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Bixînke [bi?îNke] is the language spoken throughout the southeastern coast of Chalmea. It will also be, in the centuries to come, the language which will give way to the Chalmean family. It has a simple morphology, SOV-SVO syntax with head-first phrase order.

Phoneme Inventory

/ p t k b d g ? tS dZ m n w j l 4 s h /


< p t k b d g x ch dj m n w j l r s h > a e i o u (flat tone) á é í ó ú (high tone) à è ì ò ù (falling tone) â ê î ô û (rising tone)

Phonotactics

Non-initial syllables have consonantal onsets, though strings of two or more vowels can occurr. When they do, the resulting hiatus is resolved with a glottal stop <x>. Only non-obstruents, /m n w j l 4 s h/ happen at syllable-final position.

Morphology of the Noun

Nouns take no obligatory case, number or gender markers, and uninflected roots are valid nouns in Bixînke

sêhí

"snake"

Kûbà

"genitals"

Nouns can, however, undergo derivational morphology. For instance, there are many suffixes which turn a regular noun into one denoting a person.

Personalizers (based on the word snake)
suffix meaning Suffix Resulting Word meaning of the resulting word

maker of

-ba sêhíba snakemaker, one who makes snakes
man of sêhíxû snakeman
woman of -ii sêhíxii snake woman
one who owns -mò sêhímò owner of snakes
one who knows -étû sêhíxétû one who knows snakes


There are also other nominal modifiers that alter the meaning of nouns. for instance, there are a bunch of locatives

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