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Pilonja is not complete, so don't expect much out of it.

BackgroundEdit

Without getting into the detail of the world that pilonja exists in, I can say that it has a percularity. In the thought process behind the language, you don't just think in a linear fashion, breaking packages of words into groups based on what is applying to what. You also have to understand and think about the charictaristics of the things you are talking about. In order to talk, you need to know what things do, what they look like, how they move, and seemingly anything that could be useful. It is easy to learn charateristics, but there is no avoiding them.

This is all because in pilonja, there are only nouns. To use a verb, you just say a noun that does that thing, and then qualify it as doing that. To use an adjective, you just say something that has the charictaristic you are refering to, and qualify it as an adjective. This makes a pilonja sentence more like a list of characteristics about something, its relation to other things in that situation and when everything is like this.

This page is set up with the knowledge of characteristics, but is laid out to show you how to make a verb, an adjective, ect.

Vowel HarmonyEdit

The first thing you must know about pilonja grammar is the vowel harmony. The vowel harmony is regular, and its use is also regular. Learning where vowel harmony is used is a must in pilonja. on the chart below, if a vowel must harmonize with another vowel, they must be on the same row. You do this by changing the vowel that is harmonizing to the one that is on the same row as the other vowel, but is in the same column as its self.

a í ú i
u o é i
á/e á/e á/e i

Additionally, "i" harmonizes with everything and does not change. "á" and "e" are special. Each can only be used with certain preceding consonents, and when they need to harmonize, they change to the vowel that they are harmonzing with. When another vowel is harmonzing with it, it changes according to the preceding consonent. "d" is the exception consonent, it does not change its following vowel when it is either "á" or "e."

á/e consonents for each
á k, n, t, s, b, r. "r" changes to j, and keeps á
e p, m, l, j, h, v

Examples. In this chart, the second vowel on the left is harmonzing with the first. The right side is what the result would be. None of these are words, but just examples

ba + to ba + tí
mu + kú mu + ké
ké + pe ké + pé
ja + si ja + si
me + ko me + ká

GrammarEdit

NounsEdit

Nouns in pilonja are simple. They have no gender, no number, and are not marked to be a noun as opposed to other types of words. Nouns break down into 4 cases. The four cases are regular, locative, the apptly named other, and the specially explainitive.

Regular CaseEdit

Nouns in the regular case are used as the nomitive and accusative in other languages. They are the doers and the do-ees. The doer comes first, and the do-ee is suffixed to the qualifier of a verb, see Verbs, and harmonizes its first vowel.

English Pilonja
dog shoots cat káhmén tanno ékobino
dog káhmén
shoot tanno éko
cat bino

Locative CaseEdit

Nouns in the locative case use prepositions, like "to" or "from." The morphology for a locative noun is that it harmonizes its first vowel with its preposition.

English Pilonja
I go to the school tá ijási ko tésén
I
go ijási
to ko
school túsén
to school ko tésén

Other CaseEdit

Nouns in the other case are used similarly to the locative case, except that the locative case is used for anything that describes location. The other case is used for anything else. Like, "because of," "with," ect. Nouns in the other case harmonize their last vowel as either "á" or "e," and are followed by a postposition. The other case is also how you make a possesive, but that comes later.

English Pilonja
I walk with the dog tá opsina úko káhmen po
I
walk opsina úko
dog káhmén
with po
with the dog káhmen po

Explainitive CaseEdit

Pronouns & Emphatic PronounsEdit

Pronouns morph the same as any other noun. Here is a list of personal pronouns

Person Number Regular Emphatic English
1st singular I
1st plural (inclusive) kotá kosé We (if the person you are talking to is part of the "we"
1st plural (exclussive) kot kát We (if the person you are talking to is not part of the "we"
2nd singular me mís You
2nd plural mi amí You (plural)
3rd (person) singular leto He, She
3rd (person) plural ními nomí They
3rd (object) singular ni na It
3rd (object) plural to They
4th singular ra ja One, as in a hypothetical person or object.
4th plural toju túsé Same as the singular, except plural
3rd (inquisitive person) numberless siji séji Who
3rd (inquisitive object) numberless karo kajá what

Emphatic Pronouns and nouns are used to make the listener understand the situation from the emphatic's perspective.

VerbsEdit

Regular VerbsEdit

In pilonja, there aren't verbs in the same sense as in other languages. Instead of a verb, you use a noun that does the thing you are trying to say. There wouldn't be, for instance, a word for "walk." You'd just use "foot," followed by a marker for a verb. The markers harmonize with the last vowel of the noun.

The markers:

Relative Tense Verb State
Before Past o al
Before Present/Future ma
During Past do da
During Present/Future éko ré(n)
After Past íja to
After Present/Future ka per
  • "rén" is used when nothing is suffixed onto it, or if the siffix begins with a vowel. "ré-" is otherwise used.

The state markers are used to say what state you are in, or a change in state. This is explained in the section on ergativity. The relativity of the marker is used to express what the thing does before, during, and after the action. The tense is when the doer is actually doing it. This concept isn't heavilly relevent on grammar, but more on what the item you use in the sentence as the verb, actually does.


example;

English Pilonja
snow kilerín
I fall tá kilerín úko
I prepare to fall tá kilerín sí
I lay down tá kilerín ka
I fell tá kilerín dí
I prepared to fall tá kilerín í
I layed down tá kilerín íja

Ergative VerbsEdit

Pilonja is ergative, that is it makes a distinction between an action, and a change in state. "I run," vs. "I sit." Change in states use the state qualifiers, and follow the order below,

English Pilonja
The dog sits káhmén moso rén
I sit the dog down káhmén moso rété
The dog sits itself down káhmén moso réni
ass moso

CopulaEdit

The copula is also a different case than other languages. It is a not an odd verb, it is a special case of a noun. Instead of saying "X is Y," you say "X is Y, in relation to Z." "Z" is the noun that is in the special case. To put a noun in this case, you harmonize the first vowel as "á/e," and prefix "i-" to it. The noun can be translated as either "is in relation to Z," or "is Z-ly."

English Pilonja
Finnish is difficult, linguistically síomi salomé ilempíállá
Finnish síomi
difficult salomé
language lampíállá
is in terms of language ilempíállá

"i-" is a prefix for progressiveness with verbs. It always has to be used in an "X is Y" situation, even an "X was Y" one. To change the tense of a statement like this, you use the state markers. However in the present during state, no marker is needed, unless a modal or mood is being used. If you use a state marker, "i-" must still be used, but it is prefixed to the qualifier instead.

This construction is usually used for explanations. ie, Someone asks "what do you mean, 'I run cheatah-like?,'" you can reply with, "You are cheetah-like, in respect to speed." More on that in relativity though.

RelativityEdit

A word is relative when it used in two consecutive sentences where the word is anything but the subject in the first, and is only the subject in the second. This is usually just one sentence in english, but pilonjan syntax favours multiple simple sentences than large constructions. Take this example, then I will explain

English Pilonja
I walk to the pool that you swim in. tá ijási ko ékén. ti sa-úkén, me sota úko.
I walk to the pool. tá ijási ko ékén.
In that pool, you swim. ti sa-úkén, me sota úko.
Reletivity prefix su-
in / on ti
pool úkén

The marker is used to add any extra meaning to a certain word in a certence. In this case, rather than saying I was going to just any pool, I specified that it was the pool you swim in.

The reletive word, which can be a verb, adjective or noun comes first in the trailing sentence, and takes the prefix "su-" (keeping the hiphen.) "su-" harmonizes to the first vowel of the word. Any prepostion or postposition required is kept in its regular position with the word. If an explainitive noun is used with the relative word, it goes immediately after the reletive word, or if a postposition is used, after that.

MoodsEdit

There are 5 moods in pilonja, in both positive and negative. They are prefixed to the verb qualifier. The vowel's in brackets are dropped if the qualifier starts with a vowel, otherwise it harmonizes. These are the moods;

  • The assertive mood is the "default" mood. Emphatic nouns have relatively no affect.
Positive Negative Positive example Translation Negative example Translation Emphatic example Translation
n/a n(o) lí sota úko He swims lí sota núko He didn't swim n/a n/a
  • The commissive mood commits the speaker to the sentence, that is the speaker is committed to acomplishing the situation Similar to the english axillary verb, "will." Emphatic nouns make it so that the subject is committed.
d(íi)- r(ú) lí sota dúko He swims, and I am committed to making and/or keeping this true lí sota rúko He swims, and I am not committed to making and/or keeping this true leto sota dúko He will swim, and is committed to making and/or keeping this true
  • The declarative mood makes the sentence a statment. Emphatic nouns make the sentence like a statement from the perspective of the subject about what it does. The declarative mood can have 2 subjects, if one is emphatic.
an- k(o)- lí sota anéko I say, "he swims" lí sota kúko I don't say, "he swims" leto me sota anéko He says, "you swim."
  • The directive mood is used to make commands. If the subject of the sentence is not 2nd person, the sentence is more like a declaration from the speaker that he wants the sentence accomplished. If the sentence is emphatic, it means that the subject wants the sentence accomplished. 2nd person non-emphatic subjects make commands.
j(i)- vall(o)- lí sota júko I want him to swim lí sota valléko I don't want him to swim leto sota júko He wants to swim
  • The expressive mood is used to describe whether or not the speaker like's that the sentence is true or not. Emphatic nouns makes it whether or not the subject likes that the sentence is true or not
m(o)- h(a)- lí sota múko I like that he swims lí sota húko I don't like that he swims leto sota múko He likes that he swims.

NumbersEdit

Numbers in pilonja are quinary, that is they have a base of 5, with the numbers 0-4. For the chart below, X represents either 1, 2, 3, or 4. One, two, three and four are represented by the letters, k, j, s, and m.

pilonja numerals decimal pilonja name
0 0 dís
1 1 kúks
2 2 joén
3 3 sék
4 4 istí
10 5 kul
20 10 jul
100 25 kén
300 75 sén
1000 125 kít
4000 500 mít
10000 625 kúk
30000 1875 súk
100000 3125 kostí
200000 6250 jostí
341234 12069 sostímúkkítjénsulistí
10131 666 kúkkénsulkúks

Numbers higher than (pilonja: 444444, decimal: 15624) use exponential numerals, and are seperated unlike lower numbers.

pilonja numerals decimal mathmatical representation pilonja name
1`1 15625 1*5^(5+1) kalkét
2`1 31250 2*5^(5+1) jalkét
1`2 78125 1*5^(5+2) kaljét
3`2 234375 3*5^(5+2) saljét
1`3 390625 1*5^(5+3) kalsét
4`3 1562500 4*5^(5+3) malsét
1`4 1953125 1*5^(5+4) kalmét
3`4 5859375 3*5^(5+4) salmét
3`4 2`2 4`1 6078125 (3*5^(5+4)) + (2*5^(5+2)) salmét jaljét malkét
2`4 1`3 200341 4303221 (2*5^(5+4)) + (1*5^(5+3)) + (2*5^5) + (3*5^2) + (4*5) + 1 jalmét kalsét jostísénmulkúks

The next set of numbers are used when Z in X*5^(5+Z) exceeds 4. This is written as X`Z. When it exceeds 4, the equation becomes X*5^(Y5+Z) and is written X~Y`Z. Because Z exists, Y cannot be less than 2. It is said, XáYíitZét

pilonja numerals decimal mathmatical representation pilonja name
1~2 9765625 1*5^(2*5) kájíit
1~2`1 48828125 1*5^((2*5)+1) kájíitkét
1~2`2 244140625 1*5^((2*5)+2) kájíitjét
1~2`3 1220703125 1*5^((2*5)+3) kájíitsét
1~2`4 6103515625 1*5^((2*5)+4) kájíitmét
1~3 6103515625 * 5 1*5^(3*5) kásíit

Nothing above 4~4`4 4~4`3 4~4`2 4~4`1 4~4 4~3`4 4~3`3 4~3`2 4~3`1 4~3 4~2`4 4~2`3 4~2`2 4~2`1 4~2 4`4 4`3 4`2 4`1 444444 (mámíitmét mámíitsét mámíitjét mámíitkét mámíit másíitmét másíitsét másíitjét másíitkét másíit májíitmét májíitsét májíitjét májíitkét májíit mákíitmét mákíitsét mákíitjét mákíitkét mákíit malmét malsét maljét malkét mostímúkmítménmulistí) has not yet been created.

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