Cwengâr

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"Ô tengeffer cwec'han lhe cwarhôn | o telhucwâr perab e ladôn | cwe c'hyshŷn merhôl nâcwem, | ât ffemocw pelhôtŷnàf g'helem."

"Thus rain wept his death | and birch whispered of sadness, | over the King's silent hall | which wolves call home."


Cwengâr
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Type
Analytic
Alignment
Direct
Head direction
Initial Mixed Final
Primary word order
Verb-subject-object
Tonal
No
Declensions
Yes
Conjugations
Yes
Genders
Yes
Nouns decline according to...
Case Number
Definiteness Gender
Verbs conjugate according to...
Voice Mood
Person Number
Tense Aspect


Introduction

Background

This is a sibling language to Fén Ghír, I have come into it more familiar with linguistics and language construction and it should hopefully show in the slightly more fluid nature of the language. There is a voiced/unvoiced contrast used for gender which, combined with the mutation of Fén Ghír, makes it a highly shifting language.

General Information

Cwengâr represents a contemporary sibling language to Fén Ghír.

As Fén Ghír draws heavily of Irish Gaelic influence for spelling, phonetics and to some degree grammar, Cwengâr serves as a Bythronic equivalent, drawing heavily on Welsh and Breton. In this regard, an additional mutation was added [hard/nasal mutuation] and consonant agreement.

Root words are related to Fén Ghír, with some changes in connotations. For example, Cún [Fén: Law, Promise, Vow] has become Cwŷn and now mostly fills the Bér in Fén as a general Superlative like "Good". Cún in the sense of Promise has become Cwŷn C'hâr[aff] or "Just Word[s]". Per which is [Cognate to Bér] is basically reduced to meaning "Bright" in Cwengâr.

History of the Cwelhenev. [Cwelhànàf Netar]

Derived from the Galav culture which spread far during the early iron age. The Cwelhàn people occupy the hills and plains at the heart of the Galav expansion to the east of the Fayn Highlands. They are the largest Galavic Culture, by both population and size. Once the various coalitions held formidible sway over the Western part of the continent, however they have declined and ultimately been conquered by the Empire of Toryr. The Northern half of Cwelâr has retained some degree of independance as tribal puppet kings with their armies serving as auxiliaries and mercenaries, while the south is largely pushed to the country under the Toryl speaking aristocracy that has quickly risen up. The divide between the two groups however has not been long enough to be significant and there are no major differences of dialects, with the exception of Loeryr people who have long been considered a unique entity, with their own language influenced heavily by Toryr and the other Pyrittyl Languages, though still somewhat mutually comprehensible with standard Cwengâr.

To do

"Tecwap cwâr cwŷr dol 'ôffan pen et ffelârh dolh tecwab c'hâr ngâbàf."

Language is always expanding to meet the needs of an expanding language.

-Currently many roots relate back to Fén words that should be unique to the language [fén having the meaning of a person, bé[r] having the meaning of "good", etc, etc], the goal for now will be purging these.

Phonology

Consonants

Bilabial Labio-dental Alveolar Palatal Velar Uvular Glottal
Nasal m n ŋ
Plosive b/p t/d q/ɢ
Fricative f/v ʃ/ʒ χ/ɣ
Approximant h
Trill r ʀ
Lateral app. l ʎ

Vowels

Front Near-front Central Near-back Back
Close y
Near-close Y
Close-mid e ɤ
Mid ə
Open-mid ɛ ʌ
Near-open
Open a ä ɑ

Phonotactics

Cwengâr avoids vowel and consonant clusters as a general rule. Consonant clusters are resolved by dropping the first consonant while the latter is lenitioned. Vowel clusters are usually separate words.

Orthography

Cwengâr spelling corresponds to IPA with these exceptions;

  • /ŋ/ is spelt ng as in English.
  • /q/ is spelt cw, /ɢ/ is spelt gw. This is convention based off the Breton, if a Cwengâr script is invented, they will not be digraphs.
  • /f/ is spelt ff, /v/ is spelt f, inspired by Welsh.
  • /ʃ/ is spelt sh, /ʒ/ is spelt s, based off the above relation. It's tempting to use "ss" but "sh" is more conventional.
  • /χ/ is spelt c'h, /ɣ/ is spelt g'h, inspired by Breton.
  • /ʎ/ is spelt lh, inspired by Breton.
  • /ʀ/ is spelt rh, following after the example of /ʎ/.
  • /y/ is spelt ŷ
  • /Y/ is spelt y
  • /e/ is spelt â
  • /ə/ is spelt à or a.
  • /ɛ/ is spelt e
  • /a/ is spelt a
  • /ɤ/ is spelt ê
  • /ʌ/ is spelt u
  • /ä/ is spelt ô
  • /ɑ/ is spelt o

Grammar

Essentials

Pronouns

Cwengâr pronouns are gendered, while the inclusive/exclusive We not been developed as in Fén. Unlike Fén, Cwengâr preserves the Proto-Occidens pronouns which Fén eliminates.

Pronoun Fem. Masc.
1S Ty Du
2S Ra Rhà
3S Le Lho
1P Ŷsh Ês
2P Yra Ôrhà
3P Âla Ulhà


Broad & Slender

In Cwengâr there is a necessary accord between vowels and consonants, which can be paralleled to the Gaelic terms of "Broad" and "Slender";

  • Front-Closed vowels tend toward the Slender category and the preceding consonants will always be Unvoiced. R or L may also precede them.
  • Back-Open vowels tend toward the "Broad" category and preceding consonants will be Voiced. Rh or Lh may also precede them.

An exception to this rule of accord is Nasal consonants which do not have a voiced/unvoiced distinction.

Broad Slender
ê ŷ
u â
ô y
o e
à a

This division has also taken on secondary relevance in regards to gender as Broad syllables are considered more masculine and Slender more Feminine [and in some dialects diminuitive]. Thus personal names as well as some titles, placenames and animals may be either made Broad or Slender by switching to the corresponding vowel above.

Most inanimate objects or nouns being used in general conversation, when gender is not in question, will simply use the etymological origin which predates this distinction. Thus most dialects prefer the very masculine title of "Cwŷdyn" [King] rather than Gwêdyn or Gwêdynôn.

Even with animals, the distinction usually to the roots of the term for a gender neutral term but when an animal's gender is relevant, the syllable may be changed to emphasize gender; merygw "Sheep" becomes "morygw" or "ram".

To emphasize gender in a noun which defaults to the gender, a suffix if added; Female is usually signaled with an addition at the end or "-ŷn" or "-yn". "-ul" may be used at times to emphasize age. Male in turn is signified with "-on" or "-àn". "-àl" is a paternal counterpart to "-ul" but is used more rarely usually only for people seen actively serving as guardians.

Thus merycwŷn is an "ewe" while merycwul would be an "old-ewe" or "mother-sheep", while morygwàl might be used to refer to an old male-sheep.

Consonant Agreement Between Words

The Broad-Slender Consonant Distinction carries over between words as well as within them; Unless the word is a noun, verb or determiner, then the final consonant will shift according to the gender of the word after it, thus, the example;

focw tânycw merygw ta ty.

The noun "fo'gw" agrees with the slender syllable ["tâ-"] in the preceding adjective by becoming unvoiced ["focw"], similarly, the adjective becomes feminine; [tânygw-> tânycw]

However, the ending of merygw [sheep] which is masculine remains so, despite the next word starting with an unvoiced "t" [-gw remains -gw].

If an ending would cause the sound to be doubled, then the final consonant of the first word is silent.

" lyreff ffetan?"
/lyrɛ fɛtan/
lyreff ffetan
fretful N\peace
"An uneasy peace"

Mutations

Cwengâr has two kinds of mutations which can occur depending on the function of the word in the sentance that either "strengthens" or "weakens" the initial consonant.

A "Hard" Mutation occurs in either verbs which are modifed by auxilaries or else a possessed object which are possessed.

A "Soft" Mutation occurs in objects and in vocative case.

Unmutated Soft Hard
m f/ff
p ff m
b f m
ff ' p
f ' b
n sh/s
t sh n
d s n
sh h t
s h d
ng c'h/g'h
cw c'h ng
gw g'h ng
c'h h cw
g'h h gw

Other Mutations

When a word that ends with a vowel and the next begins with one, a "h" is prefixed to the beginning of the latter word. This also occurs when soft mutation would occur in a noun.

The combination of these two may make it difficult to distinguish the direct object from the subject in the sentance, thus when a word beginning with a vowel or a sonorant are the direct object, "e" is added before it.

An "n" is use for hard mutations in a word beginning with a vowel.


Pluralization

Words are pluralized by adding "-àf" if the last vowel is masculine and "-aff" if feminine.

Noun Forms

Genitive Form

In Cwengâr, the possessive is expressed with a hard declension on the possessed object.

A series of possessive pronouns in a row results simply in a long line of hard mutations. Adjectives are avoided if possible in favour of relative terms [My ball which is red rather than my red ball] though both forms are acceptable.

"Cwŷlyc'hâm rhà hês nâd gwuf rhà ngarhôn,"
/qʏnɛlyxem ʀə hɤs ned ɢʌv ʀʌ ŋaʀän/
Cwŷ- -lyc'hâm rhà h\ês n\âd gwuf rhà ng\arhôn,
Should- -Know 2S SBJ\1P Poss\This Before 2S POSS\Death
"Before you die, you should know this of us."
"E hâd"
/ɛ hed/
E h\âd
inq this
"What [is this that I should know]?"
"Te rhà su nàl nàlhun nulàlrynŷnŷnon nàlàlylân fon nôlamon."
/tɛ ʀə sʌ nəl nəʎʌn nʌʎəlrynəlʏnɑn nələlylen vɑn nälamɑn/
Te rhà su n\àl n\àlhun n\ulrynàlŷnon n\àlàlylân fon n\ôlamon
Be 2S 1S POSS\Father POSS\[Paternal] Brother POSS\[Mother's Father's Daughter's Husband's Daughter's Son] Nephew POSS\[Father's Father's Daughter's Son] cousin Former POSS\Housemate
"I am your father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate."


""E cwân âd hês?""
/ɛ qen ed hɣs/
E cwân âd hês
inq make this obj\us
"What does this make us?"
""Cwân âd a hen shad êrô hed dôngân du dulh rhà."
/qen ed a ɛn ʃad ɤrä hɛd däŋen dʌ dʌʎ ʀə/
Cwân âd a h\en sh\ad êrô h\ed dô- -ng\ân du dulh rhà
Make This Neg one SBJ\Thing Like SBJ\REL.DET FTR- -Make 1S From 2S
"This makes nothing, as I will make of you."

Vocative

A person may be addressed directly with  followed by their lenitioned name;

"John, go to the store please."

"Â Hon, ffeLhô dy lhotenan"

Unlike Fén Ghír, the location of this is in a sentance is fairly flexible;

"Â Hon, ffeLhô dy lhotenan pen shecwan ô shanyr"

"FfeLhô dy lhotenan, â Hon, pen shecwan ô shanyr."

"FfeLhô dy lhotenan pen shecwan ô shanyr, â Hon."


An Alternate Interpretation

To those more acquianted with declining and conjugating languages and less interested in historical interpretation of Cwengâr's grammar could consider the these mutations and accords as filling a similar niche to cases. It is rare that a single word may be used in all of these senses in common situations and in this case "Clothing" has been used even if Adjectival and Adverbal forms are rare.

Neutral:

  • Gwotad : /ɢɑtad/ : Subject Form for "Clothing".
  • Gwota(d): /ɢɑtad/, /ɢɑtat/, /ɢɑta/: Consonant Accord- This occurs in Adjectives, Adverbs and Verbs thus "Clothing-like", "Clothingly" and "To Clothe", others dialects treat verbs as nouns.. Whether these consonants are voiced is determined by the initial consonant of the next word. If there the next word begins with a vowel, most dialects will leave it as it is, others will default to voiced and some

Soft Mutation:

  • G'hotad: /ɣɑtad/ : Object Form for "Clothing".
  • Â g'hotad : /e ɣɑtad/ : Vocative Form.
  • G'hota(d): /ɣɑtad/, /ɣɑtat/, /ɣɑta/- : A present tense verb which is preceded by Adverbs in order to further distinguish it from the Adverbs.

Hard Mutation:

  • Ngotad : /ŋɑtad/ : Genitive Object "My Clothes".
  • Ngota(d) : /ŋɑtad/, /ŋɑtat/, /ŋɑta/ : Subordinate Genitive "My Clothes' Cleaner".
  • [A/Ma/Gwô/Te/Dô/Cwŷ]-ngota(d) : /ŋɑtad/, /ŋɑtat/, /ŋɑta/ : Conjugated Verb "[Un/Was/Will/Must/May] Clothes
  • [Ha/Ffa/G'hô/She/Sô/C'hŷ]-ngota(d): /ŋɑtad/, /ŋɑtat/, /ŋɑta/ : Conjugated Verb preceded by an adjective will have a soft mutation in the initial letter.

Verbs

Prefix Meaning
A- Negative
-Te- Past
-Dô- Future
-Cwŷ- Should
-Ma- Would
-Gwô- May

Complex Tenses;

More complicated tenses are expressed by giving a time frame later in the sentance rather than any modifications on the verb proper.

"Tenelânârh ty perŷgwàf cwâ hât."
/tɛnɛleneʀ ty pɛrʏɢɛv qe het/
Te- -n\elârâ\r ty p\erŷgw- -àf cwâ hât.
PST- -V\Guide\F 1S.F SBJ\sheep- -PL in Det
"I took the sheep in here."
"Tenelânârh ty perŷgwàf cwâ hât cwâff hucwy."
/tɛnɛleneʀ ty pɛrʏɢɛv qe het qef hʊqy/
Te- -n\elârâ\r ty p\erŷgw- -àf cwâ hât. cwâff hugwy.
PST- -V\guide\F 1S.F SBJ\sheep- -PL in Det before now
"I used to take the sheep in here."
"Tenelânârh ty perŷgwàf cwâ hât cwâ hucwâ."
/tɛnɛleneʀ ty pɛrʏɢɛv qe het qe hʊqe/
Te- -n\elârâ\r ty p\erŷgw- -àf cwâ hât. cwâ hucwâ.
PST- -V\guide\F 1S.F SBJ\sheep- -PL in Det in then
"I took in the sheep then."

Verb and Noun Phrases

Cwengâr branches leftwards on Verb/Noun Phrases. Adjectives, Adverbs and Possessive precede the Verb/Noun.

Verb Phrase

Adverbs Quantity Adverb Verb

+Quantity in this case refers to the number of times an action is performed rather than the number of people performing it; "Hit twice" would be used rather than "Hit two times"

Noun Phrase

Preposition* Adjective for Poss. Noun Possessive Noun Adjective Quantity Noun Determiner

Prepositions

Masc Fem English
E E Passive
Ngo Nge Against
Dulh Tyl From
Ta To
Dàf Taff Towards
Rhàlh Ral Than
Êrô Âra Like
Rhàlh By
ffa With
Gwu Cwy Under
Gwê Cwe Over
Gwô Cwâ In[to]
Lhurod Lârot Around
Nêrh Nŷr Near
Erac'hôn Erac'hôn Opposite
Gwuf Cwâff Before
Gwof Cweff After
Dôf Taff Until
Gwêr Cwŷr At/During
Bon Pen For/Because of
Gwulh Cwâl According

Words which begin with vowels following these are pronounced and written withwith with a "h" preceding them or "n" in the case of possessives.

The "e" preposition is used to mark an object in a sentance where either the subject is omitted or for whatever reason, the object could be confused with the subject, prior to objects beginning with a sonorant in particular as the lack of mutation causes these nouns to be otherwise indistinguishable between adjectival and genitive forms.

The accusative mutation or direct object form is used more than in Fén, primarily with two cases with "Te" which serves a parallel role to "Be" and as the subject of a discussion or sight.

Thus;

  • "Cwâr lho ffedàf." could mean either "He speaks lies" or "He speaks on the subject of lying". However, this is typically decipherable from context. An expression which wanted to incorporate both would "ned" as a verb or adverb as well, thus "Ned lho ffedàf" which could translate to "He lies about lies" or "He lyingly speaks about lies".
  • Ngo/Nge is a critical term for expressing opposition, "Cwâr lho ffedàf ngesh" would translate as "He speaks lies against me" which would have the same connotations as "prosecute" or "testify against" in English. This is used in many cases in English where a direct object could be used, if the object is one who suffers or is targeted by the verb. Thus one attacks against you, rather than simply attacking you.
  • The use of Dulh/Tyl, Dà/Ta and Dàf/Taff are fairly apparent and not unlike their use in English, with some exceptions. Thus, one could say, "Cwâr lho ffedàf ngesh dàrh" or "He speaks lies against me to you".
  • Êrô and Ral are comparatives which follow after the noun which they are comparing. "Cwâr lho êrô lhutânŷl ffedàf ngesh dàrh" or "He, like a mercenary, speaks lies against me to you."

Preposition Conjugation

Person Masc Fem
1S -s -sh
2S -rh -r
3S -lh -l
1P -sà -sha
2P -rhà -ra
3P -lhà -la
Determiner/Inanimate -g'h -c'h

If a pronoun is the object following a preposition, then it may be shortened by adding the above suffix after the preposition. This is not to be done when the pronoun is the possessor.

Determiners

Gender Current Determiner Contrasting Determiner New Determiner Current Determiner (Pl) Contrasting Determiner (Pl) New Determiner (Pl) Inquistive Determiner Relative Determiner Inquistive Determiner (Pl) Relative Determiner (Pl)
Masc âd âdà âdôn âdàf âdànàf âdônàf E âd Ed E âdàf Edàf
Fem ât âta âtyn âtyff âtaff âdynaff E ât Et E âtaff Etaff
This [Person] That [Person] This Other [Thing/Person] These [People] Those [People] These Other [Things/People] What [person]? Which [person] What [people] ? Those [things/people] which...
Masc ugwô ugwà ugwôn ugwôf ugwàf gwônàf E ugwà Egwà E ugwàf Egwàf
Slender ucwy ucwa ucwyn ucwyff ucwaff ucwynaff E ucwa Ecwa E ucwaff Ecwaff
Now Then This Other Time These Times Those Times These Other Times When? When Which Time? Those Times When...

This is a trickier case for gender as it is not always apparent. Typically it is determined by the gender of the noun which is being refered to by it, however if the gender is unclear [such as when asking a question or with a generality, such as the case of "What is it?"], one would use the Slender form traditionally.

Unlike Fén which has very clearly distinct Determiners, the nature of Cwengâr determiners are determined by preposition often, thus questions such as "Why", "Who", "Where" & " How"are determined by preposition or other auxiliary;

  • "Pon [e] hat?" is Why
  • "Cwe [e] hat" is Where similarly, though in this case the preposition changes towards the relevant preposition; Towards, In, After, etc.
  • "Alŷn [e] at"/"Ôlhon [e] âd" is "Who"
  • "How" is usually asked "Târ... rŷ/rhàlh e âd[à]/ât[a]?" or "do... by what?"

Relative Clauses

In Cwengâr relative clauses are rather common and often mark another action within the sentance. These begin with a relative determiner, however there are no strict rules on there ending.

I shouted at the woman who took my bread.

Terhôlhôt du tyl alyn et tengŷcw dy nânar cwê 'ocwâ. .

These relative clauses can sometimes be worked into the shorter form of dependant clauses to express cause which is something rare in English, the result is something like this;

We went to the store to get fishing supplies.

Would said in Cwengâr as;

Telô dy lhotenan pen ed lhôtan ŷs gwânan c'honaf.

Although, it could also be expressed with depedant coupla dividing it into two sentances;

Tengâb du gwânan c'honaf o telô dy lhotenan.

This would translate as something closer to:

We needed fishing supplies so we went to the store.

It is also important to note that these relative clauses may build on top of eachother, perhaps more often than in English;

I went to the man who sold the boat to the guy who talked to me yesterday.

Telô dy ôlon et telhotan ât cwerêl ta ed tengâr lho ta ny cwê fon gâl..

Notable Features

Yes/No

Cwengâr does not have a term for yes or no but rather will reply with an shortened affirmative or negative, most simply, "Te ât" or a suitable determiner depending on the situation.


Practical Use

Phrasebook

“Hello”

  • Cwâ!

"Hello" [Resp.]

  • Ârâ!

“How are you?”

  • E ne ed gwu rhà? [To a man]
  • E ne ed cwy ra? [To a woman]

“I am well.”

  • Te ât c'hŷn.

"So-so"

  • Ffan ô fon.

“What is your name?”

  • E ne - gwu rhà?
  • E ne - cwy ra?

"It is ______"

  • Te _______

Experiments

An example of the shifting language of Cwengâr;

Words

  • du/ty "I"
  • Pag'hôrh "To help"
  • merygw "Sheep"
  • âd/ât "That"
  • ugwôn "Another Time"

I, [a woman] helped that [male] sheep before.

Temag'hôr ty borycw âd gwê hugwôn.

I[, a man,] helped that [female] sheep before.

Temag'hôrh du perygwyn ât gwê hugwôn.

Jury is Out, PLease leave a Message

Most of these are up in the air questions. Most individual cases both lay out the current problem and the path I think I may take on it. If someone can suggest or advise on these, it will be greatly appreciated. Otherwise, I will likely remove them once I have the time to go over what has been written so far.


Pronouns

I may consider including further pronouns, esp. incl. v. excl. "we" since the current form is too indo-european for my liking.

Transitive Copula

Considering adding a shortened form of "nulan" [stand], "lhud" [sit], "ôlhorh" [rest] or "nâg'h" [lie] as a transitive Copula as opposed to "Te" that would serve the function of progressive and fill more temporary states. This would fill the same niche as "Ser" an "Estar" in Spanish or "Is" an "Tá" in Irish.