Emi Asar Unenes
| Desertic |
Emi Asar Unenes
|Spoken in:||Hunetic Desert (Unenes)|
|Basic word order:||VOS|
|Morphological type:||Rather Isolating|
|Bren Martinez||March 2008|
Desertic (Emi Asar Unenes or Emi Ater) is a Senaslavatic language originating from the Hunetic Desert. Desertic is derived from vulgar Senaslavish and acquires most of its grammar and diction from Senaslavish.
Desertic, like Senaslavish, was designed as a artistic and liturgical language for Aseretism, a non-fictional philosophy.
History and geographic information
The creation of Desertic is attributed to the lone wanderer in the story "The Way of the Angels" (Desertic: Giner Aser Anetas). In the sixth part of the story, the wanderer meets an aseretean perceptual angel, or nymph, named Heomýrete (Senaslavish for "the singing one"), who tells him to remember a prayer. Heomýrete gives him the prayer in Senaslavish, however the wanderer cannot speak in that language, and instead utters the prayer in a new language, Desertic.
Though a story, the first recorded literature in Desertic is the prayer given by Heomýrete, "For the Subtle One" (Desertic: O Aserete), and is thus viewed as the figurative birth of the language.
The Hunetic Desert or simply Unenes does not refer to a specific desert, however to higher elevation deserts. The Mojave Desert, however, is the only desert of this type to be plainly referred to as Unenes (Desert). Though no specific desert is given in the story, "The Way of the Angels" it is thought to take place either in the Mojave Desert or one inspired by it. Many names exist for unique and very specific plants and animals, many of which are only found in the Mojave. One of these is a name for the Arroyo toad (ereman), a species only found western parts of the California Mojave. Some other words exist for weather patterns and seasonal changes that are close to those in Mojave Desert.
Desertic is a member of the Hunenestic sub-branch of the Senaslavic branch in the Aseretean-Hunetazian family of languages, which has a lineage that claims to originate from the language of Aserete and its perceptual angels. Desertic is related most closely to the Highland Senaslavish, a language that developed under the influence of Liturgical Senaslavish and Desertic, but is spoken in the mountains.
Desertic is a rather isolating language, and contains some inflection.
Desertic preserves the basic, verb-object-subject or VOS syntax of the liturgical syntax (Senaslavish: revimiiáehpmiiyráviitákét) from Senaslavish. Complex syntax also, for the most part, follows this pattern, though some clear changes are present. In a comparative nominative sentence, the subjects surround the verb in a subject-verb-subject pattern, whereas Liturgical Senaslavish remains firmly in the VOS positioning.
Native and most foreign verbs in Desertic follow a very regular pattern in their infinitive forms. Verbs are most readily identified by the infinitive suffix -ma. Verbs are conjugated into persons and numbers and mood is added by inserting isolated mood words after the conjugated verb. These elements form a verb clause, which contains the total meaning of any given verb.
Verb conjugation into the persons, singular and plural, is the only significantly inflected part of Desertic grammar. There is only one standard verb conjugation, though there are dialectic variations with added conjugations, moods, and tenses. Verbs are conjugated into the following forms:
- three persons: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
- three 3rd person genders: masculine, feminine, and neutral
- two numbers: singular and plural
Though the three 3rd person genders may be conjugated in a plural number, it is not often done and seen as archaic.
Conjugation into any of the persons and numbers requires the infinitive ending, -ma, to be dropped and the appropriate suffix to be added to the verb stem. The endings for the various persons and numbers are detailed in the following table (note that the common use 3rd person plural is in bold):
| -re |
kema (to have)
| kere |
Tenses and moods are assigned to verbs by the inclusion of a verb particle into the verb clause. Verb particles exist for:
- two tenses: past (i) and future (oa)
- three moods: imperative (et), interrogative (ye), and negative (rey)
- seven interrogatives: who (iyez), what (ayel), where (iyer), why (yeve), which (ayal), how (ep), and when (iyef)