I keep forgetting about this, but my conlangs are a bit...erm...complicated.
Instead of starting out with languages that already exist, I start out with very very basic constructs.
- Consonant, vowel layout of words.
- Basal terms.
Then after I create the first few, then I start adding the rest.
The latest one I've been working on, Matek (sounds like mah - teck "People"), began as "ai ta uaket it tah" (I am not thinking of it), "ai ta uaket men it tah" (I didn't think of it), has now been changed into "kou uakolti" and "kou uakoltopi".
The pronunciations are fairly easy,
- a - as 'a' in father.
- e - either 'ay' in day, or 'e' in bell. They're interchangeable, so both are fine.
- i - ee in beet, 'y' in you, 'i' in pick. All interchangeable.
- o - 'o' in broke.
- u - 'w'
- b, p - English equivalent. Also, they are interchangeable.
- h - Like 'h' in here, often times not pronounced.
- k - Like 'c' in coal, 'ck' in block.
- l - 'l' in ball, 'lilly'
- m - 'm' in money.
- n - 'n'
- 'q' - Sort of between 'k' and 'h', (the only non-English sound the same as Quechua's 'q').
- t - 't' in tall, and pet.
The basic word form is CVC (Consonant Vowel Consonant), with many CV forms used intermittently.
Stress is usually on the first syllable of a verb, and depending on ending words the pronoun is stressed as well.
ta uakolti (ta wa: kohl tee) I am thinking. (Stress is on 'ua')
ta uakolti iot (ta wa: kohl tee: yoht) I am only thinking (stress is on 'ua' and 'ti').
There are a very few suffixes in Matek.
- -olt- : causitive
- -ih- : active (a doing of)
- -ap-, -op-, -am-, -om- : past tense
- -an-, -on- : future tense
- -i : first person singular
- (-a) : neutral
- -ei : he, she, it
- -an : 2nd person singular
- -itik, -ik : first person plural
- -on, -ok, -anik : 2nd person plural
- -ek : 3rd person plural
The neutral pronoun is used either when context is well understood, or names, nouns, etc are used.
kenom Palten kek. or "kenopa Palten kek" (Paul spoke to them).
When -a is dropped from the past tense, then -ap, -op becomes -am, -om.
"he uel anon kotakei" and "he uel anona kotakei". Will his daughter go?
Here's a short dialog.
Talahten: he hihan? (the last word sounds like heehahn, or hee ahn, or ee ahn, or ee hahn).
Kolten: kou hihi no. he ti?
Talahten: pam uakti qoan te tehtol anik.
Kolten: kah, kou qoi, hihani iot te tatek.
Sarah: What are you doing?
Cole: Nothing, why?
Sarah: I was wondering if you wanted to go to the theater.
Cole: No! I don't want to, I have other things I need to do.
Sarah-name: ? do-you
Cole-name: No do-I something/what. ? why
Sarah-name: was know-cause-I want-you (object marker) theater go-we
Cole-name: No! not want-I, do-will-I just/only (object marker) other-they.