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proto-Merethic
Aldmereth
Type Fusional
Alignment Accusative
Head direction Final
Tonal No
Declensions Yes
Conjugations Yes
Genders 3
Nouns decline according to...
Case Number
Definiteness Gender
Verbs conjugate according to...
Voice Mood
Person Number
Tense Aspect
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Proto-Merethic is the protolang of the Merethic language family, of which the most midely-spoken languages in Tamriel belong. It was spoken by the Aldmer in the Mythic period of Tamrielic history.

Classification and DialectsEdit

Proto-Merethic is currently extinct, and dialectic variation was considered minor. All knowledge of proto-Merethic comes from reconstruction of extant languages in the Merethic family.

PhonologyEdit

ConsonantsEdit

Bilabial Dental Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Nasal m̊ m n̊ n
Plosive p b t d k g ʔ
Fricative s z h
Affricate pɸ bβ tθ dð kx gɣ
Approximant ʍ w j
Trill r̊ r
Lateral app. l̊ l

VowelsEdit

Front Central Back
High i u
Mid e o
Low a

PhonotacticsEdit

Onset

Writing SystemEdit

Proto-Merethic is believed to have been an unwritten language, as no written records of it exist. For linguistic purposes, the following orthography is used:

Letter a b g d e h i y k l m n
Sound a b g d e h i j k l m n
Letter o p r s t w z bh gh dh kh lh
Sound o p r s t w z kx
Letter mh nh ph rh th wh
Sound ʍ

GrammarEdit

Proto-Merethic had highly inflectional, mostly suffixing grammar. There were no articles or strict syntax, since inflection provided sufficient context.

NounsEdit

Proto-Merethic nouns inflect for 8 cases, 3 genders, 3 grammatical numbers, and 2 states of definiteness. Case, gender, and number were indicated by a noun suffix, while definiteness was indicated by aspirating the beginning of the word.

Proto-Merethic Noun Endings
Case Gender Singular Dual Plural
Nominative Masculine -as -ayes -ais
Feminine -us -wes -wis
Neuter -os -es -is
Accusative Masculine -am -ayem -aim
Feminine -um -wem -wim
Neuter -om -em -im
Dative Masculine -an -ayen -ain
Feminine -un -wen -win
Neuter -on -en -in
Genitive Masculine -ar -ayer -air
Feminine -ur -wer -wir
Neuter -or -er -ir
Vocative Masculine -a -aye -ai
Feminine -u -we -wi
Neuter N/A
Ablative Masculine -ab -ayeb -aib
Feminine -ub -web -wib
Neuter -ob -eb -ib
Locative Masculine -ag -ayeg -aig
Feminine -ug -weg -wig
Neuter -og -eg -ig
Instrumental Masculine -at -ayet -ait
Feminine -ut -wet -wit
Neuter -ot -et -it

For definite nouns: if the beginning sound is a vowel, an H is prepended to the noun, if it is a plosive, the plosive is affricatized, if it is a nasal or an approximate, it is devoiced.

VerbsEdit

Proto-Merethic verbs are even more elaborate than nouns, posessing prefixes for mood and voice, suffixes for person, number, and aspect, and ablaut for tense.

Adjectives Edit

Adverbs Edit

SyntaxEdit

Proto-Merethic was not believed to have had a strict syntax due to its highly-inflectional nature, but it was believed to have mostly been spoken in SOV syntax.

LexiconEdit

Example textEdit

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