BONUS: Aleani Language Primer

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Hi all!

In gratitude for the support the Wattpad community has shown for Soulwoven over the last few months, I'm putting up an Aleani language primer. If you're so inclined, you should be able to translate every Aleani statement in the book using it.

I hope you like it. It was fun cobbling a language for the Aleani together from bits and pieces of Earth languages I know. It's even more fun to write in it.

Enjoy! I'll post one for the Sh'ma language when Soulwoven hits 200,000 reads.

-JS

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A Primer to the Aleani Language

(Ferthor Syorchia Aleaner)

 

Verb Constructions

Aleani verbs generally end in “a” in the infinitive (i.e. Alea). Aleani verbs have only two basic verb conjugations: one for actions which one has done oneself (“b”, i.e. Aleb, “I live”) and one for actions which others have performed (“k”, i.e. Alek, “He lives, she lives, they live,” etc.). Each conjugation, in turn, possesses two endings: one for an action already completed (“dt”, i.e. Alebdt, “I lived”), and one for an action not yet complete (“th”, or “ch” after the “b”, i.e. Alebch, “I live, I am living, I will live,” or Alekth,  “He lives, he will live.”). The imperative is the root without the ending, with a “k” added if the word ending is a vowel (i.e. Alek, “Live!”, Chel, “Climb!”)

Exceptions: for verbs ending in "ua" the “a” is kept when conjugated (i.e. Fenuab, “I govern, I am in charge”)

Adverb constructions

The placement of an adjective after a verb will make it an adverb (i.e. Fenuab al, “I govern greatly,” Aleb ardrt, “I live with anger”).

Possessives

Attaching “er” to a noun or a pronoun will make it a possessive. (i.e. Aleaner, “Of or belonging to the Aleani”, Eler “your”).

Other Constructions

Attaching “n” to the infinitive of a verb will make it a noun (i.e Alean, “Those who are, those who live, those who breathe”). Adding “i” to a noun will make the diminuitive form of it (i.e. Aleani, “The little ones who live”; Fenuani “Chief, clan head, boss, section leader”).

Adjective Constructions

Adjectives come immediately after the nouns they describe.

General Sense of Words

Generally, Aleani words have a harshness to them, with a lot of “h”s. “Th”, “Ch” (hard “k” sound), and “Dt” are used often enough that they have their own letter to represent them in the written language. Hard consonants and hard vowel sounds abound.

 

Vocabulary

Ek (n.) - justice, the law, what is right

Eut (n.) - today, this time, now

Reka (v.) - to come

Ferth (n.) – Beginning, place to start.

Syorchua (v.) - To speak, say, communicate

Syorchia (n) - Language

Ia (n. pl.) - Words

Fenua (v.) - To govern

Lan (n.) - City, village, place where people dwell.

Or (n.) - Text

Alea (v.) - To be, to live, to breathe.

Olea (v.) - to be (for inanimate objects)

Hardt (n.) - Volcano

Du (art.) - The (used generally only in names)

Mir (n., adj.) - blue

Nord (n., adj.) - north, the direction of north

El (pronoun) – you

Aleka (v.) - to walk

Fetua (v.) - to fly

idt (prep) - for

sindt (prep.) - with

set (n., adj.) - south

Yenorertyal (n.) – God’s grace; the will of Yenor

tyal (n.) - grace, blessing

tyaler (n.) - parent, father, mother

Chel (n.) - mountain

Chela (v.) - climb, reach up, strive

Chelua (v.) - to stay, be steady, durable, implacable, mountain-like

Keldt (adj.) - soft, easy, warm, inviting

Rorcht (adj.) - cold, impassive, uncaring

Ardrdt (adj.) - angry

Ardra (v.) - to fight

Circht (n.) - circle, crown, circlet

Cherdt (n.) - heart

Spach (n.) - space

Al (adj.) - great

Fenuan (n.) - King or queen; king and queen together; the rulers.

Brecht (n.) - joke, farce, idiocy

Brechua (v.) - to make a joke, to be foolish

Brechuan (n.) - a fool, a joker, an idiot

Wyea (v.) - to call, to speak, to sing

Lanfenuan (n.) - mayor

Cheran (n.) - horse

Sulua (v.) - (obscene)

Chersuluan (n.) - (obscene exclamation)

Ya (adj.) - young

Yan (n.) - child

Ro (n., adj.) - red

Erth (n.) - sky

Cheltyaler (n.) - a species of giant worm that lives beneath the mountains.

Ha (art.) - yes

Kwet (n.) - jewel, gemstone, precious thing

Rokwet (n.) - ruby

Herua (v.) - to make trouble, cause a problem, have a problem

Heruan (n.) - trouble, a problem.

Nda (p.) - here, there, a particular point.

Sun (n.) - the sun.

Alekan (n.) - travels, journeys, walkings.

Aldt (adj.) - good

Cherkeldt (exp.) - Thank you, lit. "Warm heart."

Sun Chelan (exp.) - Hello (between strangers), lit. "The sun’s climb [greets you]."

Hedua (v.) - sail

Hedt (n.) - sea

Heduan (n.) - sailor

Orin (n.) - book; tome; long text

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