Conlang Relay 17/Karrev

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Tialo Hosh

Tialo u rrovok dorr. Horonarae gisrad yeb tialo. Kezatialosuqe rrovok tialo. Kebohtaqe tialo rrovok. Rrovok vrvimgaq se. Kevrvoqraqe tialo. Tialo vaisoq zamgaq se. Keshoqe tialorad rrovok. Kemeslesuishkibrie tialorad rrovok. Vrvibajvonqe rrovok.

Smooth English:

The Evil Horse

Once upon a time a horse belonged to a person. The eyes of the horse were red. The person mounted the horse. The horse attacked the person. The person went away from it. The horse made a noise. A thousand horses came to it. The horses chased the person. The horses bit the person over and over again. The person died.


bajvon: to be alive

boht-: to be attacked

dorr: evidentiality marker for fictional narratives

gis: eye

horon: to be red

hosh: bad, evil

mesle: tooth

-mg-: at

rrovok: person

se: he, she, it

-shk-: to be cut

sho: to be chased

tialo: horse

u: of, belonging to

vaisoq: thousand

vrvoq: sound, noise

yeb: part of (used for inalienable possession)


Word order is VSO, Noun-Modifier. Tense is not marked. Prepositions can be used without a verb to form a sentence. Suffixing –su to a noun X forms a verb with the meaning “that which is done do using X.” Suffixing –ra to a noun X forms a verb meaning “that which is done which creates X.” The prefix za- on a verb makes the verbs dynamic, AKA it indicates a change into the state indicated by the root verb. The prefix vrvi- does the opposite, it marks a change out of the state indicated by the root verb. The suffix –ara on verbs indicates the habitual aspect, and all conjugated verbs end in a final –e. The suffix –ibri- marks the iterative aspect (also placed before –e). Prefixing ke- to a verb makes it active, and suffixing –(a)q- (before the final –e) marks the perfective aspect. The perfective aspect may be marked on prepositions as well. Two verbs may be joined with –i- to form a single, composite verb. The suffix –rad on nouns indicates a group of the noun. Hyphens at the beginning or end of a verb simply mean that the form listed in the lexicon does not, on its own, comply with karrev’s phonotactics