Neuvillish language

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Neuvillish Language
Sahnusijji Länuwerpa
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Created byMattajås Sdigerhk
Regulated byNeuvillish Government
Spoken inFlag of Neuvilleland.png Kingdom of Neuvilleland
Total speakers2
FamilyLanguage isolate (Neuvillic, Paleo-British)
Influenced byPre-Celtic languages of Britain
Writing system(s)Latin, Cyrillic, Theban
TypeReconstructed language (claimed by Sdigerhk)

The Neuvillish language (Neuvillish: Sahnusijji Lånuwerpa) is the national language and first official language of Neuvilleland. It was created by the founder of Neuvilleland, Mattajås Sdigerhk.

Sdigeŗk claims that the language is based upon the languages spoken in Britain prior to the arrival of Celtic and Germanic languages, which were revealed in detail to Sdigeŗk by God in a series of vivid dreams. Sdigeŗk recorded several Paleo-British languages and dialects during his series of dreams, eventually creating the Neuvillish language as a unifying written standard based upon the earliest form of Paleo-British speech.

Due to the pre-Celtic substrate grammatical influence upon the Insular Celtic languages, Neuvillish shares some features with said languages, such as VSO word order. Furthermore, the Insular Celtic languages retain some pre-Celtic vocabulary, especially vocabulary regarding animals, and consequently share some vocabulary with Neuvillish. For instance, the proto-Insular Celtic word for "pig", *mokkus and subsequent proto-Brythonic *mox and Old Irish mucc, are linked with the Neuvillish nåkk.

The name of the language is constructed as follows:

  • Sahnus-ijji Lå-nuwer-pa
    speech-method ᴘʟ-Neuville-ɢᴇɴ
    the language of the Neuvilles

Grammar

Neuvillish has ten grammatical cases, nominative, genitive (indicating possession), dative, accusative, instrumental, locative, vocative, benefactive, temporal and partitive.

Word order is relatively free, however the typical construction is VSO, as in Insular Celtic languages.

Like Insular Celtic languages, Neuvillish has inflected prepositions, for instance žannut below them and aezaherhw inside it.


Dialects

Neuvillish is divided into two dialects: Lowland Neuvillish (Sahnusijji Pwerawwdigahpa) and Highland Neuvillish (Sahnusijji Inuswdigahpa), which differ mainly in pronunciation and vocabulary. Standard Neuvillish is derived from Lowland Neuvillish.

Phonology

Consonants

Labial Dental Alveolar Postalveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Nasal (m) n ɲ
Stop p b t d k ɡ
Affricate b̪͡v d͡z     (t͡ʃ) d͡ʒ
Fricative f v θ ð s z (ʃ) ʒ h
Approximant ɹ j
Flap ɾ
Lateral l

Vowels

Front Near-front Central Back
plain round plain round plain round plain round
Close i ɨ u
Close-mid
Mid
Open-mid ɛ
Open a ɶ ɑ

Alphabet

Neuvillish Orthography has been reformed several times throughout its history. The Cyrillic script is considered co-official and is used by the country’s Eastern Orthodox minority, while Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and Irreligious citizens all favour Latin.

Latin Orthography

Majuscule Forms (also called uppercase or capital letters)
A Å Ae Ah B Ȇ D Dz F E G I Ij J K L M† N O† P Pw R Rh S Š† T W Z Ž
Minuscule Forms (also called lowercase or small letters)
a å ae ah b č† d dz f e g i ij j k l m† n o† p pw r rh s š† t w z ž
  • † Appears only in foreign loanwords and transliterated foreign names.
  • A diaeresis or grave accent may occasionally be used on e and i, typically foreign loanwords: forming the graphemes è, ì, ë and ï. These graphemes, however, are not considered separate letters in Neuvillish.

Cyrillic Orthography

Majuscule Forms (also called uppercase or capital letters)
А Аъ Ə Аь Б Д Дз Дж Ф Е Г Ы И Й К Л Н (М) П Пъ Р Рь С (Ш) Т (Ч) В З Ж
Minuscule Forms (also called lowercase or small letters)
а аъ ә аь б д дз дж ф е г ы и й к л н (м) п пъ р ръ с (ш) т (ч) в з ж

Example phrases

  • Aedessen/Әдессен - Hello
  • Wjisdigen ahsdignae/Вйисдиген аьсдигнә -Good day
  • Pahbern ahsdignae/Паьберн аьсдигнә - Good night
  • Sahnuswijn wji sahnusijjin lånuwerpa?/Сахнусвийн вйи лаънуверпа? - Do you speak Neuvillish?
  • Ahsijkåspilwezka uwerhs/Аьсийкаъспилвезка уверьс - Goodbye
  • Nåkkpaërahwwå!/Наъккпаераьвва! - a common Neuvillish curse word, literally a pig's head
  • Iahnu piliahåw rhuwpijerhw Knusijsahdwerwa Lånuwerpa/Иаьну пилиаьаъв рьувпийеръв Кнусийсаьдверва Лаънуберпа - I am going to the Kingdom of Neuvilleland

Sample Text

Låweahwen kpilwdåw. Iahnu tahijesijn låweahwahk iahnupa dahwkpilwdwa sdladaed, berw nut ihanun ånndaed nuah. Iahnu iahnupa lahpin rhuwaezah kjiswa zahpiwåw, zpilw fahdaezah derhdarhå.

— An extract from Sdigeŗk's personal diary, recalling a hunting trip.

Лаъвеаьвен кпилвдаъв. Иаьну таьийесийн лаъвеаьваьк иаьнупа даьвкпилвдва сдладәд, берв нут иханун аънндәд нуаь. Иаьну иаьнупа лаьпин ръувәзаь йисва заьпиваъв, зпилв фаьдәзаь деръдаръаъ.