Tongue of Tides

Ancient Language

  The Tongue of TIdes is considered an ancient language even by Human standards as its origins are surrounded by mystery as no one really knows when this language came about. With some believing that it is even older than the Old Tongue one of the oldest Human languages in the west. The Hyperions whose ancestors inhabited Isles of Hyperia for thousands of years say that it was a gift from their gods as a gift to them for their strong faith in them. Whatever the case may be on how it was created whenever it is spoken it almost sounds like the sea itself with waves crashing a roaring along the shoreline. Making it possible that there is some truth to what they are saying to their tale.  

Outlawed language

  When the Vatian Empire invaded and conquered Hyperia. They wanted to rid themselves of their faith in their sea gods and replace it with the faith of the Exalted. Believing that their god was greater than the gods of the sea they worshiped. As they hunted their sea priest, they also decreed that the Tongue of Tides was forbidden to speak due to the connection it had to their gods. Burning whatever texts they had of it and cutting out the tongues of anyone who spoke it. But those who were still faithful to their gods brought their language underground and continued to use it to ensure that it would never be lost to them. Every generation now passes down their language to keep it alive to a select few that are trusted with and this has been done for a thousand years. Now with the Hyperion League getting closer to the Hyperias liberation, the language has once more began to spread amongst the population bring back their culture that was taken from them.  

Natively known as: Askaza /Ashkaza/

  ...From the deep, he rose to seek vengeance on those who had wronged him...
lælsh puuts taa sel puuts kaks lælsh lalhe puuts engfef aark pif færn
Pronunciation: /lælʃ puːts taː sel puːts kaks lælʃ lalˈhe puːts eŋˈfef aːrk pif færɲ/
Tongue of Tides word order: From the deep, he rose to seek vengeance on those who had wronged him  

Spelling & Phonology

  Consonant inventory: f h j k l p r s t w ŋ ɲ ʂ ʃ ʔ ʧ  
Lateral approximantl
  Co-articulated phonemes  
  Vowel inventory: a aː e i iː u uː æ ø  
Highi iːu uː
High-mide ø
Lowa aː
  Syllable structure: (C)V(C)(C)
Stress pattern: Ultimate — stress is on the last syllable   Spelling rules:  


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


SingularNo affix
hæruw /hæˈruw/ dog
PluralReduplicate first part of first syllable
hæhæruw /hæhæˈruw/ dogs


Singularkuu /kuː/ the uf /uf/ a
Pluralpurk /purk/ the /wæ/ some
  Uses of definite article that differ from English:
  • Used for personal names in third person: ‘The Maria has left for school’
  • Used for languages: ‘The English’
  • Used with place names: ‘The London’
  Uses of indefinite article that differ from English:
  • Not used for non-specific mass (uncountable) nouns: non-specific means ‘Would you like some (any) tea?’ whereas specific means ‘Some tea (a specific amount) fell off the truck’


1st singularlos /løs/ I, me, mine
2nd singularseyl /sejl/ you, yours
3rd singular mascpuuts /puːts/ he, him, his, it, its
3rd singular femshaa /ʃaː/ she, her, hers, it, its
1st pluralpi /pi/ we, us, ours
2nd pluralchu /ʧu/ you all, yours (pl)
3rd pluralyuuks /juːks/ they, them, theirs

Possessive determiners

1st singularlos /løs/ my
2nd singularseyl /sejl/ your
3rd singular mascpuuts /puːts/ his
3rd singular femshaa /ʃaː/ her
1st pluralpi /pi/ our
2nd pluralchu /ʧu/ your (pl)
3rd pluralyuuks /juːks/ their


PresentNo affix
kelp /kelp/ learn
PastSuffix -aː
kelpaa /kelˈpaː/ learned
Remote pastSuffix -uːr
kelpuur /kelˈpuːr/ learned (long ago)
  Koshhuuian uses a standalone particle word for future tense:
FutureParticle before the verb: ʧe -
che kelp /ʧe kelp/ will learn

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.
Koshhuuian uses an affix for the perfect aspect:  
PerfectReduplicate first part of first syllable
kekelp /keˈkelp/ have learned


  Koshhuuian has a base-10 number system:   1 - shi
2 - i
3 - war
4 - pi
5 - tulsh
6 - uytuu
7 - te
8 - lurk
9 - shii
10 - nii
Hundred - wuu
Thousand - ushk  

Derivational morphology

  Adjective → adverb = If ends with vowel: Suffix -s
Else: Suffix -uːs
Adjective → noun (the quality of being [adj]) = If ends with vowel: Suffix -ʃk
Else: Suffix -uʃk
Adjective → verb (to make something [adj]) = If ends with vowel: Suffix -jʔ
Else: Suffix -ijʔ
Noun → adjective (having the quality of [noun]) = If ends with vowel: Suffix -jj
Else: Suffix -ajj
Noun → adjective relating to noun (e.g. economy → economic) = If ends with vowel: Suffix -rʧ
Else: Suffix -irʧ
Noun to verb = Suffix -a
Verb → adjective (result of doing [verb]) = Suffix -ulʃ
Tending to = If ends with vowel: Suffix -ll
Else: Suffix -øll
Verb → noun (the act of [verb]) = Suffix -urʧ
Verb → noun that verb produces (e.g. know → knowledge) = Suffix -aːft
One who [verb]s (e.g. paint → painter) = Suffix -al
Place of (e.g. wine → winery) = Suffix -a
Diminutive = Suffix -øʂ
Augmentative = If ends with vowel: Suffix -rp
Else: Suffix -urp


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