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| Standard-Moirmhe |
|Genders||Two (Singular, and Plural)|
|Nouns decline according to...|
|Verbs conjugate according to...|
Standard-Moirmhe, Céalo-Moirmhe, or Moirmhe-Sinéighd is the standardised Ellonic language. Moirmhe is an Ellonic language, meaning that it comes from Proto-Ellonic. Over time Moirmhe has lost a lot of Ellonic characteristics such as verbs and conjugations, however it still has the original High-Ellonic phonology.
Spoken by roughly 20 million people, Céalo-Moirmhe is the most spoken language in Mauria / Maýréa. It is also considered the 'Lingua Franca of Mauria.
Céalo-Moirmhe has mostly Ellonic roots, but does have Salic and Germanisc substrate. An example of this is the conjugation of verbs, most suffixes are borrowed from Germanisc.
Much of the phonology comes from Old High-Ellonic, which by itself hasn't changed a lot when compared to Proto-Ellonic. The only thing that could be considered different is that Old High-Ellonic went through the High Ellonic nasal law. This changed the vowels behind nasal consonants, and mutates the next consonant.
Consonants are exactly the same since they developed in Proto-Ellonic, the only different is the loss of aspiration of voiceless stops in Céalo-Moirmh.
|Plosive||p b||t d||k g|
|Fricative||f v||θ ð||s||sʲ||x ɣʲ||h|
- /j/ isn't used as one single consonant, it is found more often in palatalised consonants.
Some dialects tend to pronounce /ɣʲ/ more like /xʲ/, and some even go further and pronounce it like /ç/. This is because of a new sound shift currently active in the language. Officials still use /ɣʲ/.
Céalo-Moirmhe has a symmetric vowel inventory, unlike the Low-Ellonic dialects, and didn't take part in the Low-Ellonic vowel shifts. That means that there are no front rounded vowels, and no back unrounded vowels. Mid vowels have been changed into either back or front vowels.
This vowel symmetry is mainly because of Mauric, which had a form of vowel harmony. But it didn't survive in any of the language groups that evolved from Mauric. In lower dialects, the vowels have somewhat 'restored' themselves but in Céalo-Moirmhe this is not the case.
Céalo-Moirmhe has been influenced a lot when it comes to grammar. It lost 1 of 5 cases, and conjugations are borrowed from Germanisc. The entire plural has been influenced by Salic and Xiú cases.
Like all Ellonic Languages, Céalo-Moirmhe doesn't have genders, just a singular and a plural (these are considered Genders by some). Nouns are declined in 4 cases, although there are some idioms who contain the 5th case (Old High-Ellonic had 5 cases).
|Vocative (IDIOMS ONLY)||-te||-téighe|
One of these idioms include:
- Appliðughe ghaeshomhe a-ddantéighe /apliðuɣʲ ɣʲæsʲovʲ aðantɛi:ɣʲ/ = The apple doestn't fall far from the tree.