CLS IV: Noun Declension

Yeah, yeah, I left you hanging for two weeks.  Happens.  With luck I’ll be able to post again tomorrow.

Anyway, nouns in CLS are either masculine, feminine, or neutral.  Just like in the real world, these classifications do not matter.  In fact, their only purpose is to fuck with you.

Nouns are also either singular, dual, or plural.  English has both singular and plural, but not dual forms of nouns.  Dual means that, if that noun case is used, there are two of whatever.  Thus, Zeg darta therä – “demon hates me” (I didn’t use ‘a’ because we haven’t gotten to that yet and it would just confuse you), while Zegr darta theräe – “two demons hate me”, Zëg darta theräe – “demons[more than two] hate me”. If either the dual or the plural is used, the conjugation of the verb changes.

Anyway, for translations of the words used: Dath, Datha, Dathel – fire, fires[two], fires[more than two]; Bvüd, Bvüdf, Bvüda – house, houses[two], houses[more than two]; Zeg, Zegr, Zëg – demon, demons[two], demons[more than two].

With luck tomorrow there shall be a post.  Good day, and god be with you I hope you drown.

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CLS III: Gratuitous Verbage

So, uh… the Alaran new year occurs umm… one day after ours, due to a political dispute that arose between the houses of Niara and Atralang in the year 289… both sides wanted to have really big new years parties, and… uh… okay, yeah, I got nothing.

Sorry for breaking my promise and not posting ’till after new years. But there was a lot to type.

Click here for gratuitous verbage.

Yeah, I should’ve gotten rid of the wiggly red lines before I screencapped, but that does not concern me. That’s a lot of shit to read, so it’s really just there for a reference. If any of you memorize it, I will be very surprised, as I haven’t. At all. I constantly need to look at it to figure out what the hell is going on.

The reason there are so many verb tenses is twofold: one, there are four verb forms, categorized by their endings, -eg, -as, -at, and -ül. Two, CLS distinguishes both in terms of time (past, present, future) and evidentiality (knowledgeable, hearsay, assumption). What that means is that there is a specific verb conjugation for whether you know something to be true, you’ve heard it’s true, or you assume it’s true. This is why a lot of the verb conjugations are so long – they cut out some of the useless language fluff. So “I heard John hates you” would simply be “John thal theraä”. “I assume you felt her” would be “That ata zhadheka” while “I heard you felt her” would be “That ata zhadhala” and “I know you felt her” would be “That ata zhadhakh”. It simplifies the language quite a bit. Apologies for the examples being so dirty, but by my calculations I’ve been awake for something like twenty-two hours now, and when I’m tired my creativity takes a dive into the perverse.

Anyway, next post should be on either noun declension or all the forms of “to be”, the one after that should be whichever one I didn’t do the previous time, and the one after that should be on clitics. These posts will be in pretty quick succession, as they’ll be short. It’ll be great… I have to go pass out now.