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Paxba-Sazena
(the) Language belonging to (all the) Pax (people)
LEXICON

GENERAL OUTLINE

The Pax are one of the major ethnic groups among the
elves. Paxba-Sazena is the most spoken language in Elfin space, and
is tied with English for most spoken in intergalactic circles.

PHONETICS AND TRANSLITERATION GUIDE

For now, here are the sounds of the Pax language and
the transliteration I will use for each in this text. I've tried to
include english words to give examples of the sound.

Transliteration is based on the International Phonetic Alphabet; read
about that here:
http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/home/wells/ipa-english-uni.htm

I used the KPA variant:
http://www.io.com/~hmiller/lang/kpa.html

I simplified from there for the romanizations in the dictionary.

TRANSLITERATION LETTERS, SOUNDS, AND PRONUNCIATION SYMBOLS

CONSONANTS (C)
WHEN         PRONOUNCE IT                       KPA
YOU SEE      LIKE THE BRACKETS          Symbol
b            (b)in                      b
d            (d)en                      d
g            (g)et                      g
k            lo(ch)                     x
m            (m)ice                     m
n            (n)ice                     n
r            trilled r as in Italian    rZ
             and spanish
rh           (r)obot                    r
s            (s)nail                    s
t            (t)ry                      t
v            (v)oice                    v
x            le(gs), ale(x)             ks
y            (y)ellow                   j
z            (z)oo                      z

VOWELS
WHEN         PRONOUNCE IT                       KPA
YOU SEE      LIKE THE BRACKETS          Symbol
a            f(a)ther                   a
e            t(e)n                      e
i            f(i)g                      i
o            p(o)t                      o
u           l(e)g (compare this (e)     ei
             to the one in ten)

PHONETIC CONSTRAINTS
Paxba-Sazena has the following constraints:

(b, d, g, m,  n, r, s, t, v, y, z) + V + (b, d, k, m, n, rZ),
t, x, v, y", z) [+ (ba, ka, za, na) as dictated by grammar]

So bid sounds plausibly "paxish", but DART? That's freaky, alien
sounding shit to them.

as for STRESS or ACCENT, it is on every FIRST syllable of a word, and
not usually marked.

GRAMMAR:
The Pax language is made of three CLASSES of words. Two of these
classes also exist in one of four GENDERS.

GENDER is indicated by the addition of syllables to the root.

BA indicates the concept contains all the genders, an
INCLUSIVE or UNCERTAIN gender
KA indicates MASCULINE gender.
ZA indicates FEMININE gender.
NA indicates NEUTRAL or NO gender.

NAMES take the role of nouns and pronouns.  They are subdivided into
two groups.

IDENTITIES are "proper" names-- they answer the question "What do you call
him/ her/ it?". They are always capitalized. All Names exist in all
genders. You can name your son Ubaka, and your daughter
Ubaza. They'll go to Earth and join Daniel and Danielle in plotting
the death of the involved parental units.

_relative Identities-- "pronouns"_
Pronouns. The concept doesn't exist in Paxba-Sazena-- a name is a name
is a name.

However... there are Identities /we/ would consider pronouns. Iz, for
example, is "I". These "Relative Identities" are not altered for
gender unless otherwise noted. Iz is one of the exceptions. Ka ("he")
is not.

_cultural note on names_
To the Paxba people, Identities are vitally important. The Identifier
"Di" means both "name" and "soul". Without a name, you're a
non-entity. You aren't even thought of as having a gender. Only the
most heartless person would mock an Dihakna ("nameless"), however, and
often times conscious or not, people make effort to give them
Identities.

LABELS answer "What class of person/ place/ thing/ concept does
he/ she/ it fall in?". They are not capitalized. Labels have
transitive gender, usually to match that of the thing being
identified. If used to classify another name, a Label immediately
proceeds that name. The LAST Name in a sequence is always what's being
classified.

If AIbaza and her friend Ezdeza are both dam (hired
companions or "dolls" as it is often translated) then to say:

      Ubaza is a doll. Ezdeza is a doll.

you'd use:

      damza Ubaza. damza Ezdeza.

Subtle meaning may be created by not having the two in agreement. If
AIbaza cross dresses and Ezdeza only takes clients as a female, you
might use:

      daumka Ubaza. daumza Ezdeza.

Note that the same word may be both an Identifier and a Name. You can
address Doctor AIbaka as vitgika AIbaka, or you could address him as
Vitgika. Some linguists say this forms a third class, TITLES, but
others say that those folks are too hung up on threes.

STATES fill the function of verbs, adverbs, and adjectives in
English. States are all of transitive gender, matching the gender of
the Names they are linked to. They are never capitalized. Unmodified
(see MODIFIERS, below) they are in the present continuous tense. In
States, the gender syllable is placed BEFORE the root.

sazmid
1) S. to write creatively. Literally, "(to make) living words"
2) N, L. A writer.

THUS:
kasazmid
(he writes)

Note that sazmid also has a Name form. So:

Daniel writes.
Danika kasazmid.

the writer Daniel
sazmidka Danika

The Writer
Sazmidka

MODIFIERS are all affixes (prefixes and suffixes), which modify the
sense of the States or Identities they are attached to. Modifiers are in
and of themselves gender less. They are capitalized only when attached
to the start of an Identity Name. They are added BEFORE you conjure for
gender.

Modifiers cover where prepositions and modal operators would be placed
in English. For example, -ix is used to indicate a more than two
plural.

Prostitutes
Damixza

MUTATIONS-- and other headaches...
The following are little lingual quarks that you should watch out for.

1. When adding a modifier puts two vowels side by side, use a hyphen
when writing the word down.

EXAMPLE:
ka (third person masculine possessive) + Ezre (hair) + ka
Ka-ezreka

2. If the same letter ends up side by side, drop one of the doubles.

EXAMPLE:
aik (protector) + ka
Aika

Sometimes when ai, the weak vowel, and a vowel end up side by side,
the ai is drapped-- but that usually only happens overtime when a set
of words is merging into a new word.

BASIC PAXBA-SAZENA SENTENCE STRUCTURE follows this pattern:

SUBJECT [STATES that apply to subject] OBJECT [STATES that apply to
the object].

Baubaza zamimsad Davimina-adiba nadan

(transliteration)
Warm Soul (female) (she) carries (the) life (of) mating (inclusive
gender)'s child (uncertain gender) (she) inside.

(translations)
She's carrying the life of their child inside her.
or
She's got their child inside her.
or
She's pregnant.

*specific topics*

*plurals*

Paxba-Sazena differs between plural (two) and plural (three or more).

The suffix -ax is used to indicate a group of two.
The suffix -ix is used to indicate a group of three or more.

THUS:

sazmidazka is two writers.
sazmidixka may be three or more writers.

*INTERROGATIVES*
Questions are handled by a set of modifiers applied to the end of
States. Questions tend to use the inclusive gender ba when addressing
an unknown person to be polite; after all, that nice body building
homosexual might prefer the feminine form of his name and have a short
fuse. Trust me, it's a danger.

So:
Maba babitsado vidgukba.
You (uncertain gender) (uncertain gender)named(are, interrogative)
justice protector(uncertain gender).
Are you a justice keeper?

Note that Pax does not use an interrogative punctuation mark. You will
get funny looks if you use a question mark. You elfin friends will end
up chuckling.
--
Daniel 'Delirious' Sauve
http://deleriousraven.livejournal.com/
http://thedobd.blogdot.org/
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I am nothing
I am everything
-- from "The Knight's Oath", from "Shinji's Chronicle, Book 1