Noun Case Reform

I have just finished reforming the noun case suffixes. The cases which have been affected by this change are the following:

Dative: Changed from -õhõl to -õgõl.
Malefactive: Changed from -ahat to -õjõttõ.
Pertingent: Changed from -õšõt to -õvõt.
Prosecutive: Changed from -õvõt to -õvõttõ.
Terminative: Changed from -õvõttõ to -õšõl.
Locative: Changed from -õjõttõ to -avat.
Ornative: Changed from -õšõttõ to -avatta.
Comitative: Changed from -elgo to -õgõt.
Tempora-Lative: Removed.
Tempora-Terminative: Removed.

Also, two new cases have been added, but I still need to come up with names for them. They’re “hyper” forms of dative and comitative, respectively, so I might just call them hyperdative and hypercomitative if I can’t come up with anything better for them. The hyperdative means “only for” or “especially for”, and the hypercomitative means “joined to” or “bonded to”.

These changes affect a lot of examples here on the site which have already been published, so I still have to go through them all and update the relevant entries. I’ll edit this post when that task has been finished.

EDIT, Jan 03, 2018: The changes to the above-mentioned pages have now been completed.


Anecdote 01: Pronoun Problems

While I do like the way Duojjin’s pronouns work, it’s been gnawing at me for years now the fact that they rhyme… Sei/tei/hei/jei. Honestly, despite the fact that the consonant for each one is spoken with completely different kinds of articulation (aside from /s/ and /t/ both being alveolar), they still don’t feel distinguishable enough.

I haven’t written about pronouns on this site yet (probably because of this internal conflict that I’d rather get sorted first), but each of the pronouns have an obviate form that points to a different referent: sau/tau/hau/jau. So, in this regard, it kind of makes sense that Duojjin’s pronouns would rhyme, because you have the -ei forms and the -au forms.

But nonetheless, even after ten years, these rhyming pronouns are still difficult for me to mentally process. When I’m typing or reading, it’s fine. But when I try to produce it spontaneously without a keyboard, or when I listen to it, it seems to be really easy to get these pronouns mixed up. It might be less confusing if Duojjin’s syntax were V2 (verb in second position) or something like that, but sentences with multiple pronouns typically end up right next to each other due to the syntax, and that just makes it even harder to process.

Another issue regarding the pronouns is that the third person animate pronouns “hei/hau” seem to be very difficult to physically articulate when the next word also starts with an /h/. Although I suppose this can be solved with /h/’s allophone [ɰ].

In short, I’ve been wanting to change at least one or two of the pronouns. But I really don’t know what to change them to. I’ve honestly been wanting to change them for years, but I’ve never been able to come up with anything that felt right.

New Section: Accusative Case

Hello, everyone. I know it’s been a long time since I’ve added anything to the site, but I’ve spent the better part of today writing up a page for the ever-so-essential accusative case. Go check it out. It can, of course, be accessed in the usual ways: via the “Noun Case” heading in the top menu bar or via the charts on the Noun Case page.

Slow goin’s

For anyone who might actively follow this site, I just wanted to say that I know that I haven’t uploaded any new material in a while. I’ve been working on a completely unrelated project lately. I kind of go back and forth between the two, so even though it’s crawled to a halt for now, it will be picked back up again. This is a perfectly normal part of my process. So if anyone’s wondering if the site is dead, don’t worry, it’s not. ❤

Not that I actually expect that anyone actually actively follows the site, but y’know… just in case. lol.

500 hits!

The site has just reached 500 hits. Thank you. I never imagined that there would be this much interest in the site.

Tessõn seimiråahin.
teiessõn seimiråaihin
2COMPLACC 1NOMplatoniclovedo.PRS.PLN
I [love] you all.
(Lit: Youall Ilovedo)
Tessõn sei’miråahin. ❤

2 = Second person
COMPL = Comprehensive plural
ACC = Accusative case
1 = First person
NOM = Nominative case
PRS = Present tense
PLN = Plain aspect