The First Language - The History
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Where did Ihpliyiahf come from, how was it made, and what are the basics?
This public article was written by kylabendrik on 11 Jun 2018, 05:34.
[comments] ipy In The Great Experiment, only one of the founders decided to create a truly new and unique culture from the ground up. He decided to create a proto-language for his colonists to use. The root words (all (C)V(C)) are generated from several categories:
Light(clear, clean, good)/Dark (obscure, dirty, bad)
What I can/can't see
What I can/can't feel
Noun (pronoun, adjective)/verb (adverb, other)
Things of Heaven/Earth
Each of these categories defines the letters in the root word. For example, something I can see, can feel, and is a noun, would have the vowel "i".
Beyond these root words, the Founder included many compound words, such as "speak" (mouth-do), "people" (me, you), and "language" (people-speak). He provided the rules for how to create new words, and left these rules in the hands of one family, the Speakers. These Speakers kept the books, helped make new words based on the Founder's rules, and recorded family trees. The line was passed down father to son.
One of the unique parts of this language's grammar is the verb's conjugations. Unlike many natlangs that use primarily past, present, future; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person; and singular, plural - this language has a few more options:
Past - past
Present - present, depending on the circumstance, it can relate to sometime today, or right this moment
Near Future - usually within the year/before the next harvest
Distant Future - after the harvest, or an unspecified amount of time. Often used for exaggeration.
Singular - singular
Dual - 2 people, siblings, spouses
Trial - 3 people, current group gathered
Quadrial - 4 people, relating to immediate family
Quintrial - 5 people, the tribe, unquantifiably big.
The numbers are often up for personal interpretative, especially near the end of this language's life. While the dual case is usually for specifically two people, it can also refer to your siblings or spouse(s). Quintrial, as the largest plural, was the earliest to be applied to more than its specified number, especially referring to the colony.
This article has only covered the basics of the language. There will be more to come!