Kodistian

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Kodistian or Karihttaiturrampa /koɾiçtɑedul:omba/ is a language isolate spoken in Lõis's Okinawa. It's inspired by Tamil, Finnish and Akkadian.

Phonology

Kodistian has the following vowels: a i u aa ii uu, and diphthongs ai au iu ui ia ua.

Its consonants are p t k m n r h.

Orthography

Nowadays Kodistian is written in the Latin alphabet.

History

Some archeologists think the hieroglyphic script of the Iruttinaama stele, dating back to around 6000 BC, represents a very early form of Kodistian. This would make Kodistian the oldest written language in Lõis.

A more definite reference to Kodistian is found in a medieval Siészal play, ____, set in Kodistia.

ak.ma.lum.wu.lan.dam.y.wysz.pa.dy.þyl.an.dat.ty (Note: there is no spacing in written Siészal)

(In Modern Kodistian: aamarum urantam iuhppatirrantatti [æ:moɾum uɾondõũ juhpodil:ondot:i])

[insert 19th century European traveler's description of Kodistian]

Grammar

Verbs come in many conjugations -- the key is to remember the present tense stem, the past tense stem and the infinitive. Here is narinru 'to see', a typical nasal-stem verb.

ia nariim 'I see' mu narii 'you see' uran narittan 'he/she sees' uru narin 'it sees' iatam nariintam 'we see' mutam nariittam 'you see' urantam narittantam 'they see' (animate) uttam narintam 'they see' (inanimate) (Notice the consistent plural suffix -tam.)

Another example: katanru 'to stand': kataam, kataa, katattan, katan, kataantam, kataattam, katantam

The roots are narin- and katan- respectively. To form the present progressive, add the verb nirru to the root: narinniram, narinnira, narinnirtan, narinnirta, narinnirantam, narinnirattam, narinnirtantam, narinnirtatam (I am seeing, you are seeing, ...) katanniram, katannira, ... (I am standing, you are standing, ...)

For the past tense, in nasal root verbs, the nasal gets labialized and there is an infix -i-:

narimiim, narimii, narimitan, narimin, narimiintam, narimiittam, narimitantam, narimintam

There are also vowel-root verbs: an example is kankaru 'to shine':

kankaram, kankara, kankatan, kanka, kankarantam, kankarattam, kankatantam, kankatam (in present) kankaniram, kankanira, kankanirtan, ... (in present progressive) kankappam, kankappa, kankaptan, kankapan, ... (in past)

Some verbs are irregular, as in pahttaru 'to eat':

patram, patra, pahttatan, pahtta, ... (present) pahtaniram, ... (present progressive) pahttiim, pahttii, pahttitan, pahttin, ... (past)