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Maryan Coptic [MXM]
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Maryan Coptic
Registered by Castillerian on 19 May 2019
Language type A posteriori
Species Human/humanoid
About Maryan Coptic
ⲛⲟϥⲣⲉ ⲉⲣⲱⲧⲉⲛ ⳣⲟϩ ⲓ ⲛⲩϥⲉ ⲉ̀ϯⲙⲩⲧⲭⲏⲙⲉ!
[ˈnɔf.ɾə ʔəˈɾoː.tən wɔh iː ˈnuː.fə jə.tɪˌmut̚ˈkʰeː.mə]
"Hello everyone and welcome to the Maryan Coptic language!"

Maryan Coptic (ϯⲙⲩⲧⲭⲏⲙⲉ, tr. timutkʰēme) 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] "ⲛⲓⲁⳕϥⲉⲃⲓⲱ ⲥⲉⲛⲩϥⲉ," ⲉϥϫⲱ ϫⲉ Ⲟⲃⲁⲙⲁ ⲙⲉⲛ ϩⲁⲛⲁⲗⲱⳣⲉ ⲥⲉⲱⲓϣ.

“Bees are good,” Obama says, as children scream.
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Language family relationships
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] ⲡⲉⲣⲟϣϣⲓ ⲛ̀Ⲛⲁϩⲗⲉ (Nahle Dialect)The Nahle dialect ((Standard) ⲡⲓⲣⲟϣⲓ ⲛ̀Ⲛⲁϩⲗⲉ [pɪˌɾɔʃˈʃiː ʔənˈnäh.lə], (Nahle) ⲡⲉⲣⲟϣϣⲓ ⲛ̀Ⲛⲁϩⲗⲉ [pəˌɾɑʃˈʃiː ʔʌ̈nˈnæç.lʌ̈]) is loosely based off of my girlfriend's speech articulation.
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//
✔ Shown in correct order
  1. loan words only
  2. loan words only
  3. loan words only
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