ff, ss, ch.

Latin Ignys Ignys (Grapheme) Latin Ignys Ignys (Grapheme)
b --> p p --> pf (ff) pf (ff)
d --> t t --> ts (ss) c (ss)
g --> k k --> kch (ch) kch (ch)
v --> f f f --> h h
s --> ʃ sch h --> χ x
l --> r
ll --> t͡ɬ ll
qu --> kf qu
x --> χ x
ct --> χ x
st --> ʃt scht
sc --> ʃk schk

Example, based upon the Original Latin (that is, without the inflective mutations of Ignys):

Original Latin Ignys
Pater noster, qui es in cælis

Sanctificetur nomen tuum;

Adueniat regnum tuum;

Fiat uoluntas tua

sicut in cælo et in terra.

Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie,

et dimitte nobis debita nostra

sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris

et ne nos inducas in tentationem

sed libera nos a malo.


Pfasser noschter, kfi esch in kchaerisch,

Schanxihichessur nomen cvum;

Atfeniass reknum cvum;

Hiass forunsasch cva

Schichuss in kchaero ess in cerra.

Pfanem noschtrum kfossitianum ta nopisch xotie,

Ess timisse nopisch tepissa noschtra

Schichuss ess nosch timissimusch tepissoripusch noschtrisch

Ess ne nosch intuchasch in censsassionem

Schet ripera nosch a maro.


Inflective simplifications Edit

Substantives Edit

Nominative is the only case that survived. The plural form also disappeared. All feminine nouns from the Latin 1st class end in -a, all masculine nouns from the Latin 2nd class in -u, and neuter disappeared. The gender of a word is always the same as the noun's gender in French. Examples:

Masculine Feminine
xomu hemina
inhansch mar
tominu tomina
pfasser masser
hrasser schoror
pfaschtor schkora
miresch mirisia

Articles Edit

Definite and indefinite articles do not exist. So, xomu is "a man" or "the man".

Verbs Edit

Verbs do not longer inflect according to person.

Infinitive Past Participle Present Participle Present Past Future
fenir ("to come") fenicu, fenica feniensch eko feni

cu feni

ir, er feni

nosch feni

fosch feni

ire, ere feni

eko essifeni

cu essifeni

ir, er essifeni

nosch essifeni

fosch essifeni

ire, ere essifeni

eko epifeni

cu epifeni

ir, er epifeni

nosch epifeni

fosch epifeni

ire, ere epifeni

ochiter ("to kill") ochischu, ochischa ochitensch eko ochite

cu ochite

ir, er ochite

nosch ochite

fosch ochite

ire, ere ochite

eko essiochite

cu essiochite

ir, er essiochite

nosch essiochite

fosch essiochite

ire, ere essiochite

eko epiochite

cu epiochite

ir, er epiochite

nosch epiochite

fosch epiochite

ire, ere epiochite

hacher ("to do, make") haschtu, haschta hachensch eko hache

cu hache

ir, er hache

nosch hache

fosch hache

ire, ere hache

eko essihache

cu essihache

ir, er essihache

nosch essihache

fosch essihache

ire, ere essihache

eko epihache

cu epihache

ir, er epihache

nosch epihache

fosch epihache

ire, ere epihache

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