A shitty fan-conlang (fanlang?) based on whatever the standard(?) language of Alternia from Andrew Hussie's Homestuck may or may not be.
Obviously, I do not own Homestuck or Hiveswap. The Alternian script used here is from Hiveswap, made by Hussie and What Pumpkin, and the font itself was compiled by OrangeyPeels on DeviantArt. Further information can be found on the "Credits" page via the sidebar.
Table of Contents
Vowels: a ɛ e i ə u o
Consonants: r k t z ʒ s m l g f p n d v h ħ j ʃ* ʧ* ŋ* x*
(Sounds marked with an asterisk are allophones of other sounds.)
Syllable structure: mostly (C(C))V(C), but a bit more limited. Still hashing it out.
Some common/general rules:
/n/ becomes /ŋ/ before /k/ and /g/.
/s/ becomes /ʃ/ before /m/, and becomes /ʧ/ before /k/.
/aɪ/ cannot be combined with other dipthongs.
/f/ following /m/ usually becomes /p/.
A /r/ surrounded by only vowels sometimes becomes an /x/.
A doubled /k/ or /t/ usually becomes a single /g/ or /d/, respectively.
/ħ/ and /ʒ/ are rarer sounds, limited mostly to names, loanwords, and particularly archaic terms.
(If this isn't showing up for you as Hiveswap troll script, there's a problem, and this page won't be nearly as fun.)
|a, ə||d||ɛ||f||g||h||i, ə||ʒ||k||l||m||n||o|
|p||r||s||t||u||v||z, ks||j, aɪ||z||kw||ħ|
Doubled letters are also meaningful. Normally they represent consonant gemination (making a consonant longer than normal), with one notable exception (hh) indicated above.
Alternian is agglutinative and heavy on prefixes. Descriptors and adjectives both precede their nouns. Word order is typically SOV, but flips to VOS for binary (yes/no) questions.
It has four noun classes: low (or "warm"), high (or "cool"), neutral (or "green"), and wild. It also has four-ish cases (nominative, accusative, dative/lative, genitive/ablative), marked by prepositional particles which agree with the noun's class (with the exception of pronouns, which are classes by implicit status -- blood caste, the speaker's opinion, etc.)
Verbs conjugate by tense (past, present, future), number (singular versus plural), and five different registers of formality: honorific, humble, formal, informal, and intimate.
Conjugation of verbs is fairly complex, involving tense, number, and level of familiarity/formality.
|Informal||ny-||nyk(a)-||i -> a*||i -> a*||ty-||tyk(a)-|
*Instead of an affix, /a/ replaces the final vowel of the verb.
Alternian has five commonly used registers of formality/intimacy:
*Written as xi and xa, respectively.
Alternian has a large collection of personal pronouns with varying implications, not entirely unlike, say, Japanese or Thai.
All nouns pluralize with the prefix
/uspe/ (shirt) --> /
/karo/ (beast) --> /
/miakaro/ (meowbeast) --> /mia
* The words for things like "enemy" or "friend" in Alternian are... complex. Any troll who isn't a quadrant or extremely close can be classified as "enemy" due to Alternia's constantly hostile social scene, so any troll even slightly unknown can and should still be viewed with suspicion.
Following from this, and tying slightly into the psychology behind kismessitude: a known enemy is considered less dangerous than an unknown one. Thus "akyon ho muxa" (my enemy) becoming a descriptor for someone likely friendly -- this is your enemy in particular, one you know and can deal with, but "sotan akyo" (that enemy over there) becoming a term for a more potentially threatening individual -- a distant enemy, less easily identified and known.
As a result, there are a number of troll words encompassing various degrees of familiarity, tolerance, wariness, and percieved threat, many of which translate as "friend" as easily as they do "enemy".
** This word is actually an old loanword, now used primarily for obscenities, metaphor, and general reference to higher powers. Alternian culture is largely secular in the current era -- religion tends to be restricted to small movements and cults, most notable the indigo-caste clown cults. Most trolls consider the two concepts synonymous.
|CG:||GREETINGS, WORTHLESS HUMAN.|
|CG:||THIS IS YOUR GOD SPEAKING (lit. "YOUR GOD SPEAKS")|
Because I felt like it, I'm trying out some different homebrewed Alternian script fonts. You can see the test page here.