There are two languages with the name Illudien: Old Illudien (Illúdina Ancoia) and New Illudien (Illudien Nuif). This article pertains to Old Illudien
- Illúdina Ancoia was a language spoken primarily in the southwest of the continent Druisla. It is descended from the Solian Language, which in turn is derived from Proto-Druislan. It was originally spoken in the city of Colour (Larulaqui or "Western Star). Other languages descended from Solian include Andrastan, Erethian, and Nodrethen. Illúdina eventually pushed these languages out of existence.
- For a period of between five hundred and one thousand years, the language was spoken more or less as presented here. As the Illudien landholdings grew in size, however, the language began to change under the influence of southern languages. It morphed slowly into Illudien Nuif, the heyday of which is between 1400 and 1500 AD.
- This language began with the sole influence of Romance Languages, primarily Latin and Spanish, but eventually expanded and became a more independent language. While the romance influence in grammar and to some extent vocabulary is still present; Celtic and Germanic languages also play a role.
a-- "a" in father
b-- as in English
c-- before "a, o, u, y" or a consonant, "c" in castle. Before "e", or "i", "c" in cent
d-- as in English
e-- when accented or with a diaeresis, "a" in ate, but without final "y" sound. Otherwise, "e" in pet. When found at the end of a word following a double consonant, pronounced as "e" in the french danse.
f-- as in English
g-- before "a, o, u, y" or a consonant, "g" in go. Before "e", or "i", "g" in gentle
h-- not pronounced
i-- "ee" in feet
l-- as in the Romance languages, not as guttural as English
lh-- "th" in thin
m-- as in English
n-- as in English
o-- "o" in hope
p-- as in English, but unaspirated.
q-- as in English
r-- a light tap, like in the Romance languages
s-- when between vowels or before a voiced consonant, "s" as in lose. Before an unvoiced consonant or initially or finally, "s" in sister
ss-- always "ss" as in loss
t-- as in English, but unaspirated
u-- "oo" in food but without final lip rounding
v-- as in English
y-- a consonant as in English. As a vowel, "i" in pit
All diphthongs are fairly self explanatory as they retain the sound of the vowels they incorporate.
ia, ie, io, iu
ua, ue, ui, uo
ae (like English hate), ai, au
oe (like ae), oi, ou
when oe or oi follow c or g, the o is not pronounced
Illudien nouns are highly inflected. There are four declensions with five cases each: nominative, accusative, genetive, dative, and ablative.
First declension nouns are all masculine and end in e, r, l
ex. aviune, grandfather
gen. aviunen (arch. aviuneden)
Single syllable nouns ending in "r" or "l" take the case endings by adding them directly to the end of the word with the doubling of the final consonant. (ie. pel, pellen, pellet). However, in multisyllable words ending in "r" or "l", the final syllable disappears and the final letter merges with the stem. (ie. papiel, paplen, paplet)
Second declension nouns end in o, s, d, n, or silent e. They are also all masculine
ex. nico, lion
Multisyllable words ending in d go about the same morphing as in First declension nouns. (ie. calered, calerdon, calerdio)
Third declension nouns end in a and are all feminine.
ex. andra, light
Fourth declension nouns end in e, i, s, or silent e.
ex. voque, voice
Adjectives must match the noun they modify in number, case, and gender. There are two similar declensions: one for the masculine form, another for the feminine.
masculine corde, red
feminine corda, red
Lainyë caede tieressia aest qua díe tenuen ha donát.
Language is the most precious thing that God has given mankind.
Si hyë poavlen nen ti luquen amis mea, tos niehis pe i nuqua senied queren tea.
If these words do not show my love to you, then nothing can and I shall never have your heart.