Chathan

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Chathan
tcatamsck
Pronounced: /tʃatamʃk/
Species: human
Total speakers: ~10
Writing system: Latin (Chathan variant), runic (optional)
Genealogy: constructed language

 a posteriori
  auxiliary
   Indo-European-based
    Germanic
     West and North Germanic

      Chathan
Typology
Morphological type: analytic and fusional
Morphosyntactic alignment: nominative-accusative
Basic word order: SVO
Credits
Creator: User:Lingwistix
Created: 2007

Chathan (tcatamsck) is a Germanic-based conlang. It is an a posteriori zonal and auxiliary language.

On the surface, Chathan can seem to be somewhere between Dutch/Afrikaans and German, but there are also influences from English, Old English, North Germanic, Proto-Germanic, and Frisian. The grammar combines Modern English-like analytics with simplified West Germanic-based inflections.

Chathan's vocab has originally been made largely from words and cognates of modern Germanic tongues, made to fit Chathan phonetics and phonology. Chathan's phonetics and phonologic patterns have influences from Dutch, German, English, and North Germanic tongues.

Chathan began to be linked more greatly to Proto-Germanic with reforms in 2017, by making sure that at least most words have a Proto-Germanic ancestor. Some of these Germanic/Theedish words, like "rekntawg" (computer) and "fragbar" (questionable), are also examples of uniquely Chathan calques and compounds that are still composed of shared cognates.

Certain Romance/Latin and Greek-based words are acceptable if natural Germanic tongues have cognates of those words. Pairs of Germanic and non-Germanic equivalents can exist as well, such as with month names. There can also be specialized and regional words like "katana" from Japanese, "tcungl" (jungle) from Sanskrit, and "safari" from Swahili and Arabic.


For more info, see chathan.virb.com and https://www.memrise.com/course/1528437/chathan/.

Alphabet

Aa Ææ Bb Cc Dd Ee Ëë Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv Ww

Pronouns

subject

ek (I)
jaw (you)
hej (he)
sej (she)
hes (it)
vej (we)
jej (y'all)
dej (they)

object

mek (me)
jik (you)
hem (him)
hen (her)
het (it)
ons (us)
joj (y'all)
dem (them)

possessive

mejn (my, mine)
jejn (your, yours)
hems (his)
hens (her, hers)
hets (its)
onser (our, ours)
jojn (your, yours)
dejn (their, theirs)

Numbers 0-20

0 nol
1 ejn
2 tvej
3 drej
4 fir
5 fejm
6 sieks
7 sejbn
8 akt
9 nawn
10 sien
11 ellef
12 tvolf
13 dresien
14 firsien
15 fejmsien
16 siekssien
17 sejbnsien
18 aktsien
19 nawnsien
20 tvantik

Irregular Verb Conjugation

senan (to be) infinitive

sejn (be) imperative
bes (am) 1st person singular
best (are) 2nd person singular
ist (is) 3rd person singular
sin (are) plural
sejnnung (being) present progressive
var (was/were) past simple singular
varen (were) past simple plural
gessenan (been) past participle

havan (to have) infinitive

hav (have) imperative
haf (have) 1st person singular
hafst (have) 2nd person singular
haft (has) 3rd person singular
hafen (have) 1st person plural
hafsten (have) 2nd person plural
haften (have) 3rd person plural
havnung (having) present progressive
hat (had) past simple singular
haten (had) past simple plural
gehhavan (had) past participle

Regular Verb Conjugation

infinitive, future

fligan (to fly)

imperative

flieg (fly)

present simple

ek flieg (I fly)
jaw fliegst (you fly)
hej/sej/hes fliegt (he/she/it flies)
vej/jej/dej fligat (we/y'all/they fly)

gerund/present progressive

fliegnung" (flying)

past simple

gefliegt (flew)

past participle

gefligan (flown)

Comparison

Chathan Ek vejs niek velk honden sin scvart. /ɛk veɪs nik vɛɫk hɔndɛn sɪn ʃvɑɚt/
English I don't know which hounds (dogs) are black.       
Dutch Ik weet niet welke honden zwart zijn.
Afrikaans Ek weet nie wat honde swart is nie. 
German Ich weiß nicht, welche Hunde schwarz sind.
Danish Jeg ved ikke, hvilke hunde er sorte.
Swedish Jag vet inte vilka hundar är svarta.
Icelandic Ég veit ekki hver hundarnir eru svartir.
This article is part of a series on International Auxiliary Languages.

Romance-based Auxlangs: Aercant * Atlango * Interlingua * Latin Nov * Novial * Occidental (Interlingue) * Panroman * Romanal
Germanic-based Auxlangs: Folksprak * Nordien
Slavic Auxlangs: Novoslovnica
Turkic Auxlangs: Jalpi Turkic
African Auxlangs: Afrihili
Mixed-Origin Auxlangs: Esperanto * Adjuvilo * Ido * Ayola * Medial Europan * Bolak * Kotava * North American * Pantos-dimou-glossa * Pasetok * Sasxsek * Universalglot * Volapük
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