Ad blocker interference detected!
Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers
Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.
This page is on a hiatus as the author is busy studying for a major exam. More improvements will be added in time to come. Meanwhile, please feel free to give suggestions and comments in the talk section, and thank you for stopping by.'
Shilahite (Shīlahīyat; Square Script: שילהית) is a comstructed language.
|Analytic, with Construct case|
|Nouns decline according to...|
|Verbs conjugate according to...|
|Plosive||p b||t d||ʈ||k g||q||ʔ|
Only vowels with mater lectionis (י ,ו) are notated Square Script, but all vowels are written in KARI notation. Vowel pronunciation is much more flexible than that of consonants and may be spoken in whichever manner the speaker feels most comfortable in. Long vowels, ā ī ū, are simply longer in duration than their short counterparts, a i u. Here the alif is used as a null consonant.
|Square Script / Name||KARI / Name||IPA|
|א/אלף||- / alif||/ʔ/|
|ב / בית||b / bīt||/b/|
|ג / גמל||g / gemal||/g/|
|ד / דלה||d / dalêh||/d/|
|ה / הא||h / hā||/h/|
|ו / וה||w / wêh||/w/|
|ז / זין||z / zīn||/z/|
|ח / חם||kh / kham||/ħ/|
|ט / טה||th / thêh||/ʈ/|
|י / יד||y / yad||/j/|
|כ ך / כף||k / kif||/k/|
|ל / למד||l / lemad||/l/|
|מ ם / מים||m / mīm||/m/|
|נ ן / נון||n / nūn||/n/|
|ס / סמך||s / semak||/ʂ/|
|ע / עין||' / 'īn||/ʕ/|
|פ ף / פה||p, f / fêh||/p/, /f/|
|צ ץ / צד||c / chad||/ʈʂ/|
|ק / קה||kw / kwêh||/kʷ/|
|ר / רין||r / rīn||/r/|
|ש / שן||s, sh / shan||/s/, /ʃ/|
|ת / תוא||t / tawā||/t/|
- א /ʔ/ is the stop in between "uh'oh"; ע ' /ʕ/, ח kh /ħ/ and ק q /q/ are versions of א /ʔ/, ה h /h/ and כ k /k/ pronounced further back in the throat.
- The consonants, ט th /ʈ/ ,ס s /ʂ/, צ ch /ʈʂ/ are retroflex versions of t, s and ch, pronounced at the roof of the tongue.
The consonants ע ח ק ט ס צ are emphatic consonants.
The Shilahite language consists of a spectrum of registers, with High Shilahite (HS) ('alīyêh; עליה) as the higher tier and Shilahite Vulgate (SV) (melwefīyat; מלופית) as the basolect. Generally, High Shilahite is used for communication within members of the Sab' - the seven-man council of government - while Shilahite Vulgate is employed in other contexts. For example, the HS term for a wife is b'alt בעלת "lady" rather than the SV zawgat זוגת "spouse" (lit. pair). The following are the recognised dialects by RCSL:
- Royal Shilahite. Used during communication with the King. Quadrilateral roots are more common, such as behechel בהצל in place of akel אכל (eat), and pronouns are based on the word shakw שק i.e. shakwayi שקי (me).
- Mesolect Register. The lower form of High Shilahite, it uses the specialized HS vocabulary without quadrilateral roots and special pronouns present in the Royal register.
- Standard Speech. Used for day to day communication, Standard Speech is based on accurate pronunciation of the emphatic consonants and intonation.
- Dialect. Intonation is not present and emphatic consonants are not pronounced.
Nouns decline in four forms:
- Absolute. The base form of a noun. anyesh אניש, man.
- Construct. The form of a noun illustrating belonging. anyesh-i-chadkw אניש-צדק, man of righteousness.
- Emphatic. The definite form of a noun. anyeshawa אנישו, the man
- Vocative. The address form of a noun. A feature unique to Shilahite within the Semitic languages. yā anyeshā! יא אנישא, O man!
For the absolute case, the ending u is used when it is being described by an attribute. Therefore, "the holy man", אניש קדושו, is anyeshu kudūsawa, not anyesh kudūsawa .
Definiteness in Shilahite is marked by the "wêh" suffix "(wêh sawfī; וה סופי)" and the particle "yā". The suffix "wah" is attached to the end of a noun to mark definiteness in general, while "yā" performs a variety of functions:
- Marks uniqueness: yā Ilêhwa יא אלהו (the) God
- Definiteness of a construct noun: yā taurat i Dawlatū יא תורת דולתו the taurat of the State
- A particle for address: yā Alāhā אלהא יא O God!
yā is used as a definite marker only when weh is a suffix at the end of a phrase. The weh suffix is gender declinable, which distinguishes Shilahite from other Semitic languages. The following is the declension for the word zawg 'ז'וג, "spouse".
The word Alêh אלה, "God" is an irregular noun which declines as such: Alāhu (Alêh) אלה, Alāhā אלהא, Ilêhwa אלהו, Ilêhi אלה.