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Name: Kti

Type: Synthetic and Semi-Agglutinative

Alignment: Accusative

Head Direction: Initial

Number of genders: 3

Declensions: Yes

Conjugations: Yes

Nouns declined
according to
Case Number
Definitiveness Gender
Verbs conjugated
according to
Voice Mood
Person Number
Tense Aspect


GeneralEdit

The Ktarh language (Kti: "ktehanarā", /ktɛxanaˈra:/) is one of the major languages on Oktarhazǣm. It is the most widely spoken Dnaric language, with several billion speakers.
It is made up of several dialect clusters and one standard variety; the dialects are decreasing in usage due to official government policy.
In actuality, Kti is defined as any speech form descending from proto-Ktarh; this definition doesn't include mutual intelligibility amongst the dialects, as the dialects from two distant points can differ quite a lot.

The Ktarh language (most often plainly called "Kti", sometimes called "ktehanarā") can be abbreviated to "kt." in situations requiring the usage of its formal name (as shown in the tooltip).

Dialectically, Kti is divided into the following clusters and dialects:

- Dialects of Tanu
- Upper Tanarh
- Lower Tanarh
- Peninsular Tanarh
- Acrolectic peninsular (lingua franca)
- Basilectic peninsular
- Peripheric Ktarh
Insular dialects
- Eastern dialects
Coastal eastern
- Inland eastern
- Southern dialects

The acrolectic peninsular Tanarh dialect is usually taken as the closest form to standard Kti. This article describes the acrolectic peninsular Tanarh variety. All forms should be taken as standard unless specifically noted not to be so.

PhonologyEdit

VowelsEdit

There are six cardinal vowels (A E U I O Æ) each representing one cardinal phonemic value of /a ɛ u i ɔ ɞ/ and each cardinal vowel has two lengths that have minimal pairs and allophonic variants depending on position.

The vowels /a: ɛ: u: i: ɔ: ɞ:/ remain more constant to their value than their short variants.

They are organised as such in the vowel space:

Position
Front Center Back
Height High i (i) i: (ī) u (u) u: (ū)
Mid ɛ (e) ɛ: (ē) ɞ (æ) ɞ: (ǣ) ɔ (o) ɔ: (ō)
Low a (a) a: (ā)

AllophonyEdit

Each of the twelve vowels have allphones that are dependant on their position.

Vowel Realisations
Position A E U I O Æ
Short Long Short Long Short Long Short Long Short Long Short Long
Initial [a] [a:] [e] [ɛ:] [u] [u̠:] [i] [i̟:] [ɔ] [ɔ:] [ɞ] [ɞ:]
Medial [ɑ] [ɐ:] [ɛ] [ɛ:] [u] [u:] [i̠] [i:] [ɔ] [ɔ:] [ɞ] [ɞ:]
Final [a] [a:] [ɛ] [ɛ:] [u] [u:] [ɪ] [i̟:] [ɔ] [ɔ:] [ɜ] [ɞ:]

DiphthongsEdit

Dipthongs are combinations of two vowels. They don't change according to position. They're counted as a single long vowel in length.

Spelled As IPA Equivalent
ai ɒy
ui uy
ua
ia ya

When both a diphthong + peripherial vowel and a triphthong are possible, the former gets chosen over the latter.

The first component of the diphthong is always semivocalic.

TripthongsEdit

Tripthongs are combinations of three vowels. They don't change according to position. They're counted as an overlong vowel or as a dipthong + short vowel in length.

Normal Spelling IPA Equivalent
eia eʉɑ
aie ɑɨɞ
uiæ uʉɞ

Every triphthong has a central element.

ConsonantsEdit

Kti has 12 cardinal consonants ( Sh, S, Z, Zh, K, T, D, H, M, N, R, ' ). They are distributed unevenly along five points of articulation, labial, alveolar, postalveolar, velar and glottal.

PoA Consonants
Labial Alveolar Postalveolar Velar Glottal
Voiced Voiced Unvoiced Voiced Unvoiced Unvoiced Unvoiced
Plosive t

 (t)

d

 (d)

k~kj*

 (k)

ʔ

 ( ' )

Fricative s

 (s)

z

 (z)

ʃ

 (sh)

ʒ

 (zh)

x~h*

 (h)

Nasal m

 (m)

n

 (n)

Trill (r)

*These are allophonic variations of an underlying phoneme.

AllophonyEdit

The allophonic variations of consonants are far smaller than in vowels. The only consonants that have a variable pronounciation are /k/ and /x/.

Allophony of /k/Edit

The realisation of /k/ as [k ~ kj] is an enviromental feature. [k] and [kj] are in complementary distribution before vowels.

/k/ is realised as [k] before /a/, /u/, /ɔ/ and /ɞ/ and consonants, while [kj] is seen only sometimes before /i/ and /ɛ/. In initial positions, [k] is always pronounced as such, and an analysis of [kj] as an allophone can be considered correct as [k] seems to be the underlying element and therefore the priviledged value.

Allophony of /x/Edit

The realisation of /x/ is far more simple, as [h] is a simple allophonic equivalent of [x] as it occurs only in initial positions. Unlike [k] and [kj] which share one grapheme, [x] and [h] are differentiated in the orthography. Sometimes, when [x] is put instead of [h], it can be assumed that the previous word is linked with the current one via compounding, phrasing or some sort of derivation, therefore giving rise to certain minimal pairs that don't chage the meaning of one word but of a phrase; this phenomenon occurs only in very fast speech. The view that [h] is an allophone of /x/ is still held, though.

Dialectical VariationEdit

The primary variations in Ktarh acrolects stem from two things:

  1. The different outcomes of the sound change which came around in the acrolect as "l > r > ʂ; ʂ > ʃ"
  2. The different outcomes of the sound change which came around in the acrolect as "{ m d } > \varnothing / 'ɛ_aC#"

The first sound change might have happened differently, with results such as a contrast of /r ʂ ʃ/, /l r ʂ/, /l r ʃ/ and even a total levelling of /ʃ~ʂ/ - the acrolect preserves a contrast of /r ʃ/, with /r/ stemming from earlier /l/ and /ʃ/ stemming from both an earlier /r/ and /ʂ/.

The second sound change, much more limited in scope but far more influental in verbs than the first, was either applied or not. It has resulted in pairs of words such as "akemash" and "akēsh" (stemming from "akeash", often heard instead of the second word's prescribed pronunciation)

PhonotacicsEdit

Phonotactics of Kti is divided into syllable rules and combinatorics.

SyllablesEdit

Ktarh syllables have the following general structure:

General Syllable Structure
(C) C V (C)
or
(C) (C) V C

Vowels in Kti always border a consonant. Vowels of equal weight can share control over a single consonant between them, thus having it belong to two syllables at once. Several archaic nouns, such as <ī> (sky, m.i.), may have no consonant; these always have a long vowel.

Syllables sometimes tend to "hoard" consonants taken from previous syllables, thus sometimes reaching three initials. These consonants, while theoretically part of the first syllable, phonetically become part of the second. It should be noted that a post-vocalic glottal stop resets syllable rules, thus always starting a new syllable after it.

The only allowed final cluster in Kti is /rx/ - it only occurs word-finally as it cannot be followed by a consonant. It stems from a syllable with an earlier, deleted vowel.

StressEdit

Prosodic stress is very syllable-dependant and there are relatively complex rules that are governed by syllable position and structure.

Stress is pretty regular in that it is generally found in the penultimate syllable unless something else happened. If the word is monosyllabilic, the stress is on the sole syllable.
A syllable is counted as "light" if it has a short vowel, and "heavy" if it has a long vowel, diphthong or triphthong.

Stress in Kti follows these rules:

  1. Primary stress is always on one of the last three syllables.
  2. If all three ultimate syllables are either fully heavy or fully light, stress falls on the penultimate.
  3. If one of the three ultimate syllables is heavy and the rest light, stress falls on the heavy syllable.
  4. If two of the three ultimate syllables is heavy and one is light, stress falls on the first of the heavy syllables.
  5. Secondary stress always falls on the syllable that has a gap of one syllable between itself and the stressed syllable.
    1. By this, if the primarily stressed syllable is antepenultimate, the secondarily stressed syllable is always the ultimate.
    2. Secondary stress cannot fall on on the initial syllable except if it is heavy.
  6. Tertiary stressings occur in relation to secondary stress in the same conditions as secondary stress does to primary.
    1. Tertiary stress has a gap between itself and secondary stress of one syllable - if the secondarily stressed syllable is ultimate, tertiary stress falls on the syllable two behind primary stress.
    2. Tertiary stress, unlike secondary, can fall on the initial syllable regardless of its weight.

CombinatoricsEdit

Ktarh phonotactical combinatorics deal with valid phoneme sequences in roots; they do not prohibit such occurences during inflection or derivation but the language has a general tendency to obey them anyhow.

The restraints are listed as such:

  1. /z/ cannot be next to any fricative
  2. /ʃ/ cannot be next to /z/ or /x/
  3. /t/ cannot be preceded by /n/
  4. /t/ cannot be followed by any plosive except /ʔ/
  5. /d/ cannot be followed by /r/ and /t/
  6. /a/ cannot be next to /ɞ/

Some of these rules might be violated by some core root words but otherwise are avoided in discourse.
In Kti, all /*sx/ clusters metathesise into /xs/ non-initially, and receive an epenthetic /ɞ/ between the members in initial positions.

SyntaxEdit

Ktarh syntax determines the word order, position and marking according to context and function. It recognises sentences as the largest syntactical unit, made up of clauses, phrases and words. The shape of the words belongs under morphology and morphosemantics, but what inflections they take and how they interact with one another is an issue syntax deals with.

Noun PhrasesEdit

Noun phrases in Kti are made up of a head and modifiers. The head can be a noun, a pronoun, an independent adjective or a noun phrase. Modifiers can be independent or dependent adjectives, or either a genitive or adjectival phrase.

In a phrase made up of an adjective and a head, the dependent adjective conjugates as according to the rules; independent adjectives used as modifiers agree with the head in case and number.

The modifiers have a tendency to follow their head, though there exists a degree of freedom in word order. In more complex phrases, where the head of the phrase is a phrase in and of itself, word order is more strictly head-initial.

Subjects and objects can be nouns, independent adjectives, pronouns or noun phrases.

Adjectival PhrasesEdit

Adjectival phrases are made up of a head and modifiers. The head can be an adjectival phrase or either a dependent or independent adjective, and the modifier can either be an adverb, a genitive phrase or an adverbial phrase. Adjectival phrases are strongly head-initial. The head of the phrase agrees with the modified component of the noun phrase in which the adjectival phrase is embedded.

Adverbial PhrasesEdit

Adverbial phrases made up of a head and a modifier. The head can be an adverb or an adverbial phrase, as can the modifier.

Genitive PhrasesEdit

Ktarh genitive phrases are a bit of a misnomer: they are made up of either nouns or noun phrases in any of the genitive, instrumental, commitative, vialis, possessive, abessive, identical, ornative, partitive and aversive cases.

Verb PhrasesEdit

Ktarh verb phrases are divided between finite and non-finite phrases. Finite phrases can be further subdivided into dependent or independent. They're made up of a head and modifiers; objects are considered co-morbid with verb phrases, though not strictly attached to them. The head can be either a verb or a verb phrase, while modifiers can be adverbs, adverbial phrases or genitive phrases. Non-finite verb phrases contain an uninflected verb in the infinitive, while finite phrases have a fully conjugated verb. The heads of dependent finite phrases are additionally preceded by the particle "zi".

Clauses and SentencesEdit

Ktarh clauses can be divided between dependent and independent clauses. Every sentence has one independent clause, but can also have embedded dependent clauses.

Independent clauses contain at least one verb phrase, of which only one can be an independent finite phrase. They can also take a subject in the corresponding case (usually nominative). Transitive clauses may also take an object (usually in the accusative), and polytransitive clauses may also take additional arguments in cases other than the core ones. In the event that the verb phrase is mediopassive, the clause takes one double, reflexive argument instead of a subject and object. Passive and pseudopassive phrases act according to their fundamental rules.

Dependent clauses contain at least one verb phrase, of which none can be independent. They can take an object (and additional oblique arguments) if (poly)transitive, but can only take a subject if finite; non-finite phrases cannot be accompanied by a subject.

Relative 'Clauses'Edit

Ktarh relative clauses are extensions of the relative gerundive. Most simple 'relative clauses' are plain adjecival phrases with a relative gerundive modifier, this being a relative adjectival phrase. Relative possessive 'clauses', where the modified element of the relative adjectival phrase is a possession of the modified head, are introduced in the fashion of "head + RPr + 'ēt' + RAP", where "RPr" stands for a relative pronoun and "RAP" denotes a relative adjectival phrase. In this case, the relative pronoun is either in the possessive or genitive cases, based on the type of possession. The pronoun agrees in type and number with the head. The particle 'ēt' is inserted right after the relative pronoun. An example relative possessive 'clause':

  • kīritei okīri dēnāke ēt ārasan kuhitrātaiton
    • the drinker who loves his mother is drinking

Situations that require the head to be in a role different from subject or object also require a relative pronoun. As Kti lacks specific relativisation mechanisms, it introduces its relative pronouns with a descriptive gerundive where the noun phrase is the relative pronoun with a relative adjectival phrase attached. The relative adjectival phrase in this case conjugates so that it also takes additional arguments, usually at least a subject or object, thus becoming a full clause. These take the form of "head + RPr + RAP + arguments". An example (true) relative clause with such a configuration:

  • hsōrīrtai aza dētōna izhīrateiton
    • the rib with which I eat is black

Word Order in SentencesEdit

Every well-formed Ktarh sentence is made up from one or more clauses. Every sentence has one independent clause that has an independent finite verb or a verb phrase, inside itself, with optional dependent clauses embedded inside it. For easier classification and analysis, sentences are divided into simple and complex, based on whether they have dependent clauses inserted in them.

Independent ClausesEdit

The syntax of Ktarh independent clauses is basically determined by the pragmatics of the clause, with various reorderings and word orders that alternate based on emphatic criteria. Putting those aside, it is still possible to extract a default word order that includes no emphasis.

The default word order in Ktarh independent active transitive clauses is strongly verb-initial, yet is pretty evenly split between VSO and VOS, with the latter being slightly more frequent. Pseudopassive clauses are VSO far more often than VOS, while reflexive clauses are usually VR (where R is the reflexive double argument). Passive clauses behave a bit more unusually: they are usually verb-initial, but if the old nominative gets demoted to a vialis or instrumental it gets to come after the new accusative; this doesn't apply if it demotes to an ornative. Oblique arguments added to the passive always come immediately after the verb, even after emphatic reordering.

In intransitive clauses, the word order is still usually verb-initial.

Polytransitive indicative clauses have a freer word order that is primarily pragmatic: non-core arguments closer to the end of the sentence are less emphasised; full emphasis is achieved by placing the non-core arguments before the verb itself. The core arguments still get ordered as they would have gotten in an equivalent monotransitive sentence.

Copula UsageEdit

Even though Kti has a copular verb "kin", the copula itself isn't used to link its subject with an adjectival phrase in normal constructions (descriptive gerundives notwithstanding as they are a special case). The copula links two noun phrases to the effect of "X is(n't) Y".

Comparison of AdjectivesEdit

Ktarh adjectives have a relatively simplistic system of comparison: it has a comparative, superlative, equative, subpar and excessive degree. The comparative degree is marked either with the adverb "idī" or "ē' ", and if something is compared to it is introduced as a complement in the illative case. The superlative degree is marked with the adverb "sis" and it can have a partitive or genitive complement. The equative is marked with the adverb "ūkdu" and obligatorily introduces a complement in the identical. The subpar and excessive degrees introduce no complements and are respectively marked with "de" and "dǣde". Complements and the adverbs that mark comparison degrees are together considered a special case of adverbial phrases.

PronounsEdit

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Personal PronounsEdit

Ktarh personal pronouns exist only for the first and second person. They have different stems for the core (nominative, accusative, dative, vocative, locative, reflexive) and oblique cases.

Singular Dual Plural
Core Oblique Core Oblique Core Oblique
1st Person Inclusive āshah- ūsha- īkæ- īkt- shis- shā-
Exclusive amæ- amt- kis- kāt-
2nd Person denī- dām- urū- dæ-
dǣdæ-

Relative PronounsEdit

As Kti has special relativisation mechanisms that employ a gerundive instead of a clause in most situations, its palette of relative pronouns is specialised to cater to the minority of edge cases that aren't dealt with using the relative gerundive.

The relative pronoun stems change according to gender and number, and the pronouns additionally have different stems for core and oblique cases:

Core Oblique
Singular Dual Plural Singular Dual Plural
Ktarh (ktrh) dēna- dēkat- dēkak- dēse- dāta- dāka-
Machine (mech) dēse-
Critter (crit) dēmæ- dāka- dēki-
Dead (dead) dēnoshēs- dēshi-
Inanimate (inan) dētō- dēti-
Time (time) dārik-
Place (plac) dēkrō-
Manner (mnnr) dāta-
Cause (caus) dēsē-
Result (resu) dē'at-
Amount (amnt) dāsez-

The core cases here are the dative, instrumental, locative, vocative, reflexive, genitive and possessive; all the others are oblique. The pronouns decline as normal nouns.

CorrelativesEdit

Ktarh correlatives are formed via agglutination: they're made up of a type prefix and category suffix.

Correlatives
Interrogative (intr)* Demonstrative* Typical*
Proximate (prox) Distant (dist) General (genr) Specific (spec) Universal (univ) Negative (nega) Selective Dual (duas) Negative Dual (duan) Alternative (altr) Consistent (cons)
Pro-Adjective (adj) to-ksi- ra-ksi- rēz-ksi- kir-ksi- kō-ksi- kāsha-ksi- ǣki-ksi- kōkik-ksi- ǣkik-ksi te-ksi- ū-ksi-
Pronoun Animate Ktarh (ktrh) to-kte-
Animate Machine (mech) to-kshe-
Critter (crit) to-kar-
Dead (dead)
Inanimate (inan)
Adverb Time (time) to-rik-
Place (plac) to-krō-
Manner (mnnr) to-ta-
Cause (caus) to-kē-
Result (resu) to-'at-
Amount (amnt) to-kez-

*which one, this one, that one, anyone, exactly one, everyone, no one, either one, neither one, another one, same one

NounsEdit

General PropertiesEdit

Ktarh nouns are marked for the following categories:

  • Number
  • Case
  • Animacy
  • Gender

NumberEdit

In Kti, nouns can be marked for three numbers:

  1. Singular, glossed <sg>
  2. Dual, glossed <du>
  3. Plural, glossed <pl>

The singular marks for one instance of the noun. This usage can also be used for marking collectives, associative groups or clusters of nouns; this isn't unusual usage. Some nouns can only take the singular marking; these nouns are called <singularia tantum>. These nouns are usually material nouns, religious terms and astronomical nomenclature.

The dual marks for two instances of the noun. Some nouns can only take the dual marking; these are called <dualia tantum>. These nouns are usually body part nouns and some astronomical nomenclature.

The plural marks for any quantity that exceeds two. Some nouns take only the plural marking; these are called <pluralia tantum>.

These "one-number" nouns behave as normal nouns in that they still have the properties of case, gender and animacy, and still undergo declension. If such a noun needs to be marked for number other than their inherent, the number may be expressed by introducing another word that does agree in number normally and acts as a determiner, usually an adjective or another noun, that agrees in the noun's stead. If the determiner is a noun, the original noun goes into the genitive case while the determiner usually goes after the original noun. If the determiner is an adjective, it is placed like a normal adjective relative to the noun; the noun then agrees in case as it normally would.

CaseEdit

Kti is an extremely inflecting language whose nouns can be in any of its 28 cases. Case in Kti usually reflects grammatical and syntactic relations though some verbs and certain other constructions force the usage of a specific case or a specific set of cases even though they would not usually be present in such a position regularly.

The twenty-eight cases are divided into three categories:

  1. Eleven postpositional cases
  2. Nine core cases
  3. Eight miscellaneous cases

The first category includes cases with either meanings of location, motion or time. The second category includes cases whose main purpose is to indicate some of the major thematic relations. The third category of miscellaneous cases includes cases whose functions are drop-outs from the two previous labels.

The following table includes the cases along with their general usage:

Cases
Case Gloss Usage
Nominative nom Marks the voluntary subject and the voluntary agent
Accusative acc Marks the patient of both transitive and intransitive sentences
Dative dat Marks the involuntary subject and involuntary agent, as well as the experiencer in some situations involving qualitative adjectives. Also marks orientation and beneficiary.
Instrumental ins Marks the instrument as well as company. Can also mark manner.
Locative loc Marks both a generic static location and a topic of discourse.
Vocative voc Marks both the addressed and the subject and agent of imperative verbs.
Reflexive ref Marks the reflexive core argument of mediopassive verbs.
Genitive gen Marks inalienable possession. Is also used for marking material.
Possessive pos Marks alienable possession.
Intrative int Marks a static (physical or metaphorical) location between multiple objects or concepts, requires either the dual or plural of one noun to be marked, or two or more singular nouns to be marked.
Inessive ine Marks a static location inside the marked.
Subessive sbs Marks a static location beneath the marked.
Ablative abl Marks either a source or origin of motion from the marked.
Delative del Marks origin of motion from the surface of the marked.
Elative ela Marks origin of motion from the inside of the marked.
Sublative sbl Marks destination of motion as below the marked.
Allative all Marks destination of motion onto the surface of the marked.
Illative ill Marks destination of motion into the marked.
Perlative per Marks for motion through the marked.
Vialis via Marks path of motion, also marks for method. Can also mark manner.
Antessive ant Indicates that the action precedes the marked temporally.
Revertive rev Indicates opposite of the marked, the inverse of the marked.
Abessive abe Indicates lack of marked; rarely independent.
Identical ide Marks for possession of identical properties or a complete match. Makes modifiers.
Ornative orn Marks for decoration, can also mark for instrument or company but usually exclusively in situations of conflict.
Adventive adv Never independent.
Partitive par Marks for a segment detached from a logical whole. Can also mark material.
Aversive ave Marks patients of verbs of fear and avoidance. Can also mark cause for verbs of motion.

There also exists a commitative (glossed com) that has fallen out of common usage. It is used to mark for company, although it is being supplanted by the ornative and instrumental.

Case StackingEdit

Case stacking (i.e. inflecting a noun for several grammatical categories) is somewhat a widespread phenomenon in Kti. It operates by taking an already inflected noun and inflecting it further as if it were bare. The once-inflected noun is called the "theme" and the twice-inflected one is called the "anatheme". Likewise, the suffixes that form them are called thematic and anathematic, respectively. The declension to which the theme belongs and from which the anathematic suffix is drawn is determined by the shape of the thematic suffix.

The thematic and anathematic affixes will always agree in number in the acrolect. More informal varieties of speech can have the theme be in the singular but the anatheme be in the expected number; this is not frequent even in the most informal of registers.

Sometimes, the cases stacking could be similar in meaning and overlapping in usage, thus leading to stacking for pure emphasis.

TypesEdit

There are two noun types in Kti:

  1. Regular-type nouns
  2. Clipping-type nouns

The difference in these two types is in how they behave under declension. Where regular-types just attach a suffix, clipping-type undergo an ablaut in the last vowel in the manner full~half~null. This ablaut is called "clipping". There are precisely determined enviroments in which this happens, but the nouns are random in their type placement.
Full vowels are lengthened ones, half vowels are short and null represents the lack of the vowel.

Vowel Grades
Singular Dual Plural
Nominative SPECIAL HALF FULL
Genitive HALF FULL FULL
Dative FULL NULL HALF
Accusative FULL FULL HALF
Instrumental FULL HALF HALF
Locative HALF NULL HALF
Vocative SPECIAL SPECIAL FULL
Reflexive NULL HALF NULL
Intrative FULL HALF HALF
Inessive FULL HALF FULL
Subessive NULL FULL NULL
Ablative HALF NULL HALF
Delative HALF HALF HALF
Elative FULL FULL FULL
Allative NULL FULL HALF
Illative NULL NULL NULL
Sublative HALF HALF HALF
Perlative FULL FULL NULL
Prosecutive HALF HALF HALF
Antessive FULL HALF FULL
Reversive HALF NULL NULL
Abessive HALF FULL NULL
Identical HALF FULL FULL
Ornative
Adventive
Possessive
Partitive
Aversive HALF FULL HALF

DeclensionEdit

Case in Kti is conflated with number; that is, a single Ktarh suffix marks for both the number of a noun and its case. Due to its ancestor's moderately agglutinating nature, many of the suffixes among the declensions share vague resemblance.

Ktarh nouns are declined according to three declensions:

  1. Mid-central vowel declension
  2. Vocalic declension
  3. Consonant declension
    1. Bare consonantal
    2. Augmented consonantal

The mid-central vowel declension includes nouns that end in any of /ɛ ɛ: a a: ɞ ɞ: ɔ ɔ: ɒy iɞ/ optionally additionally followed by /ʔ/. The vocalic declension includes nouns that end in a vowel optionally followed by /ʔ/; they usually do not include mid-central declension nouns although mid-central declension nouns can decline according to the vocalic pattern. Both these declensions lack a nominative suffix.
The consonantal declension contains nouns that end in a consonant. They're divided into bare and augmented nouns, depending on whether they have a suffix in the nominative singular (augmented) or not (bare). No augmented noun undergoes clipping. All vocalic declension nouns can also be declined as bare consonantal nouns if they end in /ʔ/.

While the vowel declensions lack a dedicated nominative suffix, the vowel itself is often taken to be a nominative suffix and is often removed in declensions. This reanalysis is nearly ubiquitous in speech and moderately frequent in writing.

There is a general tendency for first-declension nouns to be feminine and third-declension nouns to be masculine, while second-declension nouns generally have nouns of both genders more or less evenly spread out. While the tendencies are not steadfast for native words which can appear in various gender-declension combinations, they're followed quite closely when loaning words from non-Dnaric sources.

As a general rule, triple consonants simplify to double and double short vowels merge into a single long. A hiatus of one short and one long vowel is generally resolved in two ways: first, if they have different qualities the long vowel supplants the short one; second, if they have the same quality they merge into a single phonetically overlong vowel (written as, for example, <> for [a::]). Phonotactically strained, convoluted or invalid combinations are broken up usually with either an echo or a dissonant vowel.

First declension nouns decline using these affixes:

First Declension
Singular Dual Plural
nom \varnothing -īde -rem
acc -n -man -nem
dat -nes -mēz -mēz
ins -'na -'nes
-'nem
-'nem
loc -'man
-mæ
-'nam
-'man
-'ri
voc -ne -dōka -mer
ref -'ru
-rū
-nēm -ra
gen -āke -nake -āke
-nake
pos -nūka -īs -sham
int -nnæ -mǣk -dēn
ine -nēki
-nek
-nadī -haz
sbs -shæ -mer -ris
abl -nuk -nuzīm
-nuzim
-kazh
del -nama -særū -am'a
ela -ēm -ēsen -nik
sbl \varnothing
all -nǣk -mæm -nāme
-nām
ill -nēme -sumē -kamē
-kashē
per -zhe -nōta -ōta
via -īra
-ēra
-īra
ant -nǣke -nāme -ūza
rev -nake -nūs
abe -nōm -nēna -s'mnār
ide -ēkke -tæ -aikke
-ēkke
orn -'rim
-rim
-riz -'rim
-rim
adv ō-...-zāh -meiæ
par -sa -neksa
-sa
-sa
ave -ten -den -ten

An additional feature of the first declension is lengthening of the last stem vowel in regular-type nouns in some case-number combinations. The lengthening progression is "short > long > overlong". It is optional, rarest in the prolative and most common in the partitive. This lengthening can be summarised as such:

Singular Dual Plural
del No Yes Yes
par Yes
rev
ela No
pro No Yes

The possessive case has a reverse effect in all three numbers: it shortens the last vowel. When the vowel is already short, nothing is done unto it.

Second-declension nouns have a distinct but rare commitative case. Unlike with the first declension, there is no pseudo-clipping in the form of lengthening or shortening of vowels in special case forms. Second-declension nouns can also have a metathetic effect upon their final consonants (even if separated by a vowel) but this is an informal and non-standard development. They can also lose their final glottal stop regardless of phonotactics; this is extremely informal. Second-declension nouns decline using these affixes:

Second Declension
Singular Dual Plural
nom \varnothing -īde -rak
acc -num -nām
dat -nes -nēz
ins -na -nes
loc -num -nām
voc -re -dōka -mer
ref -su -sem -sek
gen -āke -rake
pos -nūma -īr -kām
int -nnæ -rak -da
ine -(r)ūni -nadi -kāz
sbs -shæ -ner -kis
-kāz
abl -nak -nurim -kāz
del -nama -nāru -naz
-nak
ela -ēm -ēren -nik
sbl \varnothing
all -nǣd -næm -kam
ill -nēme -rūme -kāme
per -sē -nōta -kōta
via -īra
ant -āka -rāh -kasho
rev -nūs
abe -nōm -nēna -s'mnāk
ide -aikke
-ēkke
-te -aikke
-ēkke
orn -sim -sir -kis
-sik
adv ō-...-zāh -mai
par -sa -msa -ksa
ave -den
(com) -ra -res
-rek

Many second-declesnion nouns can have some old, otherwise obsolete inflectional affixes. This is a vestige of the pre-modern Ktarh inflecional system that arguably was somewhat more complex. Some of these suffixes are somewhat frequent, others are quite obscure and limited to a handful of nouns.

Third-declension nouns can be divided into augmented and bare-stem nouns, where the augmented nouns have a nominative suffix and bare nouns don't. These two categories differ minimally; third declension nouns decline with these affixes:

Third Declension
Singular Dual Plural
nom -ade -ak
acc -um -ām -ām
-āk
dat -ēs -ēz
ins -an -nes
loc -un -ēm -ēs
voc -Øe -Øōr -Øōk
ref -ūs -ūm -ūk
gen -āke -ake
pos -ūman -īr -ād
int -æn -ar -āz
ine -ūni -adi
sbs -æsh -er -is
abl -ān -īru -āk
-ak
del -ama -āru
ela -ēm -eren -nik
sbl
all -ǣd -ær -īm
ill -ēme -ūme -āme
per -ez -ōta
via -īra
ant -āha -ār -āko
rev -ūs
abe -ōm -ēna -īk
-āk
ide -aikke
-ēkke
-et -aikke
-ēkke
orn -is -ir -ik
adv ō-...-āz -aim
par -as -amsa -aksa
ave -en -ēr -ēd

In the table, the zero element <Ø> is representative of the nominative suffix that also appears in the vocative. Bare nouns do not have it and augmented nouns can have one of several of these. Due to several mergers, metathesis can also appear in some situation, not unlike with the second declension. It too is somewhat informal.

Some third-declension augmented nouns may reanalyse their nominative suffix and retain it, thus incorporating it into the stem to give an alternate form of the word and an alternate inflection. This reanalysis usually is limited to some more common nouns but is not rigidly applied.

AdjectivesEdit

Kti has two types of adjectives: the independent and dependent adjectives. The primary difference between these types of adjectives is that the independent adjectives are nouns in function and shape and can stand without an element to modify, while dependent adjectives are exclusively modifiers that require a modified element.

Independent AdjectivesEdit

Ktarh independent adjectives are recognisable by their nominative <-arh> ending. Most independent adjectives found in Ktarh are nationalities, language names, ethnicities and such forms.
Groups of people can be denoted by their independent adjective if the group as a whole was meant, or if the group the people belong to is one of their defining characteristics.

Independent adjectives decline as inanimate masculines. They are semantically closer to nouns than dependent adjectives and can be used as nouns. Many independent adjectives are derived irregularly from their stems.

Dependent AdjectivesEdit

Ktarh dependent adjectives come in three flavours:

  • relative gerundive
  • descriptive gerundive
  • qualitative adjective

All three dependent adjectives can be placed inside a noun phrase to act as modifiers. Of these three, the qualitative is semantically closest to a true adjective, while the gerundives are semantically closer to dependent clauses.

The verbs of the gerundives decline for case and number in agreement with their modified element as if they were part of the third declension, while the qualitative adjective conjugates like a regular verb. Gerundives form a gerundive phrase with whatever other element they introduce.

Relative GerundiveEdit

The Ktarh relative gerundive is a regular verb form that carries the same semantic information that a simple relative phrase in English does. It is formed from a fully conjugated verb, with the addition of its infinitive suffix (-ton/-don). The only irregular relative gerundive is the one formed from the copula "kin" which takes "-kon" as the infinitive suffix's replacement.

It has odd behaviour in its morphosyntax: if the gerundive is in the active the modified acts as the subject of the relative pseudo-clause, while if it is in the pseudopassive it acts as the object of the clause which then conjugates according to the actual subject.

An example noun phrase using the relative gerundive as its modifier: "ārasa kuhitaiton" (the mother who loves, the loving mother); its pseudopassive complement would be "ārasa kuhitrāteiton" (the mother whom I love).

Gerundives using the copula are limited in scope and use: they can only be used in the same positions the qualitative adjective can -- for introducing qualities -- and has a very specific and limited syntax. It is primarily used when the independent adjective has to be used to describe a noun phrase.
All relative copular gerundives have the fixed word order of "ind.adj. + gerundive". They always stand alongside the phrase they modify, and normally come after the phrase; coming before the phrase is used for emphasis. They're usually written as hyphenated with their independent adjective.

An example noun phrase using the copular gerundive as its modifier: "īri ktarh-ktaikon" (the seer who's Ktarh, the Ktarh seer)

Descriptive GerundiveEdit

The Ktarh descriptive gerundive is a regular formation from the copula "kin". It is used to equate the phrase it modifies with the noun or noun phrase it introduces. It consists of a noun phrase and the conjugated copula suffixed with "-ton". When the copula introduces a single noun, the order of the copula in relation to it is free; when it introduces a phrase, its position varies according to where the gerundive phrase is relative to what it modifies: if the modified comes first, the order is "modified + phrase + copula" and when the modifier is first, it is "copula + phrase + modified". When the copula introduces a single noun, it is usually written as hyphenated with it; when it introduces a noun phrase, the constituents of the phrase can optionally be hyphenated.

An example noun phrase using the descriptive gerundive (with a single noun) as its modifier: "īra 'īrni-ktaiton" (the divinatrix that's a foreigner); its equivalent with a phrase would be "ktaiton arāsa-kuhitaiton īra" (the divinatix that's a loving mother)

Qualitative AdjectiveEdit

The Ktarh qualitative adjective is morphologically a normally inflected verb that semantically (and often syntactically) acts as a modifier. The adjective can act either as a modifier or as a full verb. An example: "asratai odanænǣk hsōrīrtai īra" (the black divinatrix chases after the sinner)

VerbsEdit

Verbs are words that describe action, the one who completes the action, time of completion and such.

All Ktarh verbs, except for the copula "kin", end in either -ton (most frequently) or -don (some irregulars) in the infinitive.

The verbs are divided into auxiliary and main verbs. Acting auxiliary verbs are used to provide further morphological or semantic info about the main verbs. Main verbs represent the main action and make up the main body count of verbs.

Verbs in Kti are conjugated according to:

  1. Object gender
  2. Tense
  3. Number
  4. Person
  5. Voice
  6. Mood
  7. Aspect

The Ktarh verb has a general templatic structure when it comes to its affix order. A simple tabellar overview:

Ktarh verb template
-3 -2 -1 R +1 +2 +3 +4 I
object agreement TPN aspect root aspect voice TPN mood infinitive
stem
macrostem

The root of the verb is usually found by detaching the infinitive suffix from the bare, citational infinitive. Most roots end in a vowel, but some may have an extra vowel inserted even though it is missing from their root.

Object AgreementEdit

Ktarh verbs have a set of prefixes that agree the verbs to their direct objects only. This feature, called object agreement, gives Kti the status of a borderline polysynthetic language.
The prefixes are:

Animate Inanimate
Sentient Critter Dead
Masculine \varnothing- æm- sem- \varnothing-
Feminine \varnothing- æm- se- \varnothing-
Mechanoid \varnothing- æm-

Verbs in Kti agree to their object's gender and animacy - certain combinations lack a form.

These prefixes are optional only in cases when the object is present or previously introduced. If the object has been ommited, the prefixes are obligatory.

Tense, Person, NumberEdit

Tenses represent the temporal value of the referenced actions. Tenses branch into simple and more complex. Simple tenses are the basic tenses, self-sufficient and needn't have acting auxiliary verbs. Complex tenses use simple tenses of acting auxiliary and main verbs to be formed, and usually represent actions with certain parts in more than one time.

Among others, the most common tenses are simple present, past, and future tenses in Kti, each expressing their corresponding period, and there are tenses with multiple possible times (future/present for example) which, for example, describe an action which has started in the past and has finished at the time of utterance.

Temporal information in Kti is conflated with the person and number of the verb's nominative argument. This macrocategory is abbreviated as "TPN".

Basic TensesEdit

Basic tenses are formed by simple affixation to the verb. They are:

  1. Present simple
  2. Past simple
  3. Past aorist

Present SimpleEdit

A verb in the simple present (glossed "prs") describes an action which is happening or has begun now, at the time of utterance. Its perfective and imperfective aspectual forms provide marking for completion. The following table depicts the present simple of the copula (kin):

Number=> Singular Dual Plural
First Person Inclusive kni knei ktei
Exclusive knū kmei
Second Person knim knit ktit
Third Person Proximate ktai ktei ktai
Obviative knei knai

Because 'kin' is irregular, the table doesn't apply to other verbs, but only to 'kin'. The rules governing Present Simple are different. Let's take the verb 'to love' (kuhiton) for example:

Number=> Singular Dual Plural
First Person Inclusive kuhitei kuhiten kuhitan
Exclusive kuhitēn kuhitæn
Second Person kuhitoi kuhitū' kuhitai
Third Person Proximate kuhitai kuhitin kuhitæi
Obviative kuhidai kuhiden

As 'kuhiton' is a regular verb, its suffixes are by extension also regular - it shares its suffixes with other regular verbs. The suffixes for Present Simple are:

Number=> Singular Dual Plural
First Person Inclusive -tei -ten -tan
Exclusive -tēn -tæn
Second Person -toi -tū' -tai
Third Person Proximate -tai -tin -tæi
Obviative -dai -den

Past SimpleEdit

The simple past (glossed "pst") denotes the action happening prior to the present. The action in question may possibly have been completed but its goal wasn't accomplished thus being primarily atelic. The perfective and imperfective mark for the completion of the action. The verb 'kin' in the simple past:

Number=> Singular Dual Plural
First Person Inclusive kami kamen kanam
Exclusive kemēn kunæ
Second Person kamoi kenām meknō
Third Person Proximate 'ūkem nēker dekæi
Obviative kmār kni

The suffixes for the simple past are:

Number=> Singular Dual Plural
First Person Inclusive -mi -men -an
Exclusive -mēn -næ
Second Person -noi -nām -nō
Third Person Proximate -mōi -mer -tæi
Obviative -nār -ni

The verb "s'mnaraiton" (to speak a language) conjugated for all forms:

Number=> Singular Dual Plural
First Person Inclusive s'mnaraimi s'mnaraimen s'mnaraian
Exclusive s'mnaraimēn s'mnarainæ
Second Person s'mnarainoi s'mnarainām s'mnarainō
Third Person Proximate s'mnaraimōi s'mnaraimer s'mnaraitæi
Obviative s'mnarainār s'mnaraini

Past AoristEdit

The past aorist (glossed "aor") marks the action beginning in the past and having an unknown duration. It isn't marked for telicity - we don't know whether the goal was accomplished or not. The perfective and imperfective show whether the action can or will be completed or not.

Non-plural Plural
First Person Inclusive kumu kæhēn
Exclusive 'ukū kān
Second Person nukis zkatī
Third Person Proximate ūhem kot
Obviative tōkæn

And here is an examle of the verb "irineton" (to be infected with ...) conjugated for the past aorist:

Non-plural Plural
First Person Inclusive irinēdā irinemer
Exclusive irināter irinesmu
Second Person irinekǣ irinehai
Third Person Proximate irineseh irinīka
Obviative irinēn irinūka

And here are the endings:

Non-plural Plural
First Person Inclusive -edā -mer
Exclusive -āter -smu
Second Person -kǣ -hai
Third Person Proximate -seh -īka
Obviative -an -ūka

If the suffix begins in a long vowel and is attached to a word with a short final vowel, the final vowel is replaced by the suffix's long vowel; if the suffix begins in a short vowel and the word ends with an incompatible short vowel, the suffix's vowel either transforms into the word's final vowel or an excrescent /x/ is added between the two. If the word ends with a long final vowel and the suffix begins in a vowel, an excrescent /x/ is added between the two.

Complex TensesEdit

Complex tenses are formed via the basic verb forms . These tenses use acting auxiliary verbs in combination with the main verb.

The complex tenses are the Pluperfect, the Future, the Present Periodic, the Past Periodic, the Future Periodic and the Past Inceptive.

PluperfectEdit

The pluperfect (glossed "ppf") marks the action as happening prior to or at the same time as another action to which it is relative. Standing alone, it indicates a remote past, or rather, has a historic meaning. It is constructed in two ways: it has a compound and an analytic form.
Both forms in their basis have the semantically bleached verb "daraton" in the past simple (with a minor variation) and the main verb either in the aorist or present simple (varies from verb to verb) for the analytic form, or its stem in the compound form.

This is the verb "kin" in both forms:

Analytic Form
Number=> Singular Dual Plural
First Person Inclusive darami kni daramen knei darān ktei
Exclusive daramēn knū daranæ kmei
Second Person daranoi knim daranām knit daranō ktit
Third Person Proximate daramori ktai daramer ktei daratæi ktai
Obviative daranori knei daranār ktei darani knai
Compound Form
Number=> Singular Dual Plural
First Person Inclusive ktidarami ktidaramen ktidarān
Exclusive ktidaramēn ktidaranæ
Second Person ktidaranoi ktidaranām ktidaranō
Third Person Proximate ktidaramori ktidaramer ktidaratæi
Obviative ktidaranori ktidaranār ktidarani

The basic formula is:

  1. "daraton" (pst) + VERB (prs/aor)
  2. STEM + "daraton" (pst)

FutureEdit

The future (glossed "fut") marks the action as taking place in the future (as in not having happened yet or isn't happening at the moment).
It is formed with the optative copula "dūston" in the present together with the present of the verb.
It only has an analytic form. The verb "kin" in the future:

Analytic form
Number=> Singular Dual Plural
First Person Inclusive dūstei kni dūsten knei dūstan ktei
Exclusive dūstēn knū dūstæn kmei
Second Person dūstoi knim dūstū' knit dūstai ktit
Third Person Proximate dūstai ktai dūstin ktei dūstæi ktai
Obviative dūsdai knei dūsden knai

An interesting observation on the future of verbs is that the auxiliary part rhymes with its content part (conjugated verb) as they have the same endings.
The verb "kuhiton" in the future:

Analytic form
Number=> Singular Dual Plural
First Person Inclusive dūstei kuhitei dūsten kuhiten dūstan kuhitan
Exclusive dūstēn kuhitēn dūstæn kuhitæn
Second Person dūstoi kuhitoi dūstū' kuhitū' dūstai kuhitai
Third Person Proximate dūstai kuhitai dūstin kuhitin dūstæi kuhitæi
Obviative dūsdai kuhidai dūsden kuhiden

Past PeriodicEdit

The past periodic (glossed "pstp") marks the action as happening in increments in the past, but looked at as a whole. The division may be temporal in nature, but also might be structural.
It has two forms: an analytic and a synthetic form. The analytic form is formed by conjugating "hdæton" in the past aorist and the main verb in the present, while the synthetic form requires the main verb to be conjugated in the past aorist and <hdæ-> to be prefixed onto it.

The verb "damǣton" (to connect oneself to/with sth.) in both forms of the past periodic:

Analytic form
Number=> Singular Dual Plural
First Person Inclusive hdæedā damǣtei hdæedā damǣten hdæmer damǣtan
Exclusive hdāter damǣtēn hdæsmu damǣtæn
Second Person hdækǣ damǣtoi hdækǣ damǣtū' hdæhai damǣtai
Third Person Proximate hdæseh damǣtai hdæseh damǣtin hdīka damǣtæi
Obviative hdæhan damǣdai hdæhan damǣtin hdūka damǣden
Compound form
Non-plural Plural
First Person Inclusive hdædamǣhedā hdædamǣmer
Exclusive hdædamǣhāter hdædamǣsmu
Second Person hdædamǣkǣ hdædamǣhai
Third Person Proximate hdædamǣseh hdædamǣhīka
Obviative hdædamǣhan hdædamǣhūka

Present PeriodicEdit

The present periodic (glossed "prsp") marks the action as happening in increments at the time of speaking, but looked at as a whole. The division may be temporal in nature, but also might be structural.
It has two forms: an analytic and a compound form. The analytic form is formed by conjugating "hmōton" in the compound pluperfect and the main verb in the present, while the compound form requires the main verb to be conjugated in the present and <hdæ-> to be prefixed onto it.

The verb "rūrkaton" in both forms:

Analytic Form
Number=> Singular Dual Plural
First Person Inclusive hmōdarami rūrkatei hmōdaramen rūrkaten hmōdarān rūrkatan
Exclusive hmōdaramēn rūrkatēn hmōdaranæ rūrkatæn
Second Person hmōdaranoi rūrkatoi hmōdaranām rūrkatū' hmōdaranō rūrkatai
Third Person Proximate hmōdaramori rūrkatai hmōdaramer rūrkatin hmōdaratæi rūrkatæi
Obviative hmōdaranori rūrkadai hmōdaranār rūrkatin hmōdarani rūrkaden
Compound Form
Number=> Singular Dual Plural
First Person Inclusive hdærūrkatei hdærūrkaten hdærūrkatan
Exclusive hdærūrkatēn hdærūrkatæn
Second Person hdærūrkatoi hdærūrkatū' hdærūrkatai
Third Person Proximate hdærūrkatai hdærūrkatin hdærūrkatæi
Obviative hdærūrkadai hdærūrkaden

Future PeriodicEdit

The future periodic (glossed futp) marks the action happening in increments of time, usually beginning after the time of speaking. The division may be temporal in nature, but also might be structural.
It only has one form, the compound form, made by conjugating the verb in the present and prefixing <dūs-> onto it.

The verb "suraton" (to choose by vote, to elect) in the future periodic:

Number=> Singular Dual Plural
First Person Inclusive dūssuratei dūssuraten dūssuratan
Exclusive dūssuratēn dūssuratæn
Second Person dūssuratoi dūssuratū' dūssuratai
Third Person Proximate dūssuratai dūssuratin dūssuratæi
Obviative dūssuradai dūssuraden

Past InceptiveEdit

The past inceptive (glossed icp) marks the action to have begun in the past but is still ongoing at the time of speaking. It is formed by suffixing <-(h)ū> to the past aorist. Perfective verbs can't be marked for the past inceptive.

The verb "skakaton" (to wander, to walk without aim) in the past inceptive:

Non-plural Plural
First Person Inclusive skakēdāhū skakamerū
Exclusive skakāterū skakasmuhū
Second Person skakakǣhū skakahaihū
Third Person Proximate skakasehū skakīkahū
Obviative skakēnū skakūkahū

VoiceEdit

Ktarh verbs directly inflect for the active, passive and pseudopassive voices. There also exists a mediopassive that takes a reflexive argument but is morphologically identical to the active. Direct inflections for voice work by extending the stem of the verb and then having it inflect as an extended stem, additionally called the macrostem.

ActiveEdit

The active voice takes a zero morpheme as its inflection. It has no special usage rules: its subjects are in the nominative and patients, whenever present, in the accusative. Verbs in the active, furthermore, do not exhibit any additional peculiarities.

PassiveEdit

The passive voice takes the morpheme --. Inflection of a phrase for the passive from the active forces a promotion of the patient to the nominative, pushing out the agent into either the vialis, the ornamental or instrumental cases. In some cases, the subject may be fully ommited. The passive may, but does not obligatorily have to, make a verb be one degree less valent than it used to be. This is rare; whenever the subject is dropped, a common strategy for valence preservation is the insertion of an oblique argument or a locative case marking that has connotations of an oblique argument (usually source or recipient). If the agent is indeed dropped but no valence preservation is employed and the verb decreases in valency, the patient is forced into the position the agent used to take, even if other constituents are allowed to move around. If the verb was intransitive to begin with, when marked for the passive it actually increases its valence, demotes its subject to the role of patient, and thus must either take an agent (but only in the vialis) or oblique arguments.

PseudopassiveEdit

The pseudopassive voice takes the morpheme -trā-. Inflection for the pseudopassive is more straightforward than it is for the passive: transitive phrases' subject and object arguments swap markings, and intransitive subjects receive an accusative marking regardless of their original case (distinguished from the regular intransitive passive in that there are no additional oblique arguments).

MediopassiveEdit

The mediopassive voice takes a zero morpheme in its inflection, but has peculiar valency and argument behaviour. Namely, all mediopassive verbs are at the very least valent, and their agents and patients will always be "embodied" by the same noun or noun phrase; this is the reflexive argument. This reflexive argument takes the reflexive case and always comes directly after the verb in any sentence. A promotion of a subject to a reflexive argument makes the verb transitive; if the verb's semantics are incompatible with having a patient (emotion and state verbs, for example), the verb instead shifts meaning to a causative (be sad > cause eachother to be sad)

MoodEdit

Ktarh verbs inflect for the indicative, imperative (and less prominently the optative), interrogative and hypothetical moods. Modal inflection is handled either with a coverb construction that has the main verb be a peculiar kind of inflected infinitive (this is called the indirect inflection), or with modal verb suffixes (direct inflection). Sometimes only one method of inflection is possible or it may be that one has special connotations, and at others both can be used interchangeably.

The inflected infinitive is actually a defective relative gerundive: it is a fully inflected indicative verb with the infinitive -ton added to it. An example such infinitive is <rzǣrætænton> (~we ignite). The infinitive differs from the gerundive in that it doesn't inflect like a third-declension noun.

A tabular overview of the possibilities:

Mood Indirect Direct
Indicative
Imperative
Interrogative
Hypothetical

IndicativeEdit

The Ktarh indicative is the basic, least marked verbal mood. It is also the only realis mood in the language. It is most commonly inflected for directly, though an emphatic indirect inflection exists. Its direct inflection requires no extensions - its modal suffix is a zero element. Its indirect inflection is performed with the coverb <āskaton> that takes the inflected infinitive as its argument and inflects as if it were a normal verb.

More colloquial speech may produce the same emphatic effect with an uninflected infinitive. In such speechforms, the inflected infinitive is even more emphatic than it is in the acrolect.

Imperative and ObligativeEdit

The imperative mood behaves oddly in Kti. It doesn't have an indirect inflection and has a peculiar direct inflection. Stepping outside the norms of modal inflection, it has multiple suffixes that are added to the verb without tense, person and number marking and instead supplant said marking. The imperative exists in the present and future tenses for the second person singular and first and second person dual and plural, and also as an obligative in the past, present and future tenses for all persons.

Even if the uses and suffixes of the obligative and imperative differ significantly, the obligative is counted as a type of imperative as it behaves like it and is easier to categorise as such. One additional peculiarity of the obligative is that it can be transformed into an inflected infinitive and then further inflected indirectly for mood.

The imperative has the following suffixes:

Imperative Present Future
Singular Dual Plural Singular Dual Plural
1st Person Inclusive \varnothing -tek -ta \varnothing -dek -da
Exclusive -tēk -tæ -dēk -dæn
2nd Person -tō -tūk -tia -dō  -dū/dūk -dia

The obligative has the following suffixes:

Obligative Past Present Future
Non-plural Plural Singular Dual Plural Singular Dual Plural
1st Person Inclusive -sedā -ser -rein -ren -ra -nīd -ned -nuad
Exclusive -sāter -smur -rēk -rōs
2nd Person -sǣ -sai -roi -rām -rū -noi  - nām -nū
3rd Person Proximate -seh -sīka -rai -rin -ræi -nai -nir -næi
Obviate -san -sūka -ren -ner

InterrogativeEdit

The interrogative mood in Kti is inflected for only indirectly, with the coverb <imāton> conjugated regularly that takes the inflected infinitive of the main verb as its argument.

Any of the other moods that has a direct inflection can have its verb transformed into an inflected infinitive and thus afterwards be inflected for the interrogative.

HypotheticalEdit

The Ktarh hypothetical can be inflected for both directly and indirectly. Its indirect inflection is performed by the coverb <uruton> that takes the inflected infinitive as its argument, and its direct inflection is performed with the modal suffix -u'ā. While its indirect inflection is more frequent and otherwise considered less marked and less formal, the direct and indirect inflections are semantically equivalent and are interchangeable without loss of meaning. The only situation that dictates the usage of the direct inflection is interrogative inflection: only the direct hypothetical inflection can form an inflected infinitive which can then be inflected for the interrogative.

AspectEdit

Ktarh verbs have an innate lexical aspect that divides them into perfective and imperfective verbs. Most verbs can be used as of one aspect but some can be ambiguous. There exist baroque derivational mechanisms to change the inherited aspect of the verb, adding additional semantic nuisances along the process.

Due to phonotactical limitations, most Ktarh verb roots end in a vowel. The roots that do not end in a vowel but instead have an anaptyctic vowel belong to an extremely small class of core verbs and as such do not behave well with most of the standard aspectual processes and mechanisms. Aspectual morphology in Kti is partially derivative and partially inflectional. Some verbs inflected with aspectual affixes have acquired a different meaning. The aspectual affixes are cleanly divided into prefixes and suffixes that are functionally independent one from another. Most suffixes start with a consonant, but some instead replace the root's final vowel. All prefixes have a consonant component, and might or might not have an obligatory vocalic component.

PrefixesEdit

The aspectual prefixes in Kti are fairly straightforward and exhibit semi-agglutinative properties: each morpheme encodes for exactly one semantic and one morphological meaning. Some of them have allomorphs that are either conditioned by phonology or in free variation, but most are more or less invariable (save for anaptyctic vowels). Almost all prefixes derive a perfective verb from either an imperfective verb or, less frequently, another perfective verb.

Ktarh Aspectual Prefixes
Prefix Grammatical Meaning
k(a)- prf completion of action

satisfactory fulfillment of action

d(a)- completion of action
that another started
s'n(a)- addition upon previously
completed action
mē- prf:ill verbal pseudo-illative
where verbs acquire an
illative secondary argument

completion of action "into"
an illative argument

NegationEdit

Inflection for negative polarity is quite simple in Kti: it is most commonly carried out with the negative adverb <kæt>, though alternate adverbs (such as <kat> <akak> and <āt>) do exist. Double negation is an extant phenomenon in the language.

Writing SystemEdit

SubpagesEdit

→   Ktarh Naming System
→   Ktarh Literature
→   Ktarh Dictionary
→   Ktarh Politics

RelatedEdit

Oktarh languages
Coastal Eastern Proto-KtarhKtaricKtiDniSekex
Bakaric Proto-BakarhBakihBegk
Akaric Akih
Continental
Isolate

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