Here's some elementary info on my current language project, called Avdenio. Essentially its an attempt at a global auxiliary with vocabulary derived from 14 major natural languages. I'm hoping to get some feedback and help with the beginner's course and lexicon, which I am now working on. Comments can go to Avdenio@gmail.com - Luke
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 1) - In the Avdenio Alphabet
O Satrekas Eleteiri em Jaor Rienen (Zaste Eo) - Feo Djihir Avdenion
Elei riener sa umeirta hari to glaeji en merve to jao. Jer sa andavta val raesan to vieke, teoskae jer sjola gama nan andur feo imanstis. (All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards each other in the spirit of brotherhood.)
Precise Orthography (marked for stress and euphonic vowels):
Élei riénër sa uméirta hári to ëgláeji en mérvë to jao. Jer sa andávta val raesán to viékë, téoskae jer sjóla gáma nan ándur féo imánëstis.
IPA Transcription (common mode with diphthongized vowels)
[ˈɛleɪ̯ ˈrɪ̯ɛnɛr sa uˈmeɪ̯rta ˈhari tɔ (ɛ)gˈlaḙʒi ɛn ˈmɛrvɛ tɔ ʒaɔ̭. ʒɛr sa anˈdavta val raḙˈsan tɔ ˈvɪ̯ɛkɛ,ˈtɛɔ̭skaḙ ʒɛr ˈʃɔla ˈgama nan ˈandur fɛɔ̭ iˈman(ɛ)sˌtis.]
The Avdenio Language
Avdenio is an artificial hybrid language and alphabet intended as a means of global communication. It is both an international auxiliary language and an ‘art-lang’; the structure and behavior work to favor aesthetics, flexibility and consistency of use. The Avdenio project was created by artist and amateur linguist Luke Wright.
Most of the vocabulary in Avdenio has been derived from fourteen major world languages: Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, English, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Telugu. The name of the language is a compound of avdén "combination" and io "language", which respectively come from the Russian объединять and Mandarin 語. A native alphabet is also offered, which likewise takes origin in widely used writing systems. The result is a breed of global creole, which uses words that are already mnemonically familiar to learners of many backgrounds.
The rules of grammar are clear but adaptable to speech habits and personal preferences. Avdenio sentences can be phrased as agglutinative, analytic or synthetic arrangements, and the inclusion of elements like case and tense are always optional to the speaker. Avdenio can make precise specifications in meaning, or leave most elements up to context, as per the preference of the speaker. The phonetic system of the language is crafted to be attractive, but not at the expense of fluid pronunciation. The characters of the native Avdenio alphabet have one-sound-per-letter correspondence, but with a loose admittance of allophonic variation. This makes it easier for most people to read and speak aloud and still be clearly understood.
• A grammar that has no rule exceptions, but at the same time allows for variability of word arrangement. For example, the phrase “the woman will call her two dogs” is usually rendered o ién kálva dus péirur jen, but is also acceptable analytically as o ien va kal dus er péiru en je, synthetically as o iénes péirurem dúsem jénem káljeva, or even agglutinatively as o-ièneskálva jèndùspéirurem. With the optional use of articles (i.e. suffix/prepositions) such as (e)m for the accusative case and (e)s for the nominative, many word orders are possible. The phrase “I can speak Avdenio” can be arranged in SVO order without articles as ve kànkása Avdénio, with prepositional articles as em Avdénio a kànkás es ve, or with the suffix counterparts as Avdéniom ves kànkása. The flexibility of articles for verbs, adjectives and nouns give Avdenio the ability to be personalized.
• Provisions for easy pronunciation, especially lenient allophonics, and the letter ë ienkúlai, which in English is called the 'euphonic /e/' or 'connecting /e/'. This phoneme is written /e/ or /ë/, and is generally pronounced near a schwa [ə, ɘ, ɜ] or a closed frontal vowel like [ɛ, e̞, ɪ, ɨ] (i.e. the vowels of English "bull", "bell" or "bill". The Avdenio system of euphonics uses this optional semi-vowel to split up consonant clusters that may occur when word parts are combined. E.g. avdàrj (compound root of "lift up") + da (verbal past tense article) > avdárjëda "lifted up". The /ë/ is optionally added between the root and article, splitting up the difficult consonant cluster of the non-standard variant avdárjda. It is also possible to prefix /ë/ to words starting in clusters or ending in consonants, e.g. gláeji > ëgláeji "equal", rik > ríkë "government". While the central register of Avdenio advises the use of /ë/ in particular situations, it is ultimately up to the speaker.
• A concordance with the natural course of language evolution: The emergence of local and community dialects are anticipated and even encouraged by the systems of grammar, writing and pronunciation. The central register of the language, called the "common mode", is always offered to arbitrate between differential dialects or "local modes". It should be understood that the common mode gives guidelines rather than rules, which would act to petrify the use of Avdenio. The core list of roots (currently under development) will likewise be open to amendment, even allowing new words from languages not originally included by the author.. The ultimate adoption of new vocabulary depends on the consensus of the speaking community.
• Diverse sources of vocabulary: The core roots and articles take almost exclusive origin in fourteen widely spoken languages, spanning many linguistic families. However, these are definitely distinct from their originators, as in the case of adénsë, which stems from the English “attention” and has the same meaning. The sound is similar but distinct. Some of the most successful auxiliary languages have favored European sources, though a few have recognized the need for universal inclusion in a common language. Avdenio is meant to be familiar to as many people as possible, and so the population of linguistic communities is a high priority. It is also intended that borrowing from these natural languages will encourage Avdenio speakers to study them. This will increase multilingualism, and help the natural and artificial modes of communication to co-evolve rather than compete.