Language: Shai Common

Témia (Témiou)

té = demon

mia = daughter
miou = son
mi = offspring/child

apostrophes are not used; hyphens are rare.

possessives are created by adding a word at the end with no apparent conjunction or punctuation, like "daughter of demon" is "demondaughter" sort of thing. formal names (Bob son of Dave) follow suite (Bob Daveson).

vowels: a (ah), à (cat), e (eh), é (ey), i (ee), î (ih, 0238), o (oh), u (uh), ou (oo), ai (eye)
common (mostly long+short, long+long): ao, àou, éa, éo, éou, éai, ia, io, iou, iai, oa, oé, oi, oué, oui, ouai, aia, aio, aiou

consonants: b, c (soft), d, f, g (hard), h, j (soft), k, l, m, n, p, r, s (z), t, v, w, x (sk), y
common: bb, gg, kk, nn, rr, ss (soft), tt, th (soft), ssh (soft), gh (soft, like j in jug), rh, kh (tch), yh

commonly CVC, CVCV, CVCVC, VCV, VCVC. rare to start a word with a combo.

genderization is -a (female), -ou (male), -aou (both) and comes at the end of the word. gender is considered a courtesy to clarify, and misgendering is rude, but not gendering is much less so.

pluralization is -yé in most cases and is the only thing that comes after gender. (miyé, téyé, miayé, miouyé, etc) plain y is rarely used otherwise; it evolved out of the language, though it was common at the root tongue.

verbs are conjugated with hyphens (really the only place hyphens show up). pronoun-tense-verbroot (or noun tense-verbroot).
tenses are simple (my standard): past, past-now, now, now-future, future, infinity.
pronouns are simple: I, you, it, + plural, + gender.

negation is ao- in front of the word (no hyphen).
questions are bu- in front of the verb (occasionally the pronoun/adj where necessary and/or applicable).
adj/adv come after the word they modify and usually start with rhou- (same as -ly).

sentence structure is OSV. (the cat I will get, the sword he has broken, the man she has slain.) indirect objects are attached by 'bé noun'. (the cat I will give to her.) bé is to/at; more specialized words exist for other prepositions, but the list is much shorter than in English.

directions are glommed on to the end of verbs or prepositions. (gosouth, walkforward, to[the left])

very blunt language. no modifiers for -ish or -acious or very. (he is tired - not he is very tired or he is kinda tired.)

dialects mostly involve pronunciation and sound frequency, but many have evolved their root words (verbroots especially) in some direction or another.

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