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Really hope I'm not hogging the place. (BTW Thanks to [personal profile] anke  I found the setting and made it so members can tag stuff now).

So Noun Cases.

Mountain/Sea

Mountain/Sea is a nominative/accusative language

The Mountain and Sea People tend to have a very structured view of their world and this shows up in their language in the large numbers of genders and cases. I did consider going the full Finland with the cases (it would eliminate prepositions) but it seemed like it might be more trouble than it was worth.

Note: Not all genders decline in all cases. When there is dash in the chart that gender does not decline in that case.
Note 2: I haven't come up with all the suffixs yet. Blank with no dashes will have to be filled. Also I probably need to have more than one suffix in some genders (lest every character name end up ending in lha).
Note 3: what suffixes I have so far are the singular ones.

 DivinePersonsAnimalsPlantsNatural Features/ForcesNatural ObjectsArtificial Features/ForcesArtificial ObjectsAbstract
Nominative-rid-lha-nya-bin     
Accusative-rif        
Dative         
Ablative         
Genitive         
Vocative-rin   

Locative

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Instrumental

        


Island

Island is an ergative–absolutive language, but apart from the the first two the cases are not set. I may drop the genitive and find some other way to show the possessive and merge the dative into the absolutive (Since really the dative will always be the object of a transitive verb since it the noun to which something is given).


 Animate (edible)Animate (inedible)Inanimate
Absolutive   
Ergative   
Dative   
Genitive   

What do people think?

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Since I tend to call my peoples by geographical descriptors until I come up with a name in their language. These people are hereby designated the island people.

I actually own the book version of The Language Construction Kit and it has an initial chapter about creating a simple naming language, For Island lingo this may be the place to start.

Wikipedia has an article on Proto-Polynesian which is quite useful and while I don't know want to completely ape polynesian I think the idea of a very simple phonology is intriguing.

And so:

 LABIALLAB-DENTDENT
ALVPALVELARGLOTTAL
STOPp  t k 
FRICATIVE
f  s  h
TRILL   r   
APPROXIMATE w  l   
NASALm  n   
 
And I think I'll go for just three vowels - a,i and u but these will exist in short and long versions (like the inuit vowels). Yes, that really is eleven consonants and either three or six vowels depending on how you count them.

And where mountain/sea people language is fusional I'll make this language agglutinating and possibly ergative-absolutive. It's a different language family from mountain/sea people's language so I want it to have a very different feel.

I haven't even thought about phonotactics yet except that I want it to be not over-burdened with syllables.

Edit: Forgot Grammatical Gender/Noun Classes.

1. Animate Things which can be eaten (humans, 'younger siblings', food animals, fish, edible plants etc)
2. Animate Things which cannot be eaten (gods, 'elder siblings' and unpalatable, taboo, toxic or inedible animals/fish/plants etc)
3. Inanimate Things

Thoughts?
 
     

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