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May. 30th, 2012

Vitruvian Fairy

[sticky post] Grammar Sticky

Now that I have a lot of the basics of the grammar figured out, I'm going to start making a series of posts going over it all and link them to a sticky post (if I can figure out how to do that). This will make it easier to look up specific aspects of the language and help me crystalize the concepts and work out the kinks.

So for those who've been following this blog, bear with me. I'm going to be restating a lot of what I've already been over.

Phonemics and Romanization / Stress
Gender / Gender and Vowels / Gender and Consonants
Direct Objects / Indirect Objects
Adjectives and Fort-Shifting
Word Order / Topicalization
Yes/No Questions / Question Words
Tense Marking Nouns
Tense Structure: Tier 1 / Tier 2 / Tier 3
Verbs and Intention (Further Explanation) / Other Verb Forms / Cause to be
Relative Clauses: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3
Passive Voice
Using Numbers / History of Numbers

Core Vocabulary
People / Animals / Immediate Family
Basic Verbs / Come and Go, Give and Take
Cardinal Numbers / Ordinal Numbers
Around the House
Weather / The Seasons

Jul. 19th, 2012

Vitruvian Fairy

Tense Structure: Tier 3 (Updated)

Genitives and reverse genitives can also be marked for tense. This tense marking is relative to the object being modified.

dakhu yb miyn/mian
house of me(past)
the house that was mine

dakhu yb myn
house of me(pres)
my house / the house that is mine

dakhu yb mayn
house of me(fut)
the house that will be mine

banu bu mysniuna malam
woman with cat(pl-past) 12
the woman who used to have a dozen cats

banu bu mysuna malam
woman with cat(pl-pres) 12
the woman with a dozen cats

banu by mysuyna malam
woman with cat(pl-fut) 12
the woman who's going to have a dozen cats

Jul. 17th, 2012

Vitruvian Fairy

Tense Structure: Tier 2

Tense marking on direct objects is relative to the subject and indicates aspect (perfect, imperfect, predictive/intentional).

Isan dasu napiysh.
Eat mouse(pres) cheese(dir-obj, past).
The mouse has eaten the cheese.

Isan dasu napysh.
Eat mouse(pres) cheese(dir-obj, pres).
The mouse is eating the cheese.

Isan dasu napaysh.
Eat mouse(pres) cheese(dir-obj, fut).
The mouse is going to eat the cheese. / The mouse intends to eat the cheese.

Indirect objects are usually unmarked.

Isan dasiu napaysh ar abad.
Eat mouse(past) cheese(dir-obj, fut) at floor.
The mouse was going to eat the cheese on the floor.

Jul. 16th, 2012

Vitruvian Fairy

Tense Structure: Tier 1

Tense marking of the subject is relative to the speaker and indicates the overall tense of the clause.

Isan dasiu napysh.
Eat mouse(past) cheese(dir-obj).
The mouse ate the cheese.

Isan dasu napysh.
Eat mouse(pres) cheese(dir-obj).
The mouse is eating the cheese.

Isan dasuy napysh.
Eat mouse(fut) cheese(dir-obj).
The mouse will eat the cheese.

Jul. 11th, 2012

Vitruvian Fairy

Tense Marking Nouns

Nouns, not verbs, are marked for tense in FairyLang. The unmarked forms are present tense, and they can be marked for past or future with the following pattern:

In the past tense, an I is inserted before the gendered vowel. If the gendered vowel is a Y, and it is not followed by a consonant, Y changes to A. If it is followed by a consonant, it can remain Y or change to A (personal choice/dialectal).

myn > miyn, mian
mysu > mysiu
pwcel > pwciel
uryg > iuryg
elyn > ielyn

In the future tense, a Y is added after the gendered vowel. When Y is the gendered vowel, it always changes to A.

myn > mayn
mysu > mysuy
pwcel > pwceyl
uryg > uyryg
elyn > eylyn

Dec. 14th, 2011

Vitruvian Fairy

Example Sentences

Some samples of transitive, intransitive and passive voice sentences, in the perfect and imperfect aspects.

Khudri mytsu ndatsu.
Hunt cat mouse(direct-object).
The cat hunts the mouse.

Khudri mytsu ndatsiu.
Hunt cat mouse(direct-object-past).
The cat has hunted the mouse.

Khudri mytsu.
Hunt cat.
The cat hunts.

Ni mytsu ghadriniu.
Is cat hunting(direct-object-past).
The cat has hunted.

Khudri u ndatsu.
Hunt on mouse(direct-object).
The mouse is being hunted.

Ni khadrinu ndatsiu.
Is hunting mouse(direct-object-past).
The mouse has been hunted.

Dec. 6th, 2011

Vitruvian Fairy

Gerunds and Intransitive Clauses

Gerunds are formed similarly to plurals, with the suffix CV, where C is the lenited version of the final consonant and V is the gendered vowel. In multi-sylabic verbs, where there is a gendered vowel elsewhere in the verb, that one is changed to a neutral vowel (usually a).

burkhi (to bark) -> barkhingu (the barking)
cari (to befriend) -> carina (the befriending)
khunti (to howl) -> khantisu (the howling)
matsi (to meow) -> matsisu (the meowing)

Intransitive clauses, i.e. clauses with no direct object, are conjugated normally in the imperfect aspect. But in the perfect and predictive aspects, the verb is replaced with "ni" (to be/do) and the gerund of the verb becomes the direct object.

matsi mïtsu = the cat meows
ni mïtsu matsisiu = the cat has meowed
ni mïtsu matsisuy = the cat is going to meow

Dec. 5th, 2011

Vitruvian Fairy

Tense and Aspect

In FairyLang, tense and aspect are indicated by tense markings on the nouns. Specifically, an i is added before the gendered vowel for past tense and a y after it for future tense.

fie, fe, fey = fairy (past, present and future)
pian, pan, payn = woman (past, present and future)
mïtsiu, mïtsu, mïtsuy = cat (past, present and future)
qhandio, qhando, qhandoy = hell hound (past, present and future)

Tense marking on the subject determines the overall tense of the clause. Tense marking on the object(s) is relative to the subject and determines aspect. Past object = perfect aspect, present object = imperfect aspect, future object = predictive/intentitive aspect.

cari mïtsiu mbarkhu = the cat befriended the dog
cari mïtsu mbarkhu = the cat befriends the dog
cari mïtsuy mbarkhu = the cat will befriend the dog

cari mïtsiu mbarkhiu = the cat had befriended the dog
cari mïtsu mbarkhiu = the cat has befriended the dog
cari mïtsuy mbarkhiu = the cat will have befriended the dog

cari mïtsiu mbarkhuy = the cat was going to befriend the dog
cari mïtsu mbarkhuy = the cat is going to befriend the dog
cari mïtsuy mbarkhuy = the cat will be going to befriend the dog