Introducing...Cynrethil

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Introducing...Cynrethil

Postby imbecilica » Fri 23 Oct 2009 3:36 am

Cynrethil

History
Cynrethian is a language set in the mythical world of Antir where my novel series Ancient Realms takes place (along with Thyrrian, Dhraexian, Elsian, Gu'telan, Imrizonian and so on). I've written the first book entitled the Fate of Dhraexia and have just started writing the second entitled the Undercity. The Cynrethian language descended from the old tongues of the southern people who migrated to the isle wedged in between the two great kingdoms of Thyrria and Dhraexia 4000 years ago. Long uncivilised, the peoples of Cynrethia were annexed by both the Thyrrians and Dhraexians for over 1000 years. Seeing his people suffer, the young warlord Pyrhȧrth (Pureheart) led a successful rebellion against the invaders and the long years of hardship began to disappear. With the help of the Thyrrian princess Kiresha he managed to unite the land crowning himself king and taking Kiresha as his queen. Ever since then, the island nation of Cynrethia has prospered and due to the royal connections - Cynrethia has been protected by its neighbours who were once enemies.

Though civilised, the peoples of Cynrethia are very spiritual. Their pantheon consists of dozens of Gods each having a female counterpart, but above all they worship Luna - the Goddess of the moon. Their flag consists of a white triangular glaive with blue in the background. The name Cynrethia itself may be broken down into: cyn (blade), rethȧn (to throw) = cynreth (throwing blade/glaive/chakram). The suffix -ia means 'land' from tirȧ (land). Hence Cynrethia means the land of the glaive (which is a symbol and mythical weapon of the Goddess Luna).

Phonology
Bear with me as I'm not very good at transcribing sounds into IPA. Anyway, here's a try:

Consonants:
b /b/
c /k/
ċ /tʃ/
d /d/
đ(dh) /ð/
(ġ) /ʒ/
f /f/
g /g/
h /h/
l /l/
m /m/
n /n/
ŋ(ng) /ŋ/
p /p/
r /r/
s /s/
/ʃ/
t /t/
th /θ/
v /v/
w /w/
x /x/
y*(j) /j/
z /z/
ż /ʒ/

Vowels:
a /æ/
ȧ /ɑ/
e /ɛ/
ė /ə/
i /ɪ/
o /ɒ/
u /ʊ/
y* /ɨ/

*The letter y as an initial is pronounced /j/ and elsewhere is /ɨ/. When /j/ is within a word, it is written as j.
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Re: Introducing...Cynrethil

Postby adelgado » Fri 23 Oct 2009 5:02 am

Why not <ŧ> for /θ/? Gets consistent with your <đ> and it's been done before[1]

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_S ... rthography
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Re: Introducing...Cynrethil

Postby imbecilica » Fri 23 Oct 2009 5:15 am

adelgado wrote:Why not <ŧ> for /θ/? Gets consistent with your <đ> and it's been done before[1]

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_S ... rthography


Cynrethia or Cynreŧia? I guess I could adopt it. Oh yeah there's also a conscript that comes along with it. I'll try to post it as soon as I finish it.

God dæg a duin (đuin) ȧlė! Cynreŧil æriṡ mækdėtuŋ ben

Updated list:

Consonants:
b /b/
c /k/
ċ /tʃ/
d /d/
đ(dh) /ð/
ḋ(ġ) /dʒ/
f /f/
g /g/
h /h/
l /l/
m /m/
n /n/
ŋ(ng) /ŋ/
p /p/
r /r/
s /s/
ṡ /ʃ/
t /t/
ŧ /θ/
v /v/
w /w/
x /x/
y*(j) /j/
z /z/
ż /ʒ/

Vowels:
a /æ/
ȧ /ɑ/
e /ɛ/
ė /ə/
i /ɪ/
o /ɒ/
u /ʊ/
y /ɨ/

*ḋ/ġ is /dʒ/ not /ʒ/!
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Re: Introducing...Cynrethil

Postby dtp883 » Fri 23 Oct 2009 5:38 am

Is the rhotic consonant trilled? Or what is it exactly?
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Re: Introducing...Cynrethil

Postby imbecilica » Fri 23 Oct 2009 6:05 am

dtp883 wrote:Is the rhotic consonant trilled? Or what is it exactly?

Coronal trill I think is what it is.

Anyway a few examples so far:

Estėdaeg, đeṡdaeg cȧ morėdaeg ȧlė ben saem...daegir ben.
[Yesterday, today and tomorrow are all the same...(they) are days.]
Iċ’daeg aer maek tuŋir maer ca maer.
[Each day I make more and more languages.]
God daeg ȧ đuin ȧlė, teŋgys god daeg!
[Good day to you all, have (a) good day!]
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Re: Introducing...Cynrethil

Postby imbecilica » Fri 23 Oct 2009 8:18 am

Oops 2 mistakes:

Iċ’daeg aer maec tuŋir maer cȧ maer.

So...orthographically, how does it seem to you? Does it look unpleasing in any way? Or is it fine the way it is? Ben god ne? (Is it good?)
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Re: Introducing...Cynrethil

Postby imbecilica » Fri 23 Oct 2009 1:31 pm

Um I need help explaining what this person means by this.

I like the look of the language. Very Celtic. But your vowels system is strange:

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I    U
E @
{   A Q


I think /I U/ would shift to /i u/, and /Q/ would shift to /O/. Then it would look like:

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i 1 u
E @ O
{     A


More naturalistic, I think.
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Re: Introducing...Cynrethil

Postby locuroso » Fri 23 Oct 2009 10:59 pm

so far i'm liking the language. i like the sounds of the language, its sounds germanic to me. I would like to see more of the language.
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Re: Introducing...Cynrethil

Postby imbecilica » Sat 24 Oct 2009 7:26 am

Pronouns

aer - I (generic)
aerȧs - I (formal)
đu - You (generic)
đuin - You (plural/generic)
đuȧs - You (formal)
đuinȧs - You (plural/formal)
du - You (informal)
duin - You (plural/informal)
him - He
haer - She
dȧŧ - It
ȧn* - One
ȧs - We (exclusive)
wir - We (inclusive)
đae - They

Basic verbs

benȧn - to be
cunȧn - to know
cymȧn - to come
điŋcȧn - to drink
esȧn - to eat
gȧnȧn - to go
libȧn - to love
liċȧn - to like
lifȧn - to live
pirȧn - to look
redȧn - to read
ritȧn - to write
siŋȧn - to sing
sitȧn - to sit
teŋgȧn - to have
ŧiŋcȧn - to think

Present tense - replace ȧn with ȧ. [eg. Aer cunȧ! (I know!)]

Basic objects

cyn - knife
cȧmp - house
dog - dog
cet - cat
mȧn - man
ummȧn - woman
cind - child
boc - book
tyc - thing
rittyc - pen
papy - paper
tȧf - table
sittyc - chair
siŋym - song
daeg - day

Certain verbs can become objects by adding -tyc or -ym at the end.

The verb (to be) will soon be re-imagined. For the time being, to be is benȧn

Plurality
For now:
-ėn - noun ends in consonant
-ir(-ŧir) - noun ends in vowel

Articles
- definite
ȧn - indefinite

cȧ/cȧm - and
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Mini Quiz
Can you make these sentences?

1. I have a book.
2. You (generic) like to sing.
3. They write books and I read books.
4. We (inclusive) love the chair.
5. I (formal) am...

Answers:
1. aer teŋgȧ ȧn boc.
2. đu liċȧ siŋȧn.
3. đae ritȧ bocėn cȧm aer redȧ bocėn.
4. wir libȧ yė sittyc.
5. aerȧs ben...
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Aer liċȧ Cynreŧil.

Postby VROOR » Mon 09 Nov 2009 4:27 am

This Cynrethil language really sparked an interest in me and, I am wish more vocabulary and grammar can be introduced.

Please do continue with the introduction and lessons of Cynrethil, thank you.
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