LotM - Jun 15: Faljüdax
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Happy June! Faljüdax is spoken by a bunch of humanoid reptiles from another planet, and recently, CWSP too. With an inviting phonology and extreme noun-heading morphology, Faljüdax is alien and homewordly.
This public article was written by Admin Sheep, and last updated on 24 Jun 2015, 01:13.
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The brain child of Marris Ues, Faljüdax (known natively as Pyayk Faljüdax) is an a priori language spoken by a horde of space-faring reptilian aliens. Initially an attempt to Finnicize (make Finnish? Fennosize? hmmm...) an existing language ( Unknown [MXR]), Faljüdax has taken hold as its own entity as the most widely-spoken language of the Fals' homeworld.
Despite being spoken by a bunch of space lizards, Faljüdax has a familiar quality to its phonology that makes completely pronounceable by humans. The usual repertoire of stops makes their appearance /p t k b d g/, plus a buddy from the uvular side of the tongue /q/. /θ/ and /ʝ/ round out the fricatives as less-common phones. Neither of these has a respective voiced/voiceless counterpart. Interestingly, /ʋ/ and /v/ are distinguished (unfortunately for me, since I can't pronounce [ʋ]).
The vowels are a bit odder, at least in respect to gaps in the system. All vowels come in long-short pairs (except for /e/ and /a/), giving us: /y(:) u(:) ɪ(:) e o(:) ɛ(:) ɔ(:) a ɑ(:)/. I find it rather interesting that there is no /i/ but there is /ɪ/, including a length distinction.
Also worth mention is that the letter <j> doesn't represent just /j/, but [je].
Faljüdax has fun with morphology. As opposed to declension in nouns, it employs a slew of postpositions that convey both semantic and grammatical functions. (check them all out here). Faljüdax is exceptionally right-branching when it comes to nominal morphology: there are postpositions, plus nouns are followed by genitive constructions, adjectives, determiners, numerals, etc. Marris was kind enough to provide the following as an example of its right-branching-ness:
Seitemot siy kefsir taalurim. girl-three that lonely quite-3PLUnknown code Those three girls are quite lonely.
In this example we can also see that adjectives agree in number and person.
Verbs are also interesting - there are four tenses: past, present, future, and immediate future (yet no immediate past!), and most fun of all, have polypersonal agreement! Verbs also conjugate for plenty of moods, such as necessitative and debitive (exotic!).
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