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Standardized Expressive Note

It's basically a meme language, used only when you want to add a layer of mystery to something you're saying. I guess it sounds nice though, so maybe its cult following isn't totally unwarranted.  
- EtyunesEtude, member of a linguistics forum on the NexusNet
Standardized Expressive Note was an anonymous party's attempt at creating a language that could be used anywhere. It has developed a wide following, if not a particularly prominent one. People across the Akatasphere have taken it up for all manner of personal reasons, and it often shows up in artistic works like novels and music. It receives a bit of ridicule for being similar to Etyuna's Metaspeech from time to time, which may be part of its lack of outward popularity.   The language works in Subject-Object-Verb order, mimicking languages that put the "beings" of a sentence close together. Since it's intended as a regular language and isn't processed through any systems (yet), it's rather straightforward and without quirks. The grammar is mostly a matter of keeping track of particles before words.

Prominent Works and Uses

Currently being collected!   Up and coming idol group Resonant Feather uses this language prominently in their song lyrics.   There has been discussion of allowing SEN to be pre-programmed into Cosmocores along with their usual Core Template Note language, but no conclusive strides have been made.

Basic Structure

  Source: a passing linguist's attempts to collect languages in a specific format.  
...and he stood holding his hat and turned his wet face to the wind...
nal hi zol kagol zo unu nal pegin lol zol kire yozedin nebu
Pronunciation: /nal hi zol ˈkaɡol zo ˈunu nal ˈpeɡin lol zol ˈkire joˈzedin ˈmebu/
SEN word order: and he his hat holding stood and the wind to his wet face turned

Spelling & Phonology

  Consonant inventory: /b d h j k l m n p r s t w z ɡ/
↓Manner/Place→ Bilabial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Nasal m n
Stop p b t d k ɡ
Fricative s z h
Approximant j
Trill r
Lateral approximant l
Co-articulated phonemes
↓Manner/Place→ Labial-velar
Approximant w
Vowel inventory: /a e i o u/
Front Back
High i u
High-mid e o
Low a
Syllable structure: Custom defined Stress pattern: Penultimate — stress is on the second last syllable Word initial consonants: b, d, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, r, s, t, w, z, ɡ Mid-word consonants: b, d, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, r, s, t, w, z, ɡ Word final consonants: l, n   Phonological changes (in order of application):  
  • t → ʧ / _{i,ı̃}
  • e → ∅ / {l,n,r,s,k}_#
  • P → p / l_
  • t → ʃ / _E
  • n → ɲ / i_{o,a}
  • h → ∅ / _{V,w,j}
  • s → f / h_r
  • j → ɣ / _E
  • p → b / V_V
  • u → ∅ / _a
  Spelling rules:
Pronunciation Spelling
ɡ g
ŋ n
m n
j y
 

Grammar

  Main word order: Subject (Prepositional phrase) Object Verb. "Mary opened the door with a key" turns into Mary with a key the door opened. Adjective order: Adjectives are positioned before the noun. Adposition: postpositions  

Nouns

  Nouns have three cases:  
  • Nominative is the doer of a verb: dog bites man.
  • Accusative is the done-to of a verb: man bites dog.
  • Genitive is the possessor of something: dog’s tail hits man.
  Nouns form plural with separate plural word:
Plural Particle before the noun: pu - pu punu /pu ˈpunu/ doɡs
Nominative No affix punu /ˈpunu/ doɡ (doinɡ the verb)
Accusative Suffix -e punue /puˈnue/ (verb done to) doɡ
Genitive If ends with vowel: Suffix -n Else: Suffix -an punun /ˈpunun/ doɡʼs
 

Articles

Definite Indefinite
Singular zen /zen/ the zo /zo/ a
Plural da /da/ the bal /bal/ some
 

Pronouns

Nominative Accusative Genitive
1st singular rol /rol/ I he /he/ me ze /ze/ mine
2nd singular an /an/ you (masc) pu /pu/ you yu /ju/ yours
3rd singular hi /hi/ he, she, it u /u/ him, her, it sen /sen/ his, hers, its
1st plural kan /kan/ we tan /tan/ us gu /ɡu/ ours
2nd plural nu /mu/ you all ku /ku/ you all pel /pel/ yours (pl)
3rd plural a /a/ they se /se/ them nun /mun/ theirs
 

Possessive determiners

1st singular hon /hon/ my
2nd singular ku /ku/ your
3rd singular zol /zol/ his, her, its
1st plural son /son/ our
2nd plural yo /jo/ your (pl)
3rd plural nan /nan/ their
 

Verbs

  SEN uses a standalone particle word for past tense:
Past Particle before the verb: wol - wol daneka /wol daˈmeka/ learned
SEN uses a standalone particle word for future tense:
Future Particle before the verb: ta - ta daneka /ta daˈmeka/ will learn
Imperfective aspect   The ‘imperfective’ aspect refers to ongoing actions, such as I am learning and habitual actions, such as I learn (something new every day).   SEN uses a standalone particle word for imperfective:
Imperfective Particle before the verb: da - da daneka /da daˈmeka/ learns/is learninɡ
Perfect aspect   The perfect aspect in English is exemplified in ‘I have read this book’, which expresses an event that took place before the time spoken but which has an effect on or is in some way still relevant to the present.   SEN uses the word for ‘finish’ hoyedan for the perfect aspect.  

Numbers

  SEN has a base-10 number system:   1 - rin 2 - u 3 - won 4 - ba 5 - woni 6 - le 7 - sen 8 - bil 9 - dal 10 - lon 11 - lon nal rin “ten and one” 100 - tupa “hundred” 101 - tupa nal rin “hundred and one” 200 - u tupa 1000 - zetu “thousand”  

Derivational morphology

  Adjective → adverb = Suffix -e Adjective → noun (the quality of being [adj]) = Suffix -u Adjective → verb (to make something [adj]) = If ends with vowel: Suffix -l Else: Suffix -ul Noun → adjective (having the quality of [noun]) = If ends with vowel: Suffix -l Else: Suffix -ul Noun → adjective relating to noun (e.g. economy → economic) = If ends with vowel: Suffix -n Else: Suffix -in Noun to verb = If ends with vowel: Suffix -n Else: Suffix -an Verb → adjective (result of doing [verb]) = Suffix -e Tending to = Suffix -ul Verb → noun (the act of [verb]) = Suffix -an Verb → noun that verb produces (e.g. know → knowledge) = Suffix -a One who [verb]s (e.g. paint → painter) = If ends with vowel: Suffix -n Else: Suffix -en Place of (e.g. wine → winery) = Suffix -u Diminutive = Suffix -e Augmentative = If ends with vowel: Suffix -l Else: Suffix -ul

Dictionary

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7 Dec, 2020 23:21

I love the concept of this language. :D

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