Tatevi

I’ve started work on a new project. This one’s a conlang, because I need more things to commit to. Clearly.

Here are the few starter verbs I’ve got so far:

  • threg – eat
  • kwen – be
  • vun – have
  • mand – love
  • pek – think

And some nouns:

  • tatev – language, breath
  • bern – cat
  • har – dog
  • frash – mouse
  • tek – cheese
  • ter – friend
  • dan – sibling
  • zhuz – home
  • plet – beach
  • zuf – fire

Pronouns:

  • hiz – 1st person singular
  • waz – 1st person plural (inclusive – you and I)
  • wuz – 1st person plural (exclusive – we, but not you)
  • tezh – 2nd person singular
  • tazh – 2nd person plural
  • vish – 3rd person singular
  • vash – 3rd person plural

Verb conjugation:

  • -lu – first person (threglun)
  • -le – second person (threglen)
  • -la – third person (threglan)

Verb transitivity:

  • -n – transitive (threglan)
  • -t – intransitive (threglat)

Noun declension:

  • -i – definite (berni – the cat)
  • -m – possession head marker (frashiberni – the cat‘s mouse)

Example sentences:

  • Berni threglan frashi. – The cat eats the mouse.
  • Frashi mandwan¹ tek. – The mouse loves cheese.
  • Pleti kwan² hari zhuzim. – The beach is the dog’s home.
  • Hiz peklut; hiz kwut. – I think, [therefore]³ I am.
  • Frashim terim hiz threglan tekim hiz. – My friend’s mouse eats my cheese.
  1. mandwan instead of mandlan because lan was originally ulan. In most cases this shortened to lan but after the alveolar stops it instead lost the and became wan.
  2. kwenlan abbreviates to kwan due to its frequent usage.
  3. Juxtaposition implies causation here.

I’m currently working on a font using FontForge, but it’s slow going because contextual ligatures are confusing. Hopefully I’ll be able to get that going soon and upload it as a web font so you can see it here.

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