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Maryan Coptic
Registered by Castillerian on 19 May 2019
Language type A posteriori
Species Human/humanoid
About Maryan Coptic This page is no longer receiving new entires nor updates as of August 2020. For further development on this conlang, click here.

ⲛⲟϥⲣⲉ ⲉⲣⲱⲧⲉⲛ ⳣⲟϩ ⲓ ⲛⲩϥⲉ ⲉ̀ⲧⲉⲙⲩⲧⲭⲏⲙⲉ!
[ˈnɔf.ɾə ʔəˈɾoː.tən wɔh iː ˈnuː.fə jə.təˌmut̚ˈkʰeː.mə]
"Hello everyone and welcome to the Maryan Coptic language!"

Maryan Coptic (ⲧⲉⲙⲩⲧⲭⲏⲙⲉ, tr. temutkʰēme) is my personal take on "modernizing" the Coptic language, while also making sure I preserve the majority of its niches and grammar.

Here are some notable things about Maryan Coptic:

  • A modified Coptic alphabet is utilized as the standard script, unfortunately not all computers support the unicode to show the script properly.
  • The vocabulary is comprised of 85% Coptic (mostly Bohairic, some Sahidic), 12% Greek, 1% Semitic, and 2% Other.
  • Distinction between 2nd-person masculine and feminine singular, as is with most Semitic languages.
  • Distinction between unaspirated and aspirated voiceless stops (also [almost] no voiced stops).
  • Majuscule letters are used sparingly, only to mark proper nouns.
  • Agglutination to form more complex nouns and verbs.
  • Certain verbs (and nouns) containing consonantal roots can take on up to 4 states: Absolute (dictionary form / no linked object), Construct (links to a noun or verb), Pronominal (links to a pronoun), and Qualitative (expresses a state or quality rather than an action).

External Links:
* Conlang Wiki (Abandoned)
* Linguifex Contionary (Ongoing)
Sample of Maryan Coptic[view] ⲉⲛⲛⲁⲉⲣϩⲱⲃ ⲙ̀ⲫⲟⲩ.

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Language treeAfroasiatic
 ⤷ Proto-Afroasiatic
  ⤷ Ancient Egyptian
   ⤷ Coptic
    ⤷  Maryan Coptic
[view] About AfroasiaticThe Afroasiatic languages are a major language family of the Middle East, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, and the Sahel. They have over 350 million native speakers, and include the liturgical languages of multiple religions, including Islam, Judais...
[view] ⲧⲉⲁⲥⲡⲉ ⲙⲏⲧⲉ (Central)No summary available for this dialect.
[view] ⲧⲉⲁⲥⲡⲉ ⲛ̀Ⲕⲟⲗⲉⲃ (Cholevic)The Cholevic dialect ((Standard) ⲧⲉⲁⲥⲡⲉ ⲛ̀Ⲭⲟⲗⲉⲃ , (Cholevic) ⲧⲉⲁⲥⲡⲉ ⲛ̀Ⲕⲟⲗⲉⲃ [təˈʔɐs.pə ʊŋˈko̞l.ləb]) has had the most exposure to European culture compared to other dialects. It also contains more borrowings from mainly Modern Greek, Italian, and English. It is spoken in the fictitious Egyptian city of Cholevia.
[view] ⲧⲉⲁⲥⲡⲉ ⲛⲟⲩⳗⲉ (Classical Cholevo-Central)Classical Cholevo-Central is an old Maryan Coptic dialect spoken around 400 BCE. It would serve as the ancestor of what would later become the Central and Cholevic dialect.
[view] ⲧⲉⲉⲥⲡⲉ ⲛ̀Ⲛⲁϩⲗⲉ (Nahlic)The Nahlic dialect ((Standard) ⲧⲉⲁⲥⲡⲉ ⲛ̀Ⲛⲁϩⲗⲉ, (Nahle) ⲧⲉⲉⲥⲡⲉ ⲛ̀Ⲛⲁϩⲗⲉ [təˈʔɛs.pə ʔə̆nˈnæç.lə]) is loosely based off of my girlfriend's speech articulation. It is spoken in the fictitious Egyptian city of Nahle.
[view] ϯⲉⲥⲡⲓ ⲛ̀Ⳣⲱⲥⲓ (Thebian)Thebian ((Standard) ⲧⲉⲁⲥⲡⲉ ⲛ̀Ⳣⲱⲥⲉ, (Nahle) ϯⲉⲥⲡⲓ ⲛ̀Ⳣⲱⲥⲓ [təˈʔe̞s.pə ʔənˈwɔː.sə]) is a fictitious dialect of Thebes and the most conservative of the dialects, pertaining older consonants and short vowels.
Nasal m   n       [ŋ]1  
Plosive p pʰ [b]2   t tʰ       k kʰ ʔ
Fricative β f s ʃ [ç]3   x h [ɦ]4
Affricate       t͡ʃ t͡ʃʰ        
Lateral approximant     l          
Approximant         j w    
Trill     [r]5          
Flap     ɾ          
Blends ks ps ti ti:
  1. allophone of /n/
  2. allophone of /β/
  3. allophone of /h/
  4. allophone of /h/
  5. allophone of /ɾ/
Close [i]1 i:     [u]2 u:
Near-close   [ɪ]3    
Close-mid e e:     o o:
Mid     [ə]4  
Open-mid ɛ     ɔ
Open     ä  
Polyphthongs äɪ äʊ ɛɪ ɛʊ eu iu ɔɪ ɔu
ou [əɪ]5
  1. allophone of /i:/
  2. allophone of /u:/
  3. allophone of /i:/
  4. allophone of /ɛ/
  5. allophone of /i:/
Syllable Structure(C)(C)V(V)(C)(C)
Stress informationVowels that can indicate a stress are called "strong" vowels. All long vowels in native Coptic orthography carry a stress: ⲏ, ⲓ, ⲟ, and ⲩ. Some short vowels also carry stress: ⲁ ⲟ. However, ⲓ, ⲩ, and ⲁ are unstressed if a multi-syllable word (usually two syllables) has a strong vowel on the ultima syllable: ⲧⲩⲃⲟ /tuˈβɔʔ/ (to purify), ⲁⲗⲓⲗ /aˈliːl/ (mouse), and ϯⲙⲁ /tiˈmaʔ/ (to allow).

Unfortunately, for loan words of non-Afroasiatic origin, stress has to be memorized based on their original language: ⲁⲅⲁⲡⲏ /aˈkape/ (love, from Greek αγάπη), ⲥⲧⲁⲩⲣⲟⲥ /stawˈɾɔs/ (cross, from Greek σταυρός), and ⲧⲩⲛⲇⲣⲁ /ˈtuntɾa/ (tundra, from Russian тундра)
Below is the orthography for Maryan Coptic. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 Maryan CopticOrthography
Ⲁⲁ/ä/Ⲃⲃ/β/, [b]Ⲅⲅ/k/1Ⲇⲇ/t/2Ⲉⲉ/ɛ/, [ə]Ⳣⳣ/w/Ⲍⲍ/s/3Ⲏⲏ/e/, /e:/Ⲑⲑ/tʰ/Ⲓⲓ/j/, /i:/, [i], [ɪ]Ⲕⲕ/k/
Ⲗⲗ/l/Ⲙⲙ/m/Ⲛⲛ/n/, [ŋ]Ⲝⲝ/ks/Ⲟⲟ/ɔ/Ⲡⲡ/p/Ⲣⲣ/ɾ/, [r]Ⲥⲥ/s/Ⲧⲧ/t/Ⲩⲩ/u:/, [u]Ⲫⲫ/pʰ/
Ⲭⲭ/kʰ/Ⲯⲯ/ps/Ⲱⲱ/o/, /o:/Ϣϣ/ʃ/Ϥϥ/f/Ϧϧ/x/Ϩϩ/h/, [ç], [ɦ]Ϫϫ/t͡ʃ/Ϭϭ/t͡ʃʰ/Ϯϯ/ti/, /tɪ/, /ti:/Ⳕⳕ//
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  1. loan words only
  2. loan words only
  3. loan words only
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