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Ocu
313
Type
Analytic
Alignment
Ergative/Accusative
Head direction
Head Initial
Tonal
No
Declensions
No
Conjugations
No
Genders
0
Nouns decline according to...
Case Number
Definiteness Gender
Verbs conjugate according to...
Voice Mood
Person Number
Tense Aspect



IntroductionEdit

The word 'Ocu' is taken from the Latin 'oculus' meaning eye. Ocu is 'spoken' using the eyes, making it a silent language. As humans have only two eyes, and only states, there are only four possible phonemes. This is explained in the phonology. Dispite this phonological simplicity, it has a syntax that should allow most sentences to be translated into the language.

PhonologyEdit

Ocu has exactly four phonemes made up of eye-states.

Phoneme Left Right
0 Open Open
1 Open Closed
2 Closed Open
3 Closed Closed

Lexemes may not contain phoneme 0, for it is used only to seperate them. If a lexeme contains the same phoneme in a row, the phonemes are split by a short state of both eyes open. This is needed since there is no length to phonemes; for example, having one's eyes both closed for any amount of time will always count as phoneme 3. However, if there was a short period of the eyes open, then it will qualify as 33.

AlphabetEdit

Ocu is written using the phoneme numbers in sequence. The short state of both eyes open used to seperate repeated phonemes is not written; the numbers are simply put next to each other.

VocalizationEdit

Alternatively, Ocu may be vocalized using these conversion rules.

Phoneme Vocalized Form
0 Word boundary
Short 0 for seperation Glottal stop
1

i or j

2 u or w
3 a or l

The consonant forms are used only between vowels. Here is an example of the vocalization system: 331201210 = /aʔaju iwi/

SyntaxEdit

Ocu is completely anaylitic, and has no morphology. Particles are used to show relations, derive new words, and create sentences.

TODO

VocabularyEdit

English Ocu
Boy 23122
Eat 132121
Fish 12311
Ocu 313

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