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Avariel

Avariel

Speech of the Winged Elves

This language was inspired by the Winged Elves from D&D fame. I was thinking of creating a Elvish language that was unlike any of Tolkiens. I wanted an airy sound to it thats why vowels and diphthongs are used quite a bit. I also wanted a somewhat simple grammar. The dual tonal aspect came about because I wanted it to have a sung quality to it.

The avariel, or winged elves, is a rare race of reclusive elves that dwells high in the mountains away from other civilizations. They appear even more delicate than their landbound brethren, their facial features even more chiseled and angular. The characteristic of the avariel that is most stunning, however, is their beautiful, soft wings. Although these wings are generally white, avariel have been seen with wings whose colors range to black. The wings are their pride and joy, and an avariel who has lost his wings is intensely pitied by the other avariel. Since elves do not generally accept the pity of others, a wingless avariel often leaves the community to find a life elsewhere.

Avariel eyes tend to be a little larger than most elves', although they are the same color that most grey and high elves possess. Their hair is most often white or black, but there have been numerous exceptions. The avariel have a tendency to adopt a far-off look in their eyes when their immediate attention is not required. They are very much at home in the outdoors, and they appear out of place indoors or underground.

Avariel clothing is most reminiscent of togas, for other types of clothing often snag on their wings. Togas and their like wrap easily around the avariel's body and wings

* PHONOLOGY *

Consonants:

dVoiced dental or alveolar  
tVoiceless retroflex stop  
kVoiceless velar stop  
fVoiceless labiodental fricative  
vVoiced labiodental fricative  
sVoiceless alveolar fricative (hisser)  
zVoiced alveolar fricative (hisser)  
lDental or alveolar non-fricative lateral  
rAlveolar trill  
nDental or alveolar nasal  
mBilabial nasal  
hVoiceless glottal fricative  

Vowels:

a Unrounded open front as in father
i Unrounded close front as in seem
y Unrounded close central as in it
e Unrounded half-close front as in ace

Diphthongs:
The diphthongs are treated like full vowels.
ae, ia, ya, ae, ie

* PHONOTAX *

VC
CV
VCV
CVC

*MORPHOLOGY*

Avariel is a dual tonal isolating language.
The basic order is Topic-Comment or SVO

* THE NOUN *

Nouns are words that represent things: inanimate objects, living things, or concepts. All nouns are given in the singular form, and plural forms of those nouns are produced by adding an -'aes

Nouns are not marked for case. The rigid syntax signifies which nouns is what.

I am dead.

Ade nyk ___

English: You went inside the house.

Avariel: Alya dral fim'le de.

Literal Trans.: You go home(inside) (Past Complete)

* PRONOUNS *

 
Singluar
Plural
1 ade I/me   ade'aes We/us
2 alya You   alya'aes You
3 aza He/She   aza'aes Them
           

*RELATIVE PRONOUNS*

Relative pronouns introduce a clause that describes a noun. Avariel has two; 'asae' used to refer to living things, and 'alae' used for non-living objects.

English : The man who has the helmet is running

Literal Trans.:

English : The shop that has the book is open.

Literal Trans.:

*MODIFIERS*

With a few exceptions, the modifier precedes the modified. An adverb
always precedes the stative verb that is modifies. Sometimes two or
more adverbs occur in sequence. In this case the first modifies the
second, the second modifies the third etc. MA-Movable adverbs occur
before or after the topic of the sentence, with no discernible
difference in meaning.

The [1] and [2] indicate multiple meanings that are inferred from the
text or the tone of the speaker.

[1] being a high tone
[2] being a low tone

Item without a tone marker are in a middle neutral tone

*LEXICON*

kas

 woman

ziek

 [1] child; [2] seed, egg

aenia

 [1]grow, cultivate, plant; [2]care, concern, to look after

ade

 I, me

aza

 he, she

alya

 you(sing)

nyk

 [1] be, mean, be true that;

vem

 [2]ask; ask about

dral

 go; go to

fim

 [1] home, family;

ledyl

 inside

-'le

 inside - localizer

dyl

 nominal suffix????

bryk

 play, have fun, have a good time, play with

mym

 [1] speak, say, talk about [2]explain, explicate

bris

 because

fet

 therefore, so

hivra

 for what reason, why

ra

 what?, any, anything

enya

 [1] reply, answer [2] think

bras

 do

anie

 this (as topic only)

mia

 that

mia'tys

 that - specific person or object

-'tys

 single person or object

aefie

 stop, cease, dismiss, suspend, quit, finish

avya

 start, begin

hys

 help, assist

ale

 time

tiek

 [1] harass, bother, annoy, disturb, agitate [2] worry, feel concerned

eza

 [1]have [2] there is

miel

 negative for 'have' mieleza -not have, there is not

fae

 [1]spirit, god, deity [2] smart, clever, intelligent

braed

 in this way; to this degree, so, such

draed

 in that way, to that degree, so, such

hin

 the present, now

vez

 must, have to, ought to, should

de

 sentence particle indicating a completed action in the past

va

 sentence particle indicating a question.

nya air, wind, sky, heaven

en'-

 negator