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Inariran
[ɨ.nä.rɨ.rän]
Type Agglutinative
Alignment Nominative-Accusative
Head direction Mostly Final
Tonal No
Declensions Yes
Conjugations Yes
Genders 0
Nouns decline according to...
Case Number
Definiteness Gender
Verbs conjugate according to...
Voice Mood
Person Number
Tense Aspect
Meta-information
Progress 0%
Statistics
Nouns 2%
Verbs 0%
Adjectives 0%
Syntax 0%
Words of 1500
Creator peppysardonics

Hinari (pronounced with a silent h) or Inariran as it's known natively, is an artlang based on the idea "what if the Romans colonised Japan?". How did the Romans get to Japan? What are the logistics? Easy. There is no 'new world' in this version of Earth and the Romans simply sailed west. You may be thinking: the Romans could barely conquer Britain, how could they conquer Japan? How did they travel so far? This is even more improbable than them colonising Brasil! Well, I tell you this in response: it just works. If it didn't work, there would be no conlang, and I want to make it. This "Japan" isn't really the Japan of our world, but rather a rough amalgamation of Korean + Japanese + Ainu + Siberian Tartar culture. Why though? Mostly because "Latin but with open codas and Japanese influence" would just look like a transcription of Latin into Japanese, and that's not very creative.

I am taking quite a bit of artistic liberty with creating this language. The outside influences of the language will roughly look like this by the end:

Language Chart

The 'other' is mostly Chinese, Greek, English and French.

Classification[]

Inariran is an agglutinative Japonic language spoken on several islands in the Sea of Japan. Despite originating in Japan, it has significant influences from Latin (sharing almost 60% of its vocabulary!), Korean, Chinese and (theorised) the Siberian Tartar and Ainu languages. It is believed that the language originated as a creole when the Romans conquered the islands in the 2nd century. Also known as Iamata in Latin, derived from the ancient name for Japan Yamatö or Yamatai, the language is written in three forms: Ratina (Latin alphabet), hanra (Hangeul), and yamana (Katakana). There are historical records of the Inari creating their own script from the Latin alphabet once connection was cut after its collapse, however, the script has fallen into obscurity since the feudal ages, in favour for Chinese characters (sonna) and the Latin alphabet in the modern age.

Phonology[]

Consonants[]

Bilabial Dental Alveolar Palatal Velar
Nasal m n
Plosive p pʰ t̪ t̪ʰ k kʰ
Fricative ts tsʰ t̠ɕ t̠ɕʰ x
Affricate s̪ s̪ʰ ɕ ɕʰ
Approximant ɸ (β) (l) j w
Flap or tap ɾ

Vowels[]

Front Central Back
High i y u
Mid e ø o
Low ä

"y" is represented orthographically with either <ü> or <ue>.

"ø" is represented with either <ö> or <oe>.

Some dialects have [æ] for the concurrent vowels a+e. Writers in these dialects may choose to use either ae or ä depending on personal preference.

Allophones[]

Aspirated obstruents become voiced intervocalically. /n/ -> /m/ and /w/ -> /β/ before a vowel. /ɾ/ -> /l/ word-initially.

Vowels follow a special pattern depending on stress:

/a/ /e/ /o/ /i/ /u/ /y/ /ø/
Lax Initial [ɐ] [ɛ] [ə] [ɨ] [ɯ] [ʏ] [œ]
Medial [ʌ]
Final [ə]
Tensed Initial [ä] [e̞] [ɤ] [i] [u] [ɰe̞] [ø]
Medial [y] [oe̞]
Final [o̞]
Long Initial [äː] [e̞ː] [ɤː] [iː] [uː] [yː] [øː]
Medial [o̞ː] [oe̞ː]
Final

Vowel Harmony[]

Dark u yu wu
o yo wo
Light i ya i
e ue
Neutral a

Phonotactics[]

C(j)V(N), where 'j' is a semivowel and 'N' is a nasal, like in Japanese. I know, boring, but this is the sound I am trying to go for: a weird Japanese/romance hybrid.

Grammar[]

Nouns[]

Articles[]

Articles decline by Gender and Case. They are the only remnants of Gender in Hinari, except for Demonstrative Pronouns, which decline similarly.

TOPIC

NOM

ACC

GEN

DAT LOC INS COM
Indefinite Animate ron roko rodon rono rogo rowo ronu roron
Inanimate unun unuku unudun ununo unugu unue unnu unurun
Definite Animate don doko dodon dono dogo dowo donu doron
Inanimate kwon kwoko kwodon kwono kwogo kwo kwonu kworon

Case[]

There are eight cases in Hinari which are affected by the preceding consonant or vowel:

NOM ACC GEN DAT LOC INS COM VOC
C -(C)ka -(C)dan -(C)ni -(C)ga -Ce -(C)nu -(C)ran -(C)ya
u -ku -dun -no -gu -e -nu -run -yo
o -ko -don -go -wo -ron
i -ki -dain -ni -gi -hi -ne -rin -ya
e -ke -den -ge -he -ren
a -ka -dan -ga -ha -nu -ran
  • The (C) in brackets represents the preceding vowel assimilating with the consonant before it if both consonants are the same
  1. Nominative – denotes the subject of a sentence
  2. Accusative – denotes the direct object of a transitive verb: "I like cats."
  3. Genitive – denotes posession: "This is my cat."
  4. Dative – denotes the indirect object of a verb: "He gave me a car."
  5. Locative – denotes the source of direction or place of an event: "I was born in a log cabin."
  6. Instrumental – means 'with' in the sense of "by means of": "He writes with a pen."
  7. Comitive – means "with" in the sense of "together with": "I'm going with Sonya to the mall."
  8. Vocative – used when calling out to someone or something: "Hey, you!"

Verbs[]

(under construction)

Syntax[]

Hinari is a topic-prominent language, where the topic is marked with either -Vn or -nVn (depending on the preceding vowel/consonant). If you are unsure what exactly is the difference between the "topic" and "subject" of a sentence think about it like this: What comes after the topic is more important, while what comes before the subject is what is important. Compare the sentences "I am tall" and "I am the one that's tall". They both mean the same thing, but the emphasis is different.

Adjectives[]

Every sentence in Hinari has to end in either a verb or an adjective that acts like a verb. The word "(V)da" is added to the end of the stem of an adjective to create a verb-like adjective. For example, you would say "He is white." like "Nan hirada." [2-TOPIC white-is] (pale) or "Nan hiranu da." [2s-TOPIC white-adj-person is] (Caucasian).

Pronouns[]

Demonstratives[]

Demonstratives are treated as special adjectives that precede nouns, like Articles. They decline with Gender (Animate/Inanimate) and Case.

NOM

ACC

GEN

DAT LOC INS COM
Proximal Animate biki bidain bini bigi bihi bine birin
Inanimate iki idain ini igi ihi ine irin
Medial Animate miki midain mini migi mihi mine mirin
Inanimate goko godon gono gogo gowo gonu goron
Distal Animate raka radan rani raga raha ranu ranan
Inanimate dioko diodon diono diogo diowo dionu dionon

Personal Pronouns[]

Lexicon[]

Example text[]

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