Skreitung

Goblintongue

Skreitung is the common language spoken by goblins and other citizens of the Heraðsríki. It is based on a humanoid vocal structure, however, which makes communicating in verbal Skreitung difficult for those with different vocal structures. Skreitung is spoken across the world thanks to recent globalization, but originated in southwestern Eren. In fact, by technicality, Skreitung is a language family, as it has several regional dialects. The most common is Kruunu, or Crown, Skreitung, though Bay Tradespeak is widely spoken around Eren's western coast and the Maoganai islands. Certain regions have also blended other languages with Skreitung to form local creoles.  

Alphabet

See sidebar for representative phonemes.

Structure & Composition

 

Morphology

Skreitung uses a set of suffixes to signify certain additive aspects of nouns and verbs, such as plurality and tense.
  • -i denotes plurality
  • -yn denotes past tense
  • -il denotes future tense
  • -di denotes possession when used in a direct subject-object relationship, but present progressive when used in a subject-verb relationship (see Syntax)

Dialects

  • Kruunu (southwestern Eren)
  • Bay Tradespeak (Bay of Aethoel)
  • Ilesian (southeastern Eren)
    • Pyrgos Creole (Pyrgos Island)
  • Marnish
    • Coastal Creole (Ryggfell region)

Dictionary

34 Words.

Phonetic Alphabet

The Skreitung alphabet is composed of 33 symbols, each representing a phoneme. The phonemes and their corresponding letters are:

  1. Ee - "long" E
  2. Ae - "long" A
  3. Aie - "long" I
  4. Oe - "long" O
  5. Oo - "long" U
  6. Ich - "short" I
  7. Ech - "short" E
  8. Ach - "short" A
  9. Och - "short" O
  10. Uch - "short" U
  11. Yip - Y (consonant)
  12. Sela - S
  13. Esh - Sh
  14. Ðorl - Ð
  15. Þorl - Þ
  16. Chōg - Ch
  17. Fevf - F/Ph
  18. Wund - W(h)
  19. Hax - H
  20. Nen - N
  21. Mem - M
  22. Voorl - V
  23. Zwesh - Z
  24. Jorl - Djy
  25. Rell - R
  26. Shaol - L
  27. Turm - T
  28. Dvum - D
  29. Pop - P
  30. Boz - B
  31. Kaol - K
  32. Garl - G

Numeric System

Each multiple of Prong (5) has a structural change to the numeral which then has dots added to it. Each new Dek is added to the right of the previous one, forming a chain until Kenta (100, not shown) is reached. A complex Dek has a prefix (on-, di-, tri-, etc) representing the number of Deks it contains.

Syntax

Skreitung's word order is not as rigid as other languages, but in the case of certain verb tenses and adjectives a specific word order is important to determine meaning. The language uses a loose SVO structure. However, it has a curious view of the possessive tense and its suffix:

In the case of present progressive verbs, the subject is perceived to have that verb as a state of being, and so the possessive noun suffix -di is used to denote this.

Example

Alusdi hangand alla kasrakko.
— "The ship is hanging beneath the gasfloat."

In addition, when adjectives or intensity modifiers are added to verbs, the verb is perceived to have that adjective or modifier, and thus the suffix -di is added to the verb.

Example

ymmärildi verður
— "must understand," lit. "understand have must"
 

Vocabulary

Pronouns

In addition to pronouns for self (I/me/my), direct other (you/yours), and self-group (we/ours), Skreitung has two sets of indirect other pronouns: the personal (he/she/they) and impersonal (it/them).
  • Mï = self
  • Ðu = you
  • Viþ = us
  • Ðaþ = personal pronoun (singular)
  • Ðau = personal pronoun (plural)
  • Ne = impersonal pronoun (singular)
  • Nei = impersonal pronoun (plural)

Essential Vocabulary

These are the most basic, vital words of Skreitung that are able to convey universal meanings; things like affirmative/negative, greeting, query, and frustration.
  • Eelo = hello
  • Vaes = goodbye
  • Ja = yes
  • Ni = no
  • Qei? = general query (what/who/why/how/which)
  • Jaevn = damn

Verbs

Some common verbs of Skreitung:
  • Vera = to be
  • Fäära = to go
  • Finna = to feel (an emotion)
  • Kävella = to walk
  • Hlaupa = to run
  • Ioþa = to see
  • Kuulla = to hear
  • Spekka = to speak
  • Skriða = to write
  • Pääleva = to fight
  • Plíka = to like, to enjoy casually
  • Aumora = to love, to enjoy intimately
  • Vyhäta = to despise

Nouns

Some common nouns of Skreitung:
  • Skrei = goblin
  • Olem = person
  • Skvera = creature
  • Aiväs = sky
  • Alha = air
  • Vesi = water
  • Alður = fire
  • Maa = earth
  • Lys = light*, day
  • Dök = dark*, night
  • Taika = magic*
  • Vel = machine
  • Alus = ship; vessel; craft
*These can also be used as adjectives.

Comments

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8 Jun, 2019 01:18

I've read this before. Goodness, you have everything all figured out! It's incredible to see such detail put into the creation of this language!

18 Oct, 2019 18:38

Thank you very much!!! This is probably my most in-depth conlang to date, and I'm pleased it comes across as well-developed!

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