Nicoleian Language

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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.

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/ ċ /tʃ/ ċġ /dʒ/ c /k/ g /g ~ ɣ/
Continuant f /f/ z /θ/ s /s/ sċ /ʃ/ j, ġ /j/ ch /x/
Liquid l /l/ r /r/

Voiced B, D, and G alternate between plosive and fricative, depending on position.

Vowels

Vowels Front Center Back
Unrounded Rounded Unrounded Rounded
Close i /i/ y /y/ u /u/
Mid e /e/ œ /ø/ -e, -er /ə/ o /o/
Open æ /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 poite "poet", which is masculine.

First declension Singular Plural
Nom-Acc -e
poite
hanse
repyblice
-es
poites
hanses
respyblices
Dative (+I) -e
pœite
hænse
repybliċe
(+I) -es
pœites
hænses
respybliċes
Genitive -er
poiter
hanser
rerpyblicer

The three examples given above are poit "poet", hanse "company", and repyblice "republic".

Second Declension

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

Second declension Singular Plural
Nom-Acc --
man
rej
panzer
-s
mans
reġs
panzres
Dative -e
mane
reġe
panzre
(+I) -es
mænes
riġes
pænzres
Genitive (+I) -e
mæne
riġe
pænzre
-er
maner
reġer
panzrer

The three examples given above are 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.