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Rıkučreb
Rıkučreb
Type
Fusional
Alignment
Nominative-Accusative
Head direction
Initial
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


Rıkučreb (IPA: /rɪˈku.rɛb/) is a language spoken by the inhabitants of Rıkučar, a fictional nation that encompasses most of the Milky Way galaxy. Rıkučreb is regulated entirely by the Emperor Farogu of Rıkučar, a bird-like gender-neutral transcendental being who has ruled Rıkučar since its establishment nearly 5 millennia ago.

PhonologyEdit

ConsonantsEdit

Bilabial Labio-dental Dental Alveolar Post-alveolar Palatal Velar Labio-velar Uvular Glottal
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ
Plosive (Stop) b
p
t
d
k
g
Affricate ts
dz

Fricative f
v
θ s
z
ʃ
ʒ
x h
Approximant j w
ʍ
Trill r
Flap or tap ɾ
Lateral app. l

VowelsEdit

Front Front-Central Central Back-Central Back
High i u
Near-high ɪ / ʏ ʊ
High-mid e o
True-mid ə
Low-mid ɛ ɔ
Near-low æ ɒ
Low ɑ
Extra-Low a

PhonotacticsEdit

Allophones and DiphthongsEdit

VowelsEdit

  • /ɑ/ lengthens when unstressed after sibilants in syllable coda, and when before any vowel other than [ɪ] or [u]. Does not nasalise.
    • [ɒ] does not lengthen. Nasalises normally. Allophone of /ɑ/ before post-alveolar and lateral approximants. Usually realized as [ɔ̞].
    • [a] does not lengthen or nasalise. Allophone of /ɑ/ when unstressed before plosives and stressed after semivowel.
    • [æ] does not lengthen. Nasalises normally. Allophone of /ɑ/ when stressed before plosives (unless after semivowel).
    • /ɑɪ/ occurs word-finally.
    • /ɑu/ occurs anywhere.
  • /ɛ/ does not lengthen or nasalise.
    • [e] lengthens when word-final (unless in monosyllabic word), and before any vowel other than /ɪ/. Does not nasalise. Allophone of /ɛ/ when before any vowel other than /ɪ/, when before post-alveolar approximants, or when stressed.
    • /eɪ/ occurs when /ɛ/ or [e] precedes /ɪ/.
  • /ʏ/ does not lengthen or nasalise.
  • /ə/ does not lengthen or nasalise.
  • /ɪ/ does not lengthen or nasalise.
  • /i/ lengthens when before any vowel. Nasalises before /ŋ/.
  • /o/ lengthens when before any vowel other than /ɪ/. Nasalises normally.
    • [ɔ] does not lengthen. Nasalises normally. Allophone of /o/ when stressed before plosives. Usually realized as [ɔ̞].
    • /oɪ/ occurs anywhere.
  • /u/ lengthens before any vowel other than /ɪ/. Does not nasalise.
    • [ʊ] does not lengthen or nasalise. Allphone of /u/ when word-final.
    • /uɪ/ occurs anywhere.
    • /ju/ occurs anywhere.

ConsonantsEdit

  • [dʒ] occurs when /ʒ/ is initial and is followed by a long vowel. This is an allophone of /ʒ/.
  • [ɾ] occurs before a vowel unless word-initial. This is an allophone of /r/.

StressEdit

Penultimate syllables are always stressed, unless:

  • Said syllable is preceded by another syllable containing an identical vowel, in which case that syllable is stressed instead. (ex. sapısıri; kezkeþı)
  • The word has an odd number of syllables (5 or more), in which case the median syllable is stressed (ex. edīazıcam)

Writing SystemEdit

Modern Rıkučreb is written by its native speakers and the government of Rıkučar using the Rıkučreb Alphabet. Transcriptions of Rıkučreb into languages that use the Latin alphabet are almost always made using the Rıkučreb Standard Latin Orthography (RiSLO).

GrammarEdit

GenderEdit

Gender in the Rıkučreb language functions as a noun declension. There are 3 genders: Male, Female, and Neutral. Gender is applied to any animate noun by adding a letter after the stressed vowel: "l" for masculine and "r" for feminine. Neutral nouns do not receive a modifier (ex. Dog "Lula" > Masc. "Lulla" Fem. "Lurla" Neu. "Lula". In this case, "ll" is pronounced as the letter "ll" /ɬ/)

ArticlesEdit

Definite ArticleEdit

The singular definite article in Rıkučreb is ı. It occurs before the word it affects.

Indefinite ArticleEdit

The indefinite article in Rıkučreb is ob. It occurs before the word it affects. It is not affected by other particles, and always precedes any particle. It is derived from Rıkučreb obu, meaning one (number)

NounsEdit

Nouns are the base unit of Rıkučreb grammar. Various suffixes and prefixes are added onto the noun to form various different words. When forming count nouns, -z is added to the end of the root morpheme. Nouns are not declined in Rıkučreb, and concepts such as number are represented by particles (see Particles).

PronounsEdit

Rɩkučreb has standalone pronouns. Similar to Rıkučreb verbs, pronouns exhibit clusivity.

PossessiveEdit

In the Rıkučreb language, the possessive contains two types of words: determiners and pronouns. Determiners are expressed by the particle "en", which is attached to the end of the subject via a dash "-" (ex. "Net's car" > "Net-en (reze)skotru"). Pronouns are expressed as a particle that comes before the word it affects. These particles are listed below. In cases regarding the possessive form of a personal pronoun (such as "my" or "your"), the possessive pronoun is also used (ex. "That is my car" > "Edu oke na (reze)skotru"; whereas "That car is mine" > "Edu (reze)skotru oke na".)

Singular Plural
Inclusive Exclusive Inclusive Exclusive
1st na sa ča
2nd va la ba
3rd xa ka fa ma
  • The exclusive 1st person plural, ča, is used to refer to "each one of our/ours" as opposed to "all of our/ours collectively".
  • The exclusive 2nd person plural, ba, is used to refer to "each one of your/yours" as opposed to "all of your/yours collectively".

Personal PronounsEdit

As Rıkučreb has a romance-based verbal conjugation system, there are no subject pronouns. However, there are object pronouns, which also serve as reflexive pronouns. The personal pronouns used in Rıkučreb are listed below.

Singular Plural
Inclusive Exclusive Inclusive Exclusive
1st naz saz čaz
2nd vaz laz baz
3rd xaz kaz faz maz
  • The exclusive 1st person plural, čaz, is used to refer to "each one of us" as opposed to "all of us collectively".
  • The exclusive 2nd person plural, baz, is used to refer to "each one of you" as opposed to "all of you collectively".

Correlative PronounsEdit

Interrogative Proximal Medial Distal Existential Negatory Universial Elective Alternative
Determiner netē edo edu eʒē osku ba bev sež
Human nedan edan edun eʒet oskub babun rekin bevan sežan
Location neǯub eǯu eǯub eǯet oskuž baþaž reǯub bevež sežeb
Source neǯun ežun ıǯun eǯun oskun batun reǯun beven sežen
Destination (Goal) neǯul eǯul ıǯul etsel oskul babul rebul bevel sežel
Time nedy egy ıdy edy osky baþy regy bevy sežy
Manner nesan etel edel oskal baþel rel bel sel
Reason nedev etev edev oskav baþev rev bevav sežev

ParticlesEdit

ExhortativeEdit

The Exhortative particles signal the speaker's avid encouragement toward the addressee's bringing about the proposition of an utterance. Exhortative constructions can only be used in second person singular and plural utterances. It is represented by ga! (ex. "You should drink this, it's so good!" "Notoki eto, oke ezu jannev ga!".)

CausativeEdit

The causative form of a verb is represented by the particle kre (although this may better be described as a clitic). It occurs before the word it affects, and is attached to the word via a dash "-".

JuiscalEdit

The juiscal particle, go, is a concept unique to Rıkučreb and Karbash. It is used to imply or invoke sexual arousal, and is usually used in familiar conversation. When in formal conversation, one will often use the non-juiscal definition of a word or an entirely different word that cannot be made juiscal. The juiscal particle occurs before the word it affects, and is attached to the word via a dash "-".

AdjectivesEdit

Adjectives are formed by adding the suffix -nev to the end of a noun. When conjugating into the degrees of comparison, the adjectival suffix is shortened to -n, thus forming the adjectival root. The comparative suffix is then placed onto the end of the adjectival root.

AdverbsEdit

Adverbs are formed by adding the suffix -gev to the end of a noun. When conjugating into the degrees of comparison, the adverbial suffix is shortened to -g, thus forming the adverbial root. The comparative suffix is then placed onto the end of the adverbial root.

Degrees of ComparisonEdit

The Rıkučreb language uses 6 Degrees of Comparison, as opposed to the 2 used in English. The prefixes that are added onto the adjectival or adverbial root when using the Degrees of Comparison are listed in the chart below.

Degrees of Comparison in Rɩkučreb
Inferlative -ezogy
Proclivitive -ezog
Contrary -ezo
Comparative -ezlu
Superlative -ezlug
Hyperlative -ezlugy

Comparatives and Contraries do not use "e" before them unless the subject uses it anyways (ex. "The better man" > "I jannezlu kın"). All other degrees of comparison do use "ı" unless they are referring to a possessive (ex. "My best friend" > "Na jannezlug jıtubu".)

The comparative degrees that are unique to Rıkučreb are described in detail below.

  1. The Contrary is the opposite of the Comparative, and is used to represent the shortage of something or the lack of a certain quality.
  2. The Proclivitive is the opposite of the Superlative, and is used to represent the complete absence of a thing or quality.
  3. The Hyperlative and the Inferlative refer to the absolute most or least amount of something possible, respectively (ex. "The best possible thing" "I jannezlugy eþëbi"). These forms can also be used in exaggerations (ex. "The best day ever!" I jannezlugy norvë!").

Adverbs of ComparisonEdit

The Adverbs of Comparison correspond to "so" and "not so [much]" or "very" and "not as" in the English language. They are, respectively, ezun and ezonen.

QuantityEdit

When referring to an amount of something, the adjective Enev and its comparisons are used. (ex. "I have more." "Dofnë enezlu.").

VerbsEdit

Verbs are formed by adding the infinitive -ri to the end of a mass noun, if there is a corresponding mass noun. In the Rɩkučreb language, all plural persons, as well as the singular 3rd person, exhibit clusivity. Verbs are conjugated into the following conjugation table.

infinitive ri
present participle/gerund ŵa
past participle ŵo
indicative imperative conditional
singular plural singular plural singular plural
inclusive exclusive inclusive exclusive inclusive exclusive inclusive exclusive inclusive exclusive inclusive exclusive
preterite ńa sa ča
va la ba
xa ka fa ma
present ne se če nu su ni si či
ve le be vu lu vi li bi
xe ke fe me xi ki fi mi
future no so čo
vo lo bo
xo ko fo mo
  • The exclusive third person can also be used in any tense when relaying a message to a 3rd party that is absent at the time but will be present at a time that you and your group are absent. In this case, the absent 3rd party is referred to in the direct plural 2nd person. (ex. "We are sorry that we were not able to attend, but we gifted you this." "Oče laubeþwinev nedas ba oča erbēnev rojuburi, oze doče ıǯıjiregezŵa laz edo .")

Perfect AspectEdit

The perfect aspect is created by conjugating Dori and adding that before the past participle of the verb in question. Dori is conjugated into the Past Indicative to form the Present Perfect, Present Indicative to form the Pluperfect, Future Indicative to form the Future Perfect, and the Conditional to form the Conditional Perfect.

Continuous AspectEdit

The continuous aspect is created by conjugating Ori and adding that before the gerund of the verb in question. Ori follows the same conjugation procedure as Dori follows when conjugated into the Perfect. However, Ori is only conjugated into the Indicative, and therefore the Continuous only has 3 tenses.

SyntaxEdit

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Ricutsreb Syntax Tree

A Rıkučreb Syntax Tree

Rıkučreb is a head-initial language, and all modifiers precede the words the modify. It has the basic word order Subject-Verb-Object. Rıkučreb is a null-subject language.

LexiconEdit

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A comprehensive dictionary of Rıkučreb can be found at the Rikučreb/Dictionary page.

Example textEdit

This is the entry for constructedlanguages's Conlang Challenge on deviantART, which was to translate the preamble of the United States Declaration of Independence into one's conlang.

RikučrebEdit

Nidu tapa ı jazıkuz au kınnev sapısızkë, natemteke bupukenev čusi sapu kınıtkë uburi ı lesoısnev jasbuzkë netak dof čebedeŵo maz neþe obosaıedu, ōu natemtri tabneþe ı lapnulkë au ı Eči, ı regeronev ōu wezonev kıgerhesâb es neda ı Grenkë au Ečiat ōu au Ečiat-en God jırebfe maz, ob nupukenev ıčılaupacë es ı altabazke au kın čatık nedas ēgem nuparızri ı greduzkë netak talugife maz es ı regero.

EnglishEdit

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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