I figured this was as good a place as any to write down some of the features of my language.
1. The sounds are similar to those of Italian or English, though there’s no /th/, soft or hard. Vowels have a single pronunciation; more complex vowel sounds are accomplished by means of diphthongs – plus there are some nasalized vowels to end some words, as in French.
2. The phonology is very simple and similar to Japanese: syllables usually consist of a consonant and a vowel. Some are C+V+C, but the final consonant is constrained (for one, it can’t be a stop, like /b/ or /k/). Stress tends to be on the next to last syllable.
3. The pronoun system is rather complex, and tends to incorporate honorifics, again, similar to Japanese.
4. Tenses and case are still being worked out, but it looks like they will be marked by a “marker” or series of markers. Thus, while “bala” might be a verb, its past tense could “nu bala”, its negative “ka bala”, and so forth. I’ve termed these “particles” for now, and am trying to make them less complex to use.
4. Here’s a tricky part which I’m still working on: parts of speech are fluid. Verbs can be used as nouns, nouns as verbs, or as adjectives, and so forth. This is done colloquially in English (“Hold on, I’ll Google it up…”) but I wanted a formal system for it in my language. I’m seeing whether I need more particles for that, or if I can do it with word order. (The order for Simafira, btw, is subject-object-verb.)
There are some other bits, but I’ll write them down later.
Comments? Look like something worth speaking?