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Foyiitùn ([fɔɪ:itun])

OOC: (April 2022) Words beginning with A through K have now been added to the dictionary. I still have a long ways to go, though. Not having a background in linguistics or history of language development has made this exercise really challenging. I do speak French and understand bits of German and Spanish, so I have a level of understanding of how different languages are constructed.   Over time, I will fill out more information here and, of course, add the remaining words to the dictionary here.
Foyiitùn is the Language of the of the Foyii / Woodsmen of the The Forest of Doon. It's name is derived from Foy meaning "leaf" and tùn meaning "language". So Foyiitùn simply means "the language of the leaf-people".   For more on these people see: Foyii / Woodsmen:  

Function Over Form

The most important thing you need to know about Foyiitùn is that it is a descriptive language. People, places, features and even situations are described either by appearance or by nature.   e.g.
  • Lenerjé translates as "laugh" but literally means "happy sound"
    from herjé meaning "Happy" and a prefix (but can be suffix) of len.

  • Pekìnàblàn translates as "frost" but literally means "small snow"
    from pekìné meaning "small" and blàn meaning "snow" or "white" in this context.
  This means, so long as you understand some words, you are likely to be able to communicate in Foyiitùn. What matters is that you communicate meaning, rather than being strict on structure - a function over form language. That said, there are rules, guidelines and pronunciation nuances that will enrich your understanding and the sound of the language as you speak it.   It was never a strict language, as the priority of the Woodsmen was protecting their wood and their way of life in the most-relaxed way possible while respecting each other and the world around them. They rarely had a need to write their language down, which has led to modifications over time, usually by people not from the Forest of Doon.  

Synonyms and Alternatives

Due to function over form, Common Tongue words may have more than one Foyiitùn translation.   E.g. "to remember" is both sivràsz and unpélorsz (which means to "unforget" or to "unlose").  

Word Components and Compiled Words

Word Components and Compiled Words are two terms created to describe an important foundation for the Foyiitùn language.  

What is a Word Component?

By “Word Component” I mean
a whole word, or a part of one, joined to another, or multiple others, in order to create a new word.
  For example Bevérohii has three Word Components:
  1. Be, meaning ‘Place’
  2. Ver, meaning ‘Green’
  3. Hohii, meaning ‘hills’
 

What is a Compiled Word?

A compiled word is the definition of Word Component reversed:
...a word, created from the joining of two or more Word Components.
 

Archaic Foyiitùn

The Archaic form of Foyiitùn dates back centuries before the First Destruction. While the modern form is smooth and easy to both speak and listen to, the archaic form featured consecutive consonants that would now be deemed "incompatible". For example:   fw, kw, vw, tj, cd   While there are remnants in modern Foyiitùn, the main situation you are likely to find the archaic form are in people's names, where tradition over naming conventions have changed little within the same family. e.g. Ki-E-Vwa whose name would be Ki-E-Vya (Kee-eh-veyah).  

To Find Out More

I will gradually migrate my grammar rules and conjugation/tense information over time. For now, you can find the grammar guide right here
Dictionary Link I intend to bring this into WorldAnvil, but I currently have my dictionary in table format, so need to make a spreadsheet of it first. So, I'm going to prioritise other articles/lore first.    

Syntax

Plural Nouns

Most nouns were denoted in the plural by ths suffix ii. There were exceptions to this rule - erdàn (lands) being one of them.    

Phonetics

Intonation and Accentuation

While some words already possess accents denoting a change in the letter's pronunciation, the written form also had to take Foyiitùn's "lilt" into account.   This intonation meant that roughly every other syllable in a word was lengthened. Let's take a simple place name as an example: Usàs Nakàsz. This is made up of two components:
  • Usàs: we are
  • Nakasz: to not hide
Note, in the original verb nakasz has no accent over the second a. Thus, it is pronounced with a short (or hard) 'a'. However, once incorporated into a longer phrase Usàs Nakàsz, the kasz (pronounced in a Common Tongue accent as 'kash') becomes kàsz (pronounced as 'karsh').    
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Foyiitùn words starting with A through K have been added to the above dictionary.

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