Grammar

About Nyix

Nyix has a polysynthetic typology, utilizing derivational synthesis, with no invariant words, and a fusional morpheme-usage. It has a zero-copula in the present tense with a few exceptions for inalienable possession (like titles), and otherwise has an affixal copula. Nyis has no invariant words; the closest thing they have to sacred is change, after all.

Sentences and words are read left to right, though the meanings are from right to left. Word order in holy matters is SVO, and in mundane matters is SOV. Sentences most commonly contain two sections—the vosant (subject section), which is head-initial, except when the subject is just a pronoun, and the qorant (predicate section), which is head-final.

Each terrl (morpheme) is combined with the qrnyj (root word), in a specific panterrl (word or morpheme order) that creates synt (synthesized meanings; essentially, derivational morphemes) to shape the qaja (flavor, or shade; the intended or shaped meaning of the sentence). The act of modifying the qrnyj of the vosant or qorant, commonly with zas (dashes), is called sectin.

A nyjsynt is a nyj used in common jargon that is a combination of nyj that could otherwise be used separately, and has its own qaja. Nyjsynt is itself an example of this.

Example:                   Fey-lesyjask-liber. yjum-tsojqirrt-foschat .

(The boy with the beautifully sly* smile through the town* moves.)

*The synts matter here: if lesyjask were instead yjaskles, then the smile would be slyly beautiful rather than beautifully sly, altering the qaja. Additionally, if tsojqirrt contained a zas, which is acceptable when it is an individual word, it would no longer mean “town” in the qaja of the sentence, but would instead mean “near place,” as in nearby.

If the terrl of a nyj is not being modified—if it is a synt all on its own, whether grammatically or culturally—it has no zas. There are some instances in which this is up to the speaker, such as in poetry or prayer, or if the speaker is very familiar with those they are speaking to. Names almost never contain zas—it is considered ostentatious, at best. Titles almost always do—if not, it is considered mocking, or overly-familiar.

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