- This article describes Classical Netagin; for Modern Netagin, see Netagin/Modern.
In the Unbegotten timeline, Netagin (English: net-ə-GHEEN; natively ne Natagin [nɛː nətɐːˈgiːːn]; folk etymology connects the name with the root n-t-g 'to sing') is a classical language of Edna's conworld, belonging to the Idavic language family. Netagin has influenced many other languages, especially Ouřefr and Shalaian. Netagin is intended to be optimized for writing piyyutim: like Hebrew, Netagin has triconsonantal morphology, final stress and stressed suffixes, so that it is natural to rhyme by having the last syllables the same like in Jewish piyyutim. It tends to be verb-initial and head-initial like Hebrew, and its morphosyntactic alignment is split-S with some Austronesian elements.
The spread of the vegan philosophy Qypadkiism (ně Qypadkinůn) elevated Netagin to the status of a classical and liturgical language throughout the entire Idavic-speaking world in the post-Apocalyptic era. Netagin had a nickname "the Language of the Řix" (byrůc nie Řix), after the letter for ř; It was the only language known to its speakers to have the Czech ř sound.
This is the seventh version of Netagin. Its aesthetic is inspired by Hebrew, Maltese, Czech, and Windermere and its grammar is Indonesian, Lushootseed and Slavic-inspired.
- 1 Todo
- 2 Gibberish
- 3 Phonology
- 4 Morphology
- 5 Syntax
- 5.1 Conjunctions
- 5.2 Negation
- 5.3 Questions
- 5.4 Translating "to be"
- 5.5 Possession
- 5.6 Relative clauses
- 5.7 Complement clauses
- 5.8 Time clauses
- 5.9 Conditional clauses
- 5.10 Reason clauses
- 5.11 Purpose clauses
- 5.12 Circumstantial clauses
- 5.13 Information structure
- 6 Vocabulary
- 7 Poetic Netagin
- 8 Sample texts
- gzarot gzarot gzarot!
- irregular gzarot would be caused by w/y/'/maybe the palatal consonants, m ť ď
- noun patterns!
WCONS 3SG.M-CAUS/walk/TELIC 3PL.INDEP DET.F desert WCONS die-3SG.M "They made him go out into the desert and he died"
Tygům šatlej řy-čannevěr,
Kadob pehlať a-vahmavěr,
ale'ad tu pa-nojjannem,
Hypyre žůj vyto šotnem.
Takum pyčie takum
Pařuj palenůk hoj,
Eki šakov leťin
Absan tapien lahoj.
Peslam mygeptak ďah mynej ve'ůx,
Mirěť čapa korin a-ruze'ůx.
Dolper aniv neliem taja tožie,
Bon niem sa pakavin lyma pežie.
Netagin has 24 consonants:
|Nasal||m /m/||n /n/||[ɲ]||[ŋ]|
|Plosive||voiceless||p /p/||t /t/||ť /c/||k /k/||q /ʔ/|
|voiced||b /b/||d /d/||ď /ɟ/||g /g/|
|Fricative||voiceless||s /s/||š /ʃ/||x /x/|
|voiced||v /v/||z /z/||ž /ʒ/||h /ɦ/|
|Affricate||c /ts/||č /tʃ/|
|Approximant||l /ɫ/||j /j/|
The following classes of consonants are 'weak letters' and cause irregular gzarot:
- Semivowels: j v
- Palatals: š ž č ť ď ř
- Ungeminables: q h ř
Less conservative; vowels in stressed syllables are lengthened, unstressed vowels reduced when historically short
Russian/Hebrew style alternation between pretonic a and propretonic a:
- In pretonic syllables, a is pronounced /ɐ/;
- In propretonic syllables, a is pronounced /ə/.
- In stressed syllables: a e i u ā ē ī ū > a ě e o ů ie i u.
- In pretonic syllables (open): a o i e > a a y e
- In propretonic syllables: a o i e > a a y y
Usually final, some penultimately-stressed "segolates" CVCVC or CVCCV
Penult long vowels + every other stress gives the language a distinctive "Scotch snap" rhythm.
Classical Netagin has a simple two-tone system: high and low on the stressed syllable. The distinction is in part inherited from Proto-Idavic accent and partly
no initial clusters, max cluster length 2
cluster consonants can be arbitrary as long as voice assimilated
Possible vowel final vowels: /ɪ, e, a, ea, oa, i, ɨ/ (cf TibH /ɔ, ɛ, e, o, i, u/)
Pretonic to propretonic: (Most commonly occuring type) a > a, e > y.
Tonic to pretonic: *a, *o > a; *e > e; *i > y
Other phonetic rules
y > i after C[+palatal]
Netagin has many sets of personal markers:
- Independent personal pronouns, serving as subject pronouns in independent clauses (corresponding to Lushootseed čəd-words)
- Emphatic personal pronouns: used for emphasis, and for calling someone with a 2nd person pronoun (corresponding to Lushootseed ʔaca-words)
- The "me too, you too, etc." forms
- Alienable prefixes
- Inalienable/preposition/conjunction suffixes
- Verb object affixes
- Verb subject suffixes
Nouns and adjectives
Netagin has 3 genders (masculine, feminine, neuter; neuter forms can also be used as gender neutral and nonbinary forms). The feminine gender evolved from the Proto-Idavic abstract/honorific gender. There are two forms that are traditionally called cases (nominative, genitive), but are not true cases. The genitive is used for the last noun of a genitive or prepositional phrase; the genitive thus functions more like an "end of noun phrase marker".
(Part of me wants construct state instead of case.)
Netagin case affixes are regular:
|lyt (m.) = man||ďašatle (f.) = sparrow||jůši (n.) = person|
The suffix -in (which is analogous to Semitic -i) is used on some nouns and adjectives:
Stem changes in the genitive and plural can get pretty bad
Comparison of adjectives
hotter than X = "exceed X hotly" (need adverb form)
The newest version of Netagin will be quite weird syntactically. For example, to say "bigger than X" you have to say "to exceed X bigly".
- "Qaj, laršip ne dáqer rysohe qacom." barces ně qama.
- /ʔaj lɐr'ʃip nɛ 'daʔɛr rɨso'ɦɛ ʔɐ'tsom bar'tsɛs nɛə ʔɐma/
- MIR me-exceed-he DET.M.SING son.SING big-ADV already speak-3SG.F DET.F mother.SING
- ("'Behold, the son exceeds me bigly already,' spoke the mother.")
- "Oh my, my boy is bigger than me already!" said the mother.
Ne-words, which are usually determiners, decline as follows:
The following are ne-words:
- ne (Lushootseed ti; roughly 'that-which'.)
- ve (Lushootseed kʷi)
- kyne 'this'
- kyve 'that'
- be (relativizer; roughly 'which VERBs' or 'which is a NOUN'. The head of a relative clause is only allowed to be its subject; verb voices are used to compensate for this.)
Like Hebrew and Arabic, Netagin derives verbs by inflecting a consonantal verb root according to a binyan. The subject is a purely syntactic concept. Different verbs have different theta-roles for the subject, whether agent, patient, experiencer, instrument, location, or recipient; this is determined lexically by the individual verb (though verb voice can promote non-subject arguments to subjects).
Purely form-wise (rather than semantically), the primary axes by which verbs differ are:
- Binyan: derives verbs from a consonantal root; encodes variables such as transitivity, volition, aspect and manner of action.
- Voice: intransitive~passive, active (only with transitive verbs) and applicative.
- Agreement: Person/number/gender of participants.
- Mood: Realis and irrealis. The irrealis is used for imperatives, wishes, purpose clauses, and possible future events.
Binyan and voice are realized with stem changes, and agreement inflection is realized by attaching affixes which change the stem in a regular manner. Notably, Netagin has no tense or aspect forms; aspect is more of a lexical feature, and tense is inferred through context.
- The nonfinite forms are:
- the transgressive: The transgressive is uninflected and does not take person markers; it refers to the syntactic subject in subject-less subordinate clauses.
- the verbal noun.
Netagin has 12 binyanim which encode various aspects or manners of action:
- Binyan 1 verbs are primarily basic iterative, imperfective or habitual actions, including stative verbs ("be cold") and some monotransitives. It is often considered the most basic form.
- For example, tegal means 'to know'
- Binyan 2 are primarily basic perfective verbs ("eat"), many unidirectional motion verbs, and perfectivizations of Binyan 1 verbs ("make happy").
- dalum = to go by vehicle (uni), as opposed to Binyan 7 dollam = to go by vehicle (multi).
- tagul means 'to get to know'
- Binyan 3 consists of verbs denote reflexive/reciprocal action ("get dressed", "kiss each other"), or change of state ("thicken"), or perfectives.
- Binyan 4 contains causatives of transitive verbs ("feed") (and of some Binyan 2 and Binyan 3 verbs), or a maintainance of state.
- Binyan 5 is roughly equivalent to the German prefix be- (applicative).
- Binyan 6 - telic, intensive, momentane or perfective
- Binyan 7 - atelic, iterative, many multidirectional motion verbs
- Binyan 8 - "X a little, almost X"
- Binyan 9 - "X in advance, X for oneself" (tends to be used for self-directed, intentional actions)
- Binyan 10 - frequentative, "-le"
- Binyan 11 verbs tend to express gradual processes.
- Ex. hadadex 'warm up (literally or romantically)'.
- Binyan 12 - "mis-X, over-X"
Here are the stems in the regular gizra (for other gzarot, see Netagin/Gzarot):
|Binyan||Intransitive (or passive)||Transitive (or active)||Applicative||Transgressive||Verbal noun|
The subject is marked after the verb using a suffix, or when there is already a suffix in the suffix slot, the independent pronoun. For example, 'I know you (m)' = dytgalxil but 'I know you (f)' = dytgăles tiel (Irish has something similar). The independent pronoun may be dropped if known from context, but a subject suffix must be used whenever one can be used.
|Subject affixes: maʔur 'walk (to somewhere)'||maʔurxil 'I walk'||maʔurxid||maʔurxis||maʔur||maʔuris||maʔurťů||maʔurťiem||maʔurni||maʔuro|
|Object affixes: tegal 'to know'||lytgal-0 's/he knows me'||dytgal-0||dytgăles||ytgal-0||sytgal-0||ťitgal-0||mytgal-0||dytgalo||sytgălo|
To "-0", a suffix can be inserted.
The -x- in intranstive suffixes is changed to -v- after k, g, x, h. For example, *qapluk-xil changes to qaplukvil 'I ate/will eat it'.
Irrealis forms always use a regularly determined variant of the transitive stem:
|Intransitives: maʔur 'walk (to somewhere)'||myʔur! 'walk thou (thither)!'||myʔures!||myʔuro!|
|Transitives: tegal 'to know (someone)'||tygal! 'know thou him!'||tygales!||tygalo!|
Netagin has only one true preposition: the generic oblique preposition my- /mɨ/. It has the following inflected forms: miel, mied, mydie, mi, mas, miť, mynib, myneď, mis.
Netagins has adverbs to indicate more specific meanings, where English uses prepositions:
- har = generic locative.
- Qalam-ši har my-tar·al? (be_at.3SG.M=Q LOC OBL-house-1SG) = 'Is it in my house?'
- across, beyond
- 1a23, 1e23, 1o23 = noun
- 1a2a3, 1a2o3 = adjective, noun?
- 1a22u3 = adjective relating to personal qualities
- da12u3 = noun
- ʔi12ů3 = agent noun
- 1a2a3, 1a2e3 = noun
- 1ů2a3 = noun
- 1i2a3, 1i2i3, 1i2u3 = noun
- 1a2a3e, 1a2i3e, 1a2u3e = nouns
- 1i22a3, 1u22a3
- 1a22e3 = desire for X
- -in = adjective suffix
- -ům = augmentative
- -ůn (f) = abstract noun, collective
- CaCiC: quality adjective
- CoCaC: resultative adjective
- CeCůC: event
- dyCCuC: event/place
- dyCCaC/dyCCeC: instrument
- vaCCieC/vaCCiC: profession
- diCCaCe/dyCCěCe: process
- vyCCuC: patient noun
- vyCCůC: resultative noun
- CyCCaCe: degree/measure
Netagin has focus-first or predicate-first word order, which is often realized as VSO order.
todo: when, before, after, while (relative tense)
- qi = and, also, so
- from qaj = indeed; yes, aye; mirative particle, like Hebrew הנה
- mat = or (both inclusive and exclusive or)
- ďem = or (can only be used for xor)
- ba = not
- bař = because (etym. not=EMPH 'is it not true that...'); lest
- bařdymiek, bařmiek = because (etym. not=EMPH 2SG.know)
- lynoj = although
- lynojačiř = although
- vyzěq = but
- daja = but
- qatie = if
- věn = that (complementizer)
- be (ne-word) = that (relativizer)
- myři = that, whom
These conjunctions are unstressed clitics that come in second position. They attach to the emphatic form of the pronoun if the subject is a pronoun.
- =de = waw-consecutive (used for each event in a narrative sequence of events; often implies past tense)
- =ča = or
- =qař = (poetic) for
- =hě = interrogative or "if"
These conjunctions may take pronominal inflections, taking the pronoun suffix for the subject.
Negation is simple: just add ba before the negated constituent. Ba also translates "no".
Yes-no questions are formed by changing the determiner ne of the syntactic subject (the thing being asked about) to ve. The particle qu may optionally be added to the beginning.
- Lečar ně qama. = Mother is at home.
- (Qu) lečar vě qama? = Is Mother at home?
Answering yes-no questions in the positive may use the word qaj 'indeed' or repeat the focused constituent.
- - (Qu) lečar vě qama? - Qaj/Lečar. = - Is Mother at home? - Yes.
Wh-questions are formed by putting the appropriate interrogative word at the beginning, and using the same determiner change.
Jos vě qama? = Where is Mother?
Jal vě miešsad(ie)? = What (lit. Who) is your name?
Translating "to be"
Netagin translates all five senses of English "be" with distinct constructions:
- "is-a" (membership in a class): Y ne X = "X is a Y"
- "is-the" (equality): rieh ne X ne Y "X is Y" (implies that both X and Y are definite)
- "there exists": qům ne X = "There exists X"
- "is + adjunct": had lečar ne X = "X is at home"
- "is + ADJ": with stative verbs
The h-possessive ("X has a Y") is formed with the existence construction, applied to the genitive phrase "X's Y". So to say "I have a book" one literally says "There is a book of mine":
Qům ne padudal. (exist DET.M book-1SG)
The b-possessive ("X belongs to Y" etc.): The noun gáqem lit. 'possession' can be used in a possessive construction:
Gáqemal na žiri. = The fruit is mine.
Alternatively, the possessive construction "X is Y's X[head noun in X]" can be used:
Žirjal na žiri. = The fruit is mine. (lit. The fruit is my fruit)
Netagin has two relativizers:
- be: a noun relativized with be can be either the subject or the direct object.
- myři unambiguously denotes a direct object (possibly after taking the applicative).
- ně vůlqe bě lyxžamis - the woman who loves me
- ně páles bě/myři sadmurxil - the cake that I made
Only subjects and direct objects can be relativized directly. Relativizing oblique objects requires using the applicative voice:
- ni rycům bi/myři qypymlakvil - the fork that I eat with
Possessors also use the applicative strategy. However, if the verb already has an object, the verb's object affix agrees with the original object, not the relativized noun.
- ně jove bě/myři qytymgalxil (*sytymgalxil) ne qeb
- DET girl REL appl-3SG.M-know.1SG DET father
- the girl whose father i know
Comparative objects cannot be relativized in any way, at least in prose Netagin:
- Comparing verbs: the man that he(i) gave more to the poor than = "The man whose giving to the poor he(i) exceeded/did_better" or "the man who gave less to the poor than him(i)"
- Comparing NPs: the team that we ate more apples than = "The team whose eating of the apple we exceeded"
- For comparison of adjectives, Netagin can express the only student I am taller than, for example, as "the only student shorter than me", or "the only student whose tallness I exceed", using one of the above constructions.
- For comparison of adverbs, again the auxiliary verb corresponding to the adverb is used with either the transgressive or the verbal noun of the lexical verb. The auxiliary can take applicatives and direct objects: the only student I can jump higher than = "the only student REL him-APPL-do_better-1SG jump.TRGR" (pseudogloss)
The pyšme věn "such that" + resumptive pronoun construction is always available in post-classical literary Netagin (Modern Netagin vernaculars use resumptive pronouns for less "relativizable" positions in the relativization hierarchy). Gap and internally headed relative clauses are restricted to poetry.
Balanced complement clauses: nar/var + CLAUSE
Dymiek nar dyktiexil = You know that I love you; (Qu) dymiek var dyktiexil? = Do you know that I love you?
Deranked complement clauses: na/va + poss(subj)-VN + subject + my + secondary argument
Dymiek na lykotjie mied = You know that I love you
'So that' can be expressed with qi 'and' + irrealis verb (Biblical Hebrew has a similar clause structure).
For example, the Latin phrase Quaerendo invenietis 'Seek and ye shall find' can be translated using the transgressive:
- Hydůp qavvylono.
- seek/TRGR 3SG.N-IRR/find-2PL
- Look for it and find it. (More literally: [By] seeking, you will find it. or [By] seeking, find it.)
- Hydůp qyvvelon tim.
- seek/TRGR 3SG.N-REAL/find 2PL
- "Seek and ye shall [surely] find." (This indicates a much higher-than-normal degree of certainty that "ye shall find".)
A regular independent clause is of the form
[focus] [other constituents].
A topicalized clause is of the form
[regular clause referring to the topic] [topic].
Sometimes the particle miek (from dymiek 'you know') may be used in second position for extra emphasis.
Verbs of motion
Netagin does not have exact equivalents for the English verbs "go", "carry", or "bring". Netagin motion verbs vary along two dimensions: one dimension is the method or direction of transport and one dimension is the telicity of the verb. Unidirectional, or telic, motion verbs express one-time motion towards a destination. Multidirectional, or atelic, verbs express undirected motion, repeated directed motion, or back-and-forth motion. The directionality is usually expressed by binyan change, but is sometimes expressed through suppletion.
|Meaning||Unidirectional verb||Multidirectional verb|
|to go by foot, to walk||mur (Binyan 2)||voččal (Binyan 7)|
|to go with a land vehicle||dalum (Binyan 2)||dollam (Binyan 7)|
|to ride, to mount (trans.)||qapcě (Binyan 4)||pecě (Binyan 1)|
|to go in||xapun (Binyan 2)||xoppan (Binyan 7)|
|to go out||paduš (Binyan 2)||poddaš (Binyan 7)|
|to rise (of heavenly bodies and other inanimate beings)
to take off (of flying creatures or vehicles)
|ganě (Binyan 2)||gonně (Binyan 7)|
|to set (of heavenly bodies)
to fall (of precipitation)
|šabud (Binyan 2)||šobbad (Binyan 7)|
|to run||qagiž (Binyan 4)||govvaž (Binyan 7)|
|to swim||nařub (Binyan 2)||neřab (Binyan 1)|
|to fly||kall (Binyan 2)||kollal (Binyan 7)|
|to float on water
to go with a small boat, to row
|qivvahař (Binyan 6)||qyvahiř (Binyan 4)|
|to flow (of a fluid or current)||beral (Binyan 1)||borral (Binyan 7)|
|to roll||mall (Binyan 2)||mollal (Binyan 7)|
|to climb||ďexuč (Binyan 2)||qyďxič (Binyan 3)|
|to jump||bacc (Binyan 2)||boccac (Binyan 7)|
|to crawl||zarzur (Binyan 2Q)||zorzar (Binyan 7)|
|to fall (of animates)
to go down (of inanimates)
|namě (Binyan 2)||nommě (Binyan 7)|
|to dive, go into water||sadě (Binyan 2)||soddě (Binyan 7)|
|to carry, bring (on foot)||pasun (Binyan 2)||qypasin (Binyan 4)|
|to carry, bring (using a vehicle) (trans.)||qiddalam (Binyan 6)||qydalim (Binyan 5)|
|to carry, bring in||qixxapin (Binyan 6)||qyxapin (Binyan 5)|
|to carry, bring out||qippadaš (Binyan 6)||qypadiš (Binyan 5)|
|to pull, drag (trans.)||kačun (Binyan 2)||qykačin (Binyan 4)|
|to drive (an animal or a vehicle), lead||paťur (Binyan 2)||poťťar (Binyan 7)|
Verbs for "to wear"
Poetic Netagin is a separate register from prose Netagin, and has the following characteristics:
- Vowel reductions that don't occur in prose Netagin may be used for metrical purposes. (think "ne3im shimkhem")
- Determiners omitted
- constituent order freer
A vegan anthem
A piyyut in hazaj meter
- Be dyštavno zǎhům-medho,
- REL.SBJ 2-fight_for-PL justice(CONST?)-feeling/soul/sentient-GEN
- Ye who contend for sentient-justice,
Shakhar Avakeshkha meter