The main language of Cappadocia, and therefore the chief language of the Asiatican Federation and the entire Mariner Federation in all systems. Named for the ancient capitol of Cappadocia, Shutyilzhœkel, "the mouth of the mountain." The word shutyilzh, "mouth," developed into the same word for "language."   Shutyilzh is the oldest recorded language in continuous use in the Asiatica System, predated by two languages that are no longer in use, once of which was a strictly oral language.
...and he stood holding his hat and turned his wet face to the wind...
œd vil œbz iks elk iks œd ubshiks iks vüz vœlves ʻupsh welk[
Pronunciation: /œd vil œbz iks elk iks œd ˈubʃiks iks vʌz ˈvœlves ʔupʃ welk/
Shutyilzh word order: and stood holding hat his he and turned his face wet to the wind

Spelling & Phonology

Consonant inventory: b d f j k l m p r s t v w z ɣ ʃ ʒ ʔ
Stopp bt dkʔ
Fricativef vs zʃ ʒɣ
Lateral approximantl
Co-articulated phonemes
Vowel inventory: a e i o u œ ʌ

Syllable structure: (C)V(C)(C)

Stress pattern: Initial — stress is on the first syllable

Word initial consonants: b f j l p r s t v w z ʃ ʒ ʔ

Mid-word consonants: b br bt bw bʃ d df dl dm dr dt dʒ f fk fl fm ft j jl jm jr js jv jz jʔ k kb kj kl kt kv kw kʃ l lb ld lj lk ll lm lr lv lɣ lʃ lʔ m md mf mj mk ml mm mr mv mw mʒ p pj pm pr ps pv r rb rf rl rt rɣ rʃ rʒ s sb sd sk sp sv sz t td tf tj tk tp tw tʔ v vd w wd wk wp ws wʃ z zb zv zw zz ɣ ɣj ɣm ʃ ʃb ʃj ʃk ʃm ʃv ʃɣ ʒ ʒb ʒd ʒj ʔ

Word final consonants: b bz d dv f jk jl js jʃ k ks kʃ l lb ld lk ll ls lt lz lʒ m mz p pʃ r rm rr rs rt s tʃ v w z ɣ ʃ ʒ

Spelling rules:


Main word order: Verb Object (Prepositional phrase) Subject. “Mary opened the door with a key” turns into Opened the door with a key Mary.

Adjective order: Adjectives are positioned after the noun.

Adposition: prepositions


Nouns have two cases:
  • Nominative is the doer of a verb: dog bites man.
  • Accusative is the done-to of a verb: man bites dog.


Masculine Feminine

No affix

shüzh /ʃʌʒ/

man (when doing the verb)

No affix


woman (when doing the verb)


If starts with vowel: Prefix ʒ-

Else: Prefix ʒʌ-

zhüshüzh /ˈʒʌʃʌʒ/

men (when doing the verb)

Prefix ʌ-

üzœ /ˈʌzœ/

women (when doing the verb)


Masculine Feminine

If starts with vowel: Prefix ʃ-

Else: Prefix ʃo-

shoshüzh /ˈʃoʃʌʒ/

(verb done to) man

If starts with vowel: Prefix p-

Else: Prefix pʌ-

püzœ /ˈpʌzœ/

(verb done to) woman


If starts with vowel: Prefix w-

Else: Prefix wo-

woshüzh /ˈwoʃʌʒ/

(verb done to) men

If starts with vowel: Prefix ʒ-

Else: Prefix ʒo-

zhozœ /ˈʒozœ/

(verb done to) women



urt /urt/



ayk /ajk/

a, some

Uses of definite article that differ from English:
  • Used to talk about countable nouns in general: English’s ‘I like cats’ would translate to ‘I like the cats’
  • Used for languages: ‘The English’


Nominative Accusative
1st singular

püyk /pʌjk/


œsh /œʃ/


2nd singular

pub /pub/


i /i/


3rd singular masc

iks /iks/

he, it

ub /ub/

him, it

3rd singular fem

palz /palz/

she, it

alz /alz/

her, it

1st plural

fadv /fadv/


rœks /rœks/


2nd plural

wüv /wʌv/

you all

burt /burt/

you all

3rd plural masc

u /u/

they (masc)

ʻoys /ʔojs/

them (masc)

3rd plural fem

vals /vals/

they (fem)

süm /sʌm/

them (fem)

Possessive Determiners

1st singular

püyk /pʌjk/


2nd singular

pub /pub/


3rd singular masc

iks /iks/


3rd singular fem

palz /palz/


1st plural

fadv /fadv/


2nd plural

wüv /wʌv/

your (pl)

3rd plural masc

u /u/

their (masc)

3rd plural fem

vals /vals/

their (fem)



Future If starts with vowel: Prefix p-

Else: Prefix pʌ-

püpœ /ˈpʌpœ/

will learn

  Shutyilzh uses a standalone particle word for past tense:

Past Particle before the verb: œjs -

œys pœ /œjs pœ/


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). Shutyilzh uses an affix for imperfective:

Imperfective Prefix œ-

œpœ /ˈœpœ/

learns/is learning

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. Shutyilzh uses an affix for the perfect aspect:

Perfect If starts with vowel: Prefix b-

Else: Prefix be-

bepœ /ˈbepœ/

have learned


Shutyilzh has a base-10 number system:

1 - tul

2 - shü

3 - tük

4 - vu

5 - o

6 - weyl

7 - rüdzhu

8 - pis

9 - fi

10 - zurfad

11 - tul œd zurfad “one and ten”

100 - tul ip “one hundred”

101 - tul ip tul “one hundred one”

200 - shü ip

1000 - tul œld “one thousand”

Derivational Morphology

Adjective → adverb = Prefix ʌ-

Adjective → noun (the quality of being [adj]) = If starts with vowel: Prefix s-

Else: Prefix sœ-

Adjective → verb (to make something [adj]) = If starts with vowel: Prefix l-

Else: Prefix lo-

Noun → adjective (having the quality of [noun]) = Prefix pœ-

Noun → adjective relating to noun (e.g. economy → economic) = If starts with vowel: Prefix f-

Else: Prefix fo-

Noun to verb = Prefix œ-

Verb → adjective (result of doing [verb]) = If starts with vowel: Prefix ʒ-

Else: Prefix ʒœ-

Tending to = If starts with vowel: Prefix p-

Else: Prefix pa-

Verb → noun (the act of [verb]) = If starts with vowel: Prefix ʔ-

Else: Prefix ʔa-

Verb → noun that verb produces (e.g. know → knowledge) = If starts with vowel: Prefix s-

Else: Prefix si-

One who [verb]s (e.g. paint → painter) = Prefix œ-

Place of (e.g. wine → winery) = Prefix ʒe-

Diminutive = Prefix fʌ-

Augmentative = If starts with vowel: Prefix z-

Else: Prefix zʌ-


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