Speedlang Challenge: The Dark Gnomic Language. The Dark Gnomes of the Forest.

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Speedlang Challenge: The Dark Gnomic Language. The Dark Gnomes of the Forest.

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The Dark Gnomic language. ɻɐw◌̬ən (darkness). The language of the forest gnomes of the night. These gnomes are nocturnal.


D – (as in dad) – the fourth place of articulation.

θ – th as in tooth. (Dental fricative).

ð – th as in that. (Dental fricative).

s – as in sit. (fricative).

ʃ - as in show. (fricative).

h – as in here. (fricative).

f – as in father. (fricative).

z – as in zebra. (fricative).

p – as in pan.

m – as in meal.

n – as in need.

l – as in lime.

ɻ - as in robin (close approximant.)

t – as in tiger.

K – as in kite.

w◌̬ – voiced w as in woke (close approximant.)

b◌̬ – voiced b as in back (close approximant.)

Short vowels: Long vowels:

ɐ –as in father. ɐɐ – long a as in father.

ɛ –as in hay. ɛɛ -long e as in hay.

i–as in leaf. ii – long i as in leaf.

o –as in zone. oo – long o as in zone.

u -as in rhubarb. uu – long u as in rhubarb.

ə -as in cut. əə- long ə as in cut.

There are no dipthongs in ɻɐw◌̬ən only long vowels. Aux + O. S. V. Word order. The language has 5 grammatical moods: indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional, and subjunctive. The main verb appears in a non-finite form with less inflection. No core cases or voices. Just uses Aux + O. S. V. and vowel harmony.

The nocturnal gnomes know of a special tree whose leaves they can smoke. They always smoke at night with their long pipes. They use these leaves of the tree for other purposes as well like healing concoctions and other ritual practices. This tree is called ʃɛðɛðɐθ and the gnomes derive the word to smoke from this word ðɛðɐ. The gnomes will refer to the tree itself as ʃɛðɛðɐθ as well as it’s leaves. In the ɻawən language a lot of nouns end in θ sound.

In the bottom example the auxiliary helping verb goes at the front and is in the conditional mood “fɛnos” – had better.

He had better smoke ʃɛðɛðɐθ or face the gnomes wrath. fɛnos/had better. ɛm/he. ʃɛðɛðɐθ/special tree leaves. ðɛðɐ/smoke. noki/or hɛlɐ/the zimɛθ/gnomes. ɻofb◌̬ɐz/wrath. w◌̬ɐɻʃɐ/face.

Tisɛθ ɛm ɛmɐ ðoli (wife/object. his/subject. he/subject. loves/verb.) – He loves his wife.

Alternation of vowel length should be a means of inflection or derivation.

ðoli – loves

ðoliif – loving

ðooli – loved (past tense)

ðoolis – love (present tense).

ðooliisɛ - to love in the future.

ðoolii – To be kind/to show kindness to others.

hɛsɛlɐ - magic

hɛɛsɛɛlɐ - curse

hɛɛsɛɛlɐɐ- spell

hɛɛsɛɛlɐɐfkiθ – wand

ɻɐw◌̬ən – darkness.

ɻɐɐw◌̬əən – dark shadow beings in the forest.

ɻofb◌̬ɐz – wrath

ɻoofb◌̬ɐz – anger

ɻofb◌̬ɐɐz – fear. (a lot of the time anger is born out of fear).

ɻoofb◌̬ɐɐzɛ - vengeance.

ɻoofb◌̬ɐɐzɛf – pain and hurt.
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