Huntspeak

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Huntspeak varies between the two tribes on either reverent side of the Sun and Moon. The most common conception of Huntspeak is various tongue clicks and whistles to aid in distracting or not scaring prey, when Huntspeak actually ranges from clicks and whistles, to a full guttural language. Though only a select few tribes still use full Huntspeak to this day after the migration of the Fifth Umbral Era, most Miqo'te will have a fairly basic understanding of the Huntspeak language, especially newer generations raised in an era of a Common language.


PHONETICS


VOWELS


  • ɑ: paw
  • æ: mat
  • i: pit
  • ɪ: meat
  • u: tool
  • ʌ: lull
  • e: pet

CONSONANTS

  • b
  • d
  • kh (χ, throaty sound)
  • k
  • l
  • m
  • q (k, ke)
  • r (trill)
  • y (j, yew)
  • s
  • sh
  • t
  • w
  • v


MORPHOLOGY


Triconsonantal Roots:

Nearly all of the Huntspeak verbs are made with a sequence of three consonantal roots. The placement of other consonants and vowels determines the conjugation of the word.

Example: to write - /v-d-b/

  • ɪ vɪdab - I write/I am writing
  • ɪ vɪdeb - I wrote
  • ɪ vɪdʌb - I will write/I am going to write

Typically, the first vowel mimics the vowel sound of the subject, while the second vowel indicates if it is past, present or future tense, with /a/ being present, /e/ being past and /ʌ/ being future tenses.

In the case of only two root consonants, the second vowel dictating the tense will end the world.

Example: to eat - /l-b- -/

  • ɪ lɪba - I eat/I am eating
  • ɪ lɪbe - I ate
  • ɪ lɪbʌ - I will eat/I am going to eat


SYNTAX


Sentence Structure:

Subject, Verb (adverb), Object(s)

Subject Pronouns

Example: to write - /v-d-b/

  • ɪ vɪdab - I write
  • Su vudab - You write
  • Se vedab - He/She/It writes
  • Tɪ vɪdeb - We write
  • Tu vudeb - You (pl.) write
  • Te vedeb - They write


VOCABULARY


Pronouns

  • ɪ - I
  • su - You (sing.)
  • se - He/She/It
  • - We
  • tu -You (plural)
  • te - They

Basic and Common Phrases

  • Naaq/Qɪ - No/Yes
  • Qar/Tej - Good/Bad
  • Qar mɪdam - Good Morning
  • Qar nætum - Good Night/Evening
  • Qar yʌl - "Good Meeting", or roughly "well met"
  • Shɪmakh - Hello!
  • Rʌdakh - Farewell!
  • Shakh - Informal Hello or Bye
  • ɪ veqash su - "I have love for you" or, "I love you"
  • ɪ naaq-veqash su - "I have no love for you" or, "I hate you"
  • v-q-sh - to love
  • t-kh-r - to live
  • d-q-b - to fear/to be scared
  • m-v-t - to trust
  • l-b- - - to eat
  • r-s-sh - to fight
  • b-y- - - to study/read
  • v-d-b - to write>