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General and Cultural InformationEdit

Kelantepan (natively na lüdar Kälamtäparya or Kälamda /kjælʌmdʌ/) is a language spoken by the alien Patronans (Gänämar, lit. "Thinkers"). on the continent Suk’adüm in the cold south of Patrona (Püjupä) by the Kelantepans (Kälamtäpar), a name which means "Fire-people". The Kelantepans, despite (or perhaps due to) their cold environment, worship fire, the sun, and volcanoes.



Bilabial Coronal3 Palatal Velar Glottal
Nasal m n
Plosive p b t d tʃ dʒ k kj1 g gj
Fricative s z h
Approximant ɻ̝2 l j w
  1. The sequences /kj/ and /gj/ are more common than the bare /k/ and /g/ and are treated as single consonants.
  2. /r/ is a raised retroflex approximant, sounding approximantly halfway between [ɻ] and [ʐ]. It is devoiced before a voiceless consonant.
  3. /n/, /t/, /d/, /s/, /z/, and /l/ are retroflexed after /r/.


Front Back
High y u
Mid e ʌ
Low æ

This strange vowel system actually originated as a very simple five-vowel system, having undergone a massive counter-clockwise shift.


(C)V(/m/, /r/);

min: /u/; max: /kjær/

  • Syllable-final /m/ assimilates to the place of articulation of any following consonant in all but the most careful speech.
  • /w/ doesn't occur before /u/ or /y/.
  • /j/ doesn't occur before /e/ or /y/ except as a part of /kj/ and /gj/.
  • Consecutive vowels are in separate syllables.
  • No more than three consecutive vowels are permitted. If a four vowel sequence arises, the second vowel in the sequence is dropped. ex. due+agü=dueagü "you two's stomach", but due+äemse=duäemse "you two's hands".

Stress Edit

Primary stress (in the form of a high pitch and higher volume) is always on the second syllable of a word, with secondary stress (also high pitched) on every other syllable after that. ex. Kälamtäpa [kjæˈlʌntæˌpʌ]

Writing SystemEdit

Letter a ä b c d e g h j k l
Sound /ʌ/ /æ/ /b/ /tʃ/ /d/ /e/ /gj/ /h/ /dʒ/ /kj/ /l/
Letter m n p r s t u ü w y z
Sound /m/ /n/ /p/ /r/ /s/ /t/ /u/ /y/ /w/ /j/ /z/
  • Adding an apostrophe on <k> and <g> negates the inherent /j/. ex. g’amlu /gʌmlu/ "my eyes"


Noun class and number Edit

Kelantepan uses an inverse number system, where the noun class of a noun determines which numbers receive markings. There are four noun classes in Kelantepan. The first is used for animate nouns, the second and third for inanimate nouns, and the fourth for mass and abstract nouns. The inverse number marker is a suffixed r after a vowel, -rä after a consonant. Singular number is used for a single thing, dual is used for two things, and plural is used for more than two things.

singular dual plural meaning example
I - -r(ä) -r(ä) animates täpa "person"
II -r(ä) - - inanimates lüdar "sound"
III -r(ä) - -r(ä) paired inanimates ämlur "his eye"
IV - - - mass and abstract nouns cärzü "money"

Case Edit

Kelantepan has many cases, represented by suffixes placed after any inverse number marker.

Case Meaning Suffix Example
Grammatical cases
Nominative Subject 0 päje "stones"
Genitive "of x" ya päjeya
Accusative Object m/ya1 päjem
Instrumental "using x" käwe päjekäwe
Polar cases
Causative "due to x" päjebä
Evitative "to avoid x" wä-bä päjewäbä
Benefactive "for x" päjejü
Malefactive "to harm x" wä-jü päjewäjü
Comitative "with x" pem päjepem
Privative "without x" wä-pem päjewäpem
Mathematical cases
Distributive "per x" düra päjedüra
Comparative "like x" düne päjedüne
Adverbial "as x" kama päjekama
Locative cases
Inessive "in x" päjerü
Elative "out of x" rü-ca päjerüca
Illative "into x" rü-ze päjerüze
Internal perlative "through x" rü-puha päjerüpuha
Subessive "under x" rü-bumtä päjerübumtä
Adessive "on x" da päjeda
Ablative "off of x" da-ca päjedaca
Allative "onto x" da-ze päjedaze
External perlative "along/across x" da-puha päjedapuha
Superessive "above x" da-bumtä päjedabumtä
  1. The accusative takes the same form as the genitive whenever the inverse number suffix is -r. ex. gähämarya "fighters (acc)" vs purnemenämräm "a calculator (acc)"

Inalienable possession Edit

Inalienably possessed nouns are those which always have a possessor, like family members, body parts, and part-whole relations. They are obligatorily marked for their possessor using prefixes.

sg du pl
1 g’a- cü- pü-
2 nu- due- zua-
3 ä- de- za-

Anomalous suffixes Edit

Some Kelantepan nouns have parts which are appended to the end of a noun, even after any grammatical suffixes. ex. ühä-de "visions", ühäwäpem-de, ühäda-de, etc. These are either discontinuous parts of the root or the occasional derivational suffix.

Nominal derivations Edit

  • Agent: -ma, gähäma "fighter"
  • Patient: , tenareü "thoughts"
  • Instrument: -näm, purnemenämrä "calculator"
  • Diminutive: -se, päjese "pebbles"
  • Augmentative: -su, päjesu "boulders"
  • Instance: anomalous -de, turjär-de "pain"
  • Location: -(a)rca, bäudarcar, "school"

Pronouns Edit

The pronouns are of the same form as the possessive affixes, with a couple of exceptions. They can be marked for each case just like any other noun, but in the nominative case they receive a suffix -e. The third person singular pronouns are demonstrative pronouns, with gee meaning "this one" and nae meaning "that one".

NOM sg du pl
1 g’ae cüe püe
2 nue duäe zuae
3 gee/nae däe zae

Determiners Edit

Determiners are placed before nouns. They include articles, demonstratives, quantifiers, and numerals (discussed in the vocab section).

Articles Edit

Articles are undeclinable particles. The indefinite article is a null morpheme. The definite article is na. There is also an interrogative article lum which indicates that the noun is what is being asked about in a sentence. It cannot be used with pronouns.

The articles are used even for abstract nouns, where they are normally avoided in English (na debä "love").

The use of the definite article is optional with case-inflected nouns when modifying other nouns, and with some proper nouns. And if a phrase is repeated many times in a passage, the definite article does not need to be repeated each time.

Demonstratives Edit

Demonstratives match the case marking of the nouns they mark.

proximal (ge na), distal (na na)

Quantifiers Edit

Kelantepan's continuum of quantifiers is broken up symmetrically.

no/none (wä(m)), very few/almost no/small minority (yä(m)), some/few/minority (jama), many/small majority (paer), most/almost all/vast majority (mezu), all/every (ulula)

Distributives Edit

any (kea na)

Verbs Edit

Verbs conjugate according to aspect and evidentiality.

Evidentiality Edit

Abbr. Suffix Meaning/Uses
Nonevidential nevid -0 Used for common knowledge or what is not known, such as questions.
Visual vis -zu Used for evidence gained through observation.
Reportative rep -me Used for evidence gained through retelling, news, or hearing.
Tactile tact -te Used for evidence gained through touch or knowledge of the self.
Olfactory olf -edä Used for evidence gained through smell and taste.
Deductive ded -ür Used for knowledge inferred from multiple small sources.
Assumptive ass -sam Used for stated knowledge without any source.

Aspect Edit

Abbr. Suffix Meaning/Uses
Perfective perf -0 Describes an action viewed as a whole without internal composition.
Continuous cont -a Describes an incomplete action or state in progress at a specific time.
Habitual hab -lu Describes an action as occurring occasionally, ordinarily, or in intervals.

Affix order Edit


  • Turjäa lum gee. "Is this hurting?"
  • Turjätelu. "Sometimes I feel it hurt."
  • Turjäte warnä. "I'm not hurt!"

Copula Edit

The copula "to be" is expressed as a null morpheme, though it still conjugates normally. It never completely disappears from a sentence as it is not allowed to be in the perfective aspect. ex. Mea nue na elezuya se ü. "I hear you might be the chosen one."

Particles Edit

There are many particles indicating grammatical mood, polarity/intensity, and speaker attitude. They can be appended to any clause.

Moods Edit

  • indicative (0),
  • optative (hace),
  • subjunctive/protasis (se),
  • conditional/apodosis (ele),
  • hypothetical (ähu),
  • imperative (ne)

Polarity Edit

The polar particles show the truth value of the statement, and have alternate 'intense' forms. The intensive affirmative particle is identical to the imperative particle and the negative particle is identical to the negative quantifier.

  • affirmative (0),
  • intensive affirmative (ne),
  • negative (wä(m)),
  • intensive negative (warnä)

Emotion Edit

The Patronans have a very alien system of emotions. These six are the only emotions they have, and the emotions and equivalent body language are completely cross-cultural. Patronans only experience emotions as a result of specific events, and if the event is done and not being thought about, then the emotion it created is gone as well. This means that Patronans are usually in an emotionless state, and switch between emotions very quickly. These particles are not used in professional/academic writing.

  • happiness/enjoyment (bu),
  • disgust/hatred (kata)
  • curiousity/wonder (ü),
  • surprise/fear (äe),
  • sadness (dam),
  • romance (hum)

Syntax Edit

Kelantepan is a purely right-branching language.



  • Debätea g’ae nuya camesewäpem ele ne hum. "I would love you unconditionally."
  • Zua nae na ämdäadüne hace ü. "I hope he looks like his brother."
  • Turjätelu ge na g’amlur dam. "This eye really hurts sometimes."

Kelantepan is a pro-drop language, so pronouns disappear if they can be inferred from context.


Conjunctions Edit

meaning translation
är addition and
k’er exclusive alternative either/or
pa nonexclusive alternative and/or
embem contrast/exception but/yet
üzär rationale for/because
lu consequence so

Numbers Edit

Kelantepan numbers were base-18 before introduction of octal mathematics by the Alemarese, and the number words up to 19 remain. Zero was also introduced by the Alemarese.

# #+8 #+16 #*8
0 püdem 8 püta 16 emse 0 püdem
1 kea 9 ärkü 17 ärkukum 8 püta
2 dur 10 18 kukum 16 emse
3 umgü 11 küke 19 kukumke 24 umpüta
4 ärsam 12 cece 20 emse-ärsam 32 ärsampüta
5 sam 13 ärhedu 21 emse-sam 40 sampüta
6 samke 14 hedu 22 emse-samke 48 samkepüta
7 etea 15 heduke 23 emse-etea 56 eteapüta
8 püta 16 emse 24 umpüta 64 pütasu
  • Numbers in the ones place are usually just placed after the eights place and separated by a hyphen (e.g. 45 sampüta-sam). However, the multiples of eight plus one, except for 9 and 17, are formed with the suffix -ke. ex. 40 sampüta, 41 sampütake, 42 sampüta-dur
  • Multiples of 18 have two names: a base-18 version formed from the non-18 factor followed by -kukum (3 becomes um-, so 54 is umkukum, not *umgükukum), and an octal version. ex. 36 (2018/448) durkukum or ärsampüta-ärsam.