On 10 Nov 2011, at 19:16, J. Snow wrote: > I'm relatively new to the conlang game, and although I have a ways to go > with my first conlang, Sironu, I'm far enough to where I would like to see what > other people make of it. > > Orthography: > > Because Sironu is originally derived from Latin and is largely influenced by > English and Spanish, the alphabet reflects that. This was done on purpose. > > A (alfa)- pronounced like "AH" as in father in General American > B (bet) > D (dal) > E (epo)- pronounced "AY" as in day Not so much a criticism, but a question. Do you mean the /e/ in "bet"? The "ay" in "day" is /eɪ/. The "e" in Spanish, at least, is the /e/ from "bet": "el mejor" > É (épa)- pronounced "IH" as in click As above: the Spanish "i sound" is /i/ (from English "beat") > F (fi) > G (gan) > Jyos- Jyos is somewhat complicated; it is transliterated as the "J" sound when > at the beginning of a word and in front of a vowel, as I (pronounced "EE" as in > speed) when at the beginning of a word and followed by a consenant, is inside > a word and not after an alfa, or at the end of a word, and the "Y" sound when > inside a word and in front of another vowel. Slightly Nordic then, rather than Spanish or English, if I understand correctly > K (kaf) > L (lam) > M (mo) > N (nu) > P (pil) > O (oh)- sounded like in Spanish; somewhere between "OH" and "OO" My Spanish "o" sounds just like my English "o"... And maybe it's your accent, but I can't see where that aligns with "oh" and "oo" > H (hen)- is silent except when at the beginning of a word, where it says "H" Unusual, as with, for example French, the reverse is quite true. > Q (ku)- is pronounced "K" > R (ram)- is rolled > S (san) > T (tas) > V (vat) > W (wav) > X (ix)- pronounced "S" Fine. > Z (zi) I'm guessing as English /z/ in "zoo", right? > U (ut)- "OO" as in blue > > With the exception of "is", all of the letters' names begin with the sound it > represents. > > Grammar: > > At the moment, Sironu is SOV Not Spanish-English, but perfectly fine :) > > The second-to-last syllable is always stressed unless it is a noun of the > second form of masculine form. (the first form ends in -u, -o, -op, and -ut; > the second is -x, -k, -ék, and -nox) > > Nouns have three genders, feminine-masculine-neuter, and four cases, > accusative, nominative, dative, and genitive > -articles and adjectives agree with their nouns Agree for case, number and gender; or just gender? > > "is" and "kaf" cannot be in front of a or é, and "san" and "kaf" can't be in front > of u and o. The only exception is the word "su" ("the", masc. form) Just stick with the Latin alphabet, it makes things so much easier :) > > Verbs are conjugated as past, present and future, and each tense has a > negative form > - the word "po" is placed before a verb to make it imperfect (rinneren, (to) > run, vs. po rinneren, is/am running) And this doesn't seem very Spanish-English either (just sayin') > > Any comments, advice, questions, criticism, etc. is certainly welcomed.