Conlang Relay 18/TIAL

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Smooth English from TIAL

I've Seen This: How a Statue on the Corner Started Living

  1. A woods-dog was sleeping in some person's arms.
  2. The dog woke up and started to bark.
  3. A number of big smoke clouds came and churned.
  4. After a long time, they broke up.
  5. I saw a woman on the snow-covered roof of a mansion.
  6. The woman's aspect was like a peach and beautiful but severe.
  7. But she didn't know normal manners:
  8. she was smiling but cleaning her face with her clothes.


me gevida eto: modo usa pe yo statuo ana anglo gina vive

  1. yo kano da silvo zudorme ina bratco da yo persono.
  2. kano didorme i gina barke.
  3. bonco nimbo grando da fumo vene i turbine;
  4. pos yo longe, elo solve.
  5. me vida yo damo ana yo palaso mo summo velazo kon nivo.
  6. damo mo aspekto koma yo persko i bello sol severo
  7. sol to no sapa modo normalo:
  8. to zurise sol zulava to mo aspekto kona to mo vesto.

TIAL Grammar Notes

TIAL is SVOP, with most noun modifiers following the noun.

There are two kinds of genitives at present:

  1. Possessor mo Possessum (subjective)
  2. Possessum da Possessor ( objective)

In TIAL, adjectives, prepositions, and adverb are all kinds of verbs. What's more, nouns take the same endings as verbs. These are

  • -a verb, when an object (or complement) follows
  • -e verb, when no object (or complement) follows
  • -o noun or verb modifying noun


  • -az- inverse or passive


  • di- terminative derivation
  • ge- retrospective aspect
  • zu- progressive aspect

TIAL General Vocabulary

Citation form final suffixes are the most typical for each word.

  • an~a VS2 on
  • angl~o N angle, corner
  • aspekt~o N aspect, outlook, facial expression
  • bark~e VD1 bark
  • bell~e VS1 beautiful
  • bonco Q more than 1 or 2
  • bratc~o N arm
  • da V2 of (genitive)
  • dam~o N woman
  • dorm~e VS1 sleep
  • ele VS1 distal demonstrative
  • ete VS1 proximal demonstrative
  • fum~o N smoke
  • gin~a VA begin, start
  • grand~e VS1 large
  • i conj and
  • in~a VS2 in(side)
  • kan~o N dog
  • kom~a VS2 like, similar
  • kon conj with (circumstantial)
  • kon~a VS with
  • lav~a VD wash, clean
  • long~e VS1 long
  • me pron 1st person singular
  • mo NR possessive
  • mod~o N mode, manner
  • nimb~o N cloud
  • niv~o N snow
  • no adv not (precedes verb)
  • normal~e VS1 normal
  • palas~o N palace, mansion
  • pe pron what (relative)
  • persk~o N peach
  • person~o N person
  • pos conj after
  • ris~e VD smile
  • sap~a VS know
  • sever~e VS1 severe
  • silv~o N woods, forest
  • sol conj but
  • solv~e VD break up, dissolve, fall apart
  • statu~o N statue
  • summ~o NR top of
  • to pron 3rd person proximative
  • turbin~e VD churn, whirl
  • us~a VD use
  • vel~a VS cover, conceal
  • ven~e VD come, arrive
  • vest~o N garment, clothes
  • vid~a VD see
  • viv~e VS1 live
  • yo det definite article;

also used as subject of impersonal clause


  • N Noun
  • NR Relational noun
  • Q Quantifier
  • V__ Verb
  • VD_ Dynamic
  • VS_ Static
  • V_1 univalent only
  • V_2 bivalent only
  • adv adverb
  • conj conjunction
  • det determiner
  • pron pronoun

Translator's Note

TIAL is intended for use only by non-native speakers, so to speak it not quite correct is to speak it fundamentally correct. I'm not sure how close to ideal I've gotten with this translation!