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The Nicoleian language is the majority language of the Nicólei sector. Descended from the Classical Latin of Olympia, it has undergone many sound changes that made it resemble Mechyrdian and Texandrian German.

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Phonology

Consonants

Consonants Labial Dental Alveolar Palatal Velar
Nasal m /m/ n /n/ (n, g) /ŋ/
Stop p /p/ b /b ~ β/ t /t/ d /d ~ ð/ ts /ts/ k /k/ g /g ~ ɣ/
Continuant f /f/ z /θ/ s /s/ (ch) /ç/ j, (g) /j/ ch /x/
Liquid l /l/ r /r/

Voiced B, D, and G alternate between plosive and fricative, depending on position. G is also sometimes palatalized as /j/, which is marked in the dictionary as ġ.

Vowels

Vowels Front Center Back
Unrounded Rounded Unrounded Rounded
Close i /i/ ü /y/ u /u/
Mid e /e/ ö /ø/ -a, -e, -er /ə/ o /o/
Open ä /æ/ a /a/

Grammar

Nicoleian is a fusional language, meaning that it inflects the endings of nouns and verbs for meaning.

Nouns and Adjectives

Nicoleian has two genders and two declension patterns.

First Declension

The first declension is descended from Latin first and fifth declension nouns. It has mostly feminine nouns, but exceptions do exist, such as poit "poet".

First declension Singular Plural
Nominative --
poit
fug
di
respublik
-i
poiti
fugi
di
respubliki
Genitive -i
poiti
fugi
di
ripubliki
-er
poiter
fuger
dier
ripubliker
Dative -i
poiter
fuger
di
ripubliki
(+I) -er
pöiter
füġer
dier
ripubliker
Accusative --
poit
fug
di
republik
-s
poits
fugs
dies
respubliks

(+I) indicates umlaut.

The four examples given above are poit "poet", fug "flight", di "day", and respublik "republic".

Second Declension

The second declension is descended from Latin second, third, and fourth declension nouns.

Second declension Singular Plural
Nominative --
gat
man
rej
panzer
(+I) --
ġät
män
reġ
panzer
Genitive (+I) --
ġät
män
reġ
panzer
-er
gater
maner
reġer
panzer
Dative --
gat
man
reġ
panzer
(+I) -er
ġäter
mäner
reġer
panzer
Accusative --
gat
man
reġ
panzer
-s
gats
mans
reġs
panzers

The four examples given above are gat "cat", man "hand", rej "king", and panzer "tank".

Other Declensions

The third and fourth declensions of Latin merged into the second declension. The fifth Latin declension merged into the first declension.

This page is a work in progress! Do not take it as canon until this notice is removed.