Assi Language

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Pronunciation

"C" is always hard. 
"G" is hard and never pronounced like "J".
-If paired with an "A" or "E" the "G" is soft and guttural. 
"I"s are always short when they end a word. 
-An "I" preceded by a vowel always has a soft sound; "ai = ah, oi = oh, etc.". 
-This also occurs if "I" and another vowel are paired together anywhere else in a word. 
-However an "I" by itself in the middle of a word is almost always short. 
-Other rules regarding apply normally to a solitary "I" 
-"S" can also be used so soften the sound of an "I" at the end of a word (Assi sounds like AS-sah). In this respect S behaves like a vowel when paired with "I". 
-An "I" preceded by two vowels in succession has a long sound (Seai sounds like (SEE-aye). 

Vowels repeated in proper nouns and names are always short (Uranadatai sounds like UR-ah-nah-dah-TH-ah). 
Vowels repeated in all other words are only short if the same vowel is repeated more than once or preceded by an "E" (In seai, for example, the E has the long sound and the A has the short sound). 
"T" has a TH sound when followed by a vowel (Torai sounds like TH-or-ah). 
"TH" is always soft and quick, sounding more like a straight "T" (Thorvasi sounds like T-or-VAH-sah) unless it is followed by a vowel. 
The first syllable in a word is always stressed.
 If the word has four or more syllables then the second to last syllable is also stressed if, and only if, the word ends with an "I". 
An "E" at the end of a word is always silent. 

Verb Structure

Assi verb structure appears to be unique, but bears a mild similarity to Arangothek.

The verb for Being (to be, etc.) is Cai.

Present tense of the copula

Pronoun Conjugated form of "cai", "to be"
I (1ps) csi (self or action) cui (state of being)
You (2ps) cai
He/She/It (3ps.m/f/n) cath
They (3pp) cai

Future tense of the copula

Pronoun Conjugated form of "cai", "to be"
I (1ps), You (2ps), He/She/It (3ps.m/f/n) cami
They (3pp) caemi

Past tense of the copula

The original notes listed these as being equivalent to "____ has been done" or "has been done". I list it here as the past tense, as it's the only one we've got. -bornfor

Pronoun Conjugated form of "cai", "to be"
I (1ps), You (2ps), He/She/It (3ps.m/f/n) corsi
They (3pp) coresmai

Verb Suffixes and notes on similarity to Arangothek

In addition to the nine forms of Cai, different suffixes can be added. These suffixes are, in fact, the verbs themselves. It is a structure quite similar to the participle in Arangothian, however these verb suffixes becomes part of the word. Where in Arangothian the two parts of the verb remain separate.

Affix Meaning in English Example usage
-ti to give Caiti, you give.
-tui to take Csitui, I take.
-gahi to watch
-msei to act, to act on
-vasi to fight Caemivasi, They will fight.
-mormi to die Coresmaimormi, They have died.

Forming Infinitives in Assi

The infinitive is formed by attaching an A, E, or I to the suffix, depending on the word. For example: -ti would be Ati, -mormi would be Amormi, -gahi would be Agahi, etc. The general rule is this; a verb ending with an "I" adds an "A", a verb ending in any other vowel besides "I" or with an "S" gets an "E", and a verb ending in any other consonant gets an "I".

Writing the Assi language

It should be noted that Assi itself is not considered a written language. Most rules regarding the written use of Assi grammar have only came about in the last two to three hundred years. The traditional written language of the Assi consists of an archaic language consisting of pictographs and the like. Often times when Assi words are written they are spelled phonetically.

When Assi IS written, often times the prefix and suffix will be separated by a '. So one would write Cai'ti instead of Caiti.

Other Suffixes

-ith = the

-si = Plural, often separated from the word by a '.

-gahi = Diminutive, not to be confused with the verb Agahi.

-ci/-cti = -ness/-hood, rarely used to form abstract nouns. Only used in archaic forms of address or in formal address, often separated from the word by a '.

-te/-ta = Respectful form of address, equivalent to Mr. or Mrs. Separated from the name by a '.

-ais = forms a noun from an adjective.

Pronouns

Pronoun Assi base Pronoun Assi Posessive form Example usage
I (1ps) ain amai Amai dtai, My sword.
We, (1pp) ein amil Amil dtai
You, (2ps) dah aei Aei dtai, Your sword. You, (2pp) diani aein Aein dtai, Your(pl.) sword.
He/She/It (3ps.m/f/n) dahn andah Andah dtai, His/Her/Its sword. They (3pp) miten amoind Amoind dtai, Their sword.

Demonstratives in Assi

Demonstrative Assi demonstrative
This moi
That mai
These mesi
Those meai

Numbers:

English Assi
One nai
Two dai
Three setai
Four cemi
Five gahmi
Six temi
Seven dcri
Eight con
Nine laitum
Ten tai

Prepositions

| align="center" style="background:#f0f0f0;"|Prepositon | align="center" style="background:#f0f0f0;"|Assi | align="center" style="background:#f0f0f0;"|Example |- | to||te || |- | of, informal||doi|| |- | of,semi-formal ||doisi||(doisi'Cyasmai = Son/Daughter of Cyasmai) |- | of, formal||daei || (daei'Cyasmai = Of the blood of Cyasmai) |- | together with ||an|| |- | from ||ansai|| |- | apart from, excluded from, an exception to ||esai|| |- | by/at ||ten|| |- | over ||efah|| |- | under ||meiti|| |- | for, on behalf of ||de|| |- | through ||caite|| |- | across ||camaite|| |- | in ||n|| |- | upon ||nasi|| |- | without.||enai|| |- | |}

Assi-English Vocabulary

| align="center" style="background:#f0f0f0;"|Assi | align="center" style="background:#f0f0f0;"|English |- | ati || give |- | atui || take |- | agahi || watch |- | amsei || to act, to act on |- | avasi || fight |- | amormi || die |- | aeitesi || run |- | agai || go |- | anei || stop |- | agahai || hunt |- | aith || wolf, usually in reference to the wolf-spirit |- | aite || tree |- | boishai || cow, boishai'si cattle |- | ceesai || a celebration, usually religious in nature |- | cesi || comb |- | Ceicoi || warrior of high rank, a lord but not tribal royalty |- | Caicon || male war leader, Chieftain |- | coite || man (coite'gahi |- | daite || dragon |- | daithsi || easy |- | daicei || dagger |- | dtai || sword |- | dteai || carpet |- | dgai || soup |- | degrai || music |- | Eluvrei || female war leader, Chieftess |- | eith || hawk, usually in refrence to the hawk-spirit |- | emeiste || come |- | egaite || walk |- | eingaite || enter |- | enegaite || exit |- | fainaihai || beer |- | falvsi || iron |- | gaegai || cloak |- | gaesi || nail, spike |- | gahmai || fire |- | haithsi || wood |- | hui || red |- | ineith || fly |- | imeirith || break, wound, or damage |- | ltesi || excellent |- | moinafte || price |- | nsicei || beautiful |- | oith || newt(usually in reference to the newt-spirit), salamander, frog, or lizard. |- | saihalt || clothing, usually made from wool |- | sainoi || bread |- | saith || horse, usually in refrence to the horse-spirit |- | uith || bird or reference to the sparrow or song-bird spirit |- | uimte || stone, earth, or soil |- | |}

Common/Useful Phrases

Lteai bahnai te'dah - Good day to you.

Lteai bahnai te'te - Good day to you, sir.

Cacei cai doi? - Where are you from? (literally, "where are you of?").

Csi doi... - I am from... (used when describing one's nationality or place of birth).

Cui doi... - I am from... (used when describing places where one has just came from or where one has just been).

Saite aei sainte? - What it your name?

Amai sainte... - My name is...

Cacei cath... - Where is... ?

Ltesi te'aie gaith'si./Moinafte bahnai'si te'dah. - Goodbye (May your paths be excellent/Beautiful days to you).