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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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