Type Agglutinative
Alignment Tripartite
Head direction BiDirectional ( but questioning :p )
Tonal No
Declensions Yes
Conjugations Yes
Genders Ø
Nouns decline according to...
Case Number
Definiteness Gender
Verbs conjugate according to...
Voice Mood
Person Number
Tense Aspect
Progress 0%
Nouns 0%
Verbs 0%
Adjectives 0%
Syntax 0%
Words of 1500
Creator Cask Of Armadillo

Classification and DialectsEdit

Most definitely an a priori englang with several interesting and unique features with verb tenses.  It uses the CMFTP as its central tense/mood and builds all other tenses based off of that one.  This language came into contact with Spanish at some point during the early Age of Information and therefore draws similar influence from it as English does.



Bilabial Labio-dental Dental Alveolar Post-alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ
Plosive p b t d k g
Fricative f v θ ð s z ʃ ʒ ç x
Affricate ts dz t͡ʃ ʔh
Approximant ɹ j ɰ ʍ w
Trill r̥ r
Lateral fric. ɬ ɮ
Lateral app. l


Front Near-front Central Near-back Back


Writing SystemEdit

Letter[s] Sound[s]
 â a æ
A a au
B b b
C c ts
Č č t͡ʃ
D d d
Ð ð ð
Ê ê e ɛ ei
E e ø
F f f
G g g
h See H Rules
Î î i ɪ
I i ai
J j ʒ
K k k
L l l
Ll ll ɮ
Lh lh ɬ
M m m
N n n
Ñ ñ ɲ
Ń ń ŋ
Ô ô ɔ ɑ
O o oi
P p p
Q q ʔh / c̚ final
R r ɹ r
Rh rh r̥ (or ɹ + x)
S s s
Š š ʃ
T t t
Ø ø θ
Û û u ʌ
U u iu
V v v
W w w
Wh wh ʍ
X x x
Ç ç ç
Kh kh
Y y j
Ÿ ÿ ỹ:
Z z z

H RulesEdit

An h between two vowels is realized as ɰ while an h after a consonant modifies it.  This usually is some form of devoicing

Phonetic InconsistenciesEdit

Certain sounds are never seen together naturally, and if they are placed together due to a construction, they must be resolved (though it can be argued that there is no "conflict" but rather just a convention on where to represent palatalization).  Sound resolutions are as follows:

  • SU »   ŠÛ
  • ZU »   JÛ
  • TU »   ČÛ
  • DU »   JÛ
  • KhE » ÇE
  • KhΠ»   ÇÎ
  • IKh »   IÇ
  • OKh » OÇ

Vowel ClassesEdit

Rhotêq has two classes of vowels, each serving a different purpose (assuming they are the last vowel of the word).  Ÿ spans two classes.

  • The first class consists of Â, Ê, Î, Ô, Û, and Ÿ
  • The second class is composed of A, E, I, O, U, and Ÿ


Decareting is pronounced /dikeɹədiŋ/ and is the process by which vowels change classes (aside from regular careting, which is far less common).  Decareting consists of the following changes.  These are not in any particular chronological order, as decareting can only happen once (Aka Ÿ » Û doesn't change to U in the last change).

  • Û » U
  • Ÿ » Û
  • E » Ÿ
  •  » A
  • Ê » E
  • Π» I
  • Ô » O



As a derivationally agglutinative language, Rhotêq takes existing nouns and compounds them head finally.  Nouns decline to case and number.  Normal nouns, that is, words that are already nouns, are pluralized by adding -Č to the end, while constructed nounds are pluralized by removing the -Q and adding -Ç.  This can lead to decareting of the last vowel, therefore word order must be maintained to avoid case confusion in the plural.  All nouns have Ÿ as their last vowel in the intransative (absolutive).

Class IEdit

Class I nouns have  as their last vowel in the ergative, and A in the accusative

Class IIEdit

Class II nouns have Ê as their last vowel in the ergative, and E in the accusative

Class IIIEdit

Class III nouns have Πas their last vowel in the ergative, and I in the accusative

Class IVEdit

Class IV nouns have Ô as their last vowel in the ergative, and O in the accusative

Class VEdit

Class V nouns have Û as their last vowel in the ergative, and U in the accusative


Verbs inflect only to tense (and arguably mood), and paraphrastic constructions are very prominent in this language. 

Primary FormEdit

The conditional form of the verb is used as the citation form, and also the infinitive.  This form uses no affixes to indicate tense, mood, or any other quality and is simply composed of the morphemes definining what the verb is.


The inflected verb forms are constructed with what is called a "roadmap", where the tenses are sequenced and there are morphemes that perform various directional manipulations on the verbs.  The roadmap includes the perfect aspect as well.  Starting with the conditional "primary form", these directional manipulations form any other tense.  They come immediately before the verb (separate words) and are as follows

  • Sa - moves verb one space backwards on the roadmap.  This includes conditional » past.

    Rhotêq Roadmap

  • Tê - moves verb one space forwards on the roadmap
  • Če - moves verb two spaces forwards on the roadmap
  • Šâ - moves verb two spaces backwards on the roadmap.
  • Rho - moves verb one space to the side.
  • Vÿ - moves verb 1.5 spaces forward

Keep in mind that the present and future are one space away.  The near future is half a space between them.

Sticky MorphemesEdit

Besides having an unusual name, sticky morphemes serve to make certain commonly used conditional constructions more convenient, although they do add a layer of conditonal complexity to the language.  Sticky morphemes and their functions are as follows:


Word OrderEdit

Within a standard sentence, the word order is SOVI, but occasionally this changes to reflect a different meaning.


Example textEdit

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