Alvésin is a language spoken in southeastern Antrium, specifically in the province of Alvés-Navlan. It is also spoken in South Antrium, one of two official languages there. It is based off of English and French. Many place names in Antrium and almost all of the names of Antrian people are in Alvésin.
- 1 History
- 2 Speakers
- 3 Dialects
- 4 Pronunciation
- 5 Grammar
- 6 Vocabulary
Not much is known about the history of Alvésin, because most of the older writings have been destroyed or lost. It is assumed to have originated in what is now Antrium, but no one is sure when the language was created.
It is known that the Alvési tribe have spoken it for many years. They conquered the neighboring Navlanis in a very long and brutal war, and spread the language to them.
It was not widely taught in most of American Federalist, and was reduced to under 50,000 speakers at one time. Schools in western American Federalist started teaching it in 2001, 4 years before the foundation of Antrium, and it has gained many speakers since then.
In 2002, The Orîtan R. Révané Dictionary of Alvésin was written, which set spelling standards that were very unclear prior to its publishing. Since then, many people in Antrium have learned the language. It is now the third official language of Antrium.
In 2006, De Akademî do Alvésin was established, which now regulates the language. They can add new words to the language when needed. They completely changed the number system, after many complaints about extremely long words when speaking about large numbers.
Another recent change was the addition of new letters to replace digraphs, which the Akademî thought were making the language more difficult. They also replaced ī and ū with î and û, respectively, to make it easier to type on non-Alvésin keyboards.
In the most recent Antrium census, it was estimated that about 3,500,000 Antrians know at least an upper high school level of Alvésin. It is spoken mainly in the provinces of Alvés-Navlan and Soréto, where the government requires schools to teach Alvésin, but it is spreading quickly throughout Antrium.
In 2006, the Antrian government approved a plan to give bonuses to schools that teach Alvésin. This is expected to raise the number of schools teaching the language. It is estimated that over 22 million Antrians will know at least a basic knowledge of Alvésin by 2007. The South Antrian government made Alvésin one of their two official languages when it was founded in 2006. This is expected to increase the number of speakers.
In South Antrium
Alvésin was chosen as one of two official languages of South Antrium, along with Aramaic. It is estimated that 89% of its 145,000 citizens speak Alvésin.
South Antrian Alvésin speakers (known as Soralvéskîr, which is based off of "Sorét Alvéskîr", meaning "south Alvésophones") will sometimes use the letters C and Y in writing, especially in Biblical nouns. They want to keep the names as close to the Biblical version as they can, and refuse to change these two letters. C is usually pronounced as the letters K or S, and Y is pronounced as the letter Î.
The Alvésin alphabet consists of 29 letters (9 vowels, 20 consonants) and is very similar to the English alphabet. Some of the accented letters are borrowed from French, and some accents are unique to the language. The letters c, q, x, and y are not included.
Alvésin is easier to learn to spell than most other languages, because it does not use silent letters. All words are spelled as they sound. All letters only make one sound, so there is no confusion in pronunciation.
a à b d e é f g h i î j k ķ l m n o p r s ş t ţ u û v w z
Note: The Alvésin alphabet used to include the letter ñ, but in the most recent edition of the Orītan R. Révané Dictionary, the letter was removed due to its rare usage. Ñ has been replaced with nīū, which sounds very similar.
Note: De Akademî do Alvésin added the letters ķ, ş, and ţ in 2006, and replaced macron accents with circumflexes.
|( X-SAMPA)||(ASCII Phonetic Alphabet)|
|A a||@||@ as in English cat or black|
|À à||A||a: or o as in English father or rock|
|B b||b||b as in English bad or banana|
|D d||d||d as in English did or dark|
|E e||E||e as in English bed or met|
|É é||eI or e||ei as in English say or eight, or French étape|
|F f||f||f as in English find or if|
|G g||g||g as in English give or flag|
|H h||h||h as in English how or hill|
|I i||I||i as in English hit or sitting|
|Î î||i||i: as in English see or heat|
|J j||Z||Z as in English pleasure or French je or juin|
|K k||k||k as in English cat or back|
|Ķ ķ||tS||tS as in English check or church (formerly kh)|
|L l||l||l as in English leg or little|
|M m||m||m as in English man or lamp|
|N n||n||n as in English no or nine|
|O o||oU||Ou as in English go or road|
|P p||p||p as in English pot or place|
|R r||r\||r as in English red or angry|
|S s||s||s as in English scare or sun|
|Ş ş||S||S as in English she or crash (formerly sh)|
|T t||t||t as in English too or tea|
|Ţ ţ||T||th as in English both or thought (formerly th)|
|U u||u||u: as in English blue or food|
|Û û||U||u or .. as in English put or cinema|
|V v||v||v as in English five or valley|
|W w||w||w as in English wet or French l'ouest|
|Z z||z||z as in English zoo or lazy|
àî = ai as in English eye or five
aw = au as in English out or n'ow
îû = j as in English yes or yellow
|English Pronoun||Alvésin Pronoun||Alvésin Possessive Pronoun|
|You all (or French vous)||Tos||Tosî|
All verbs in Alvésin end in -īr or -ér. To conjugate an -īr or -ér verb, you simply remove the īr or ér and put in the appropriate verb ending from the chart below.
Note: only the first verb in the sentence needs to be conjugated.
|Pronoun||Verb ending for -îr verbs||Verb ending for -ér verbs|
The pronoun and conjugated verb are connected by a hyphen if there are no words between them. (example: "I want to go" is Jà-desīs galér, and "I don't want to go" is Jà no desīs galér)
The pronoun comes before the verb unless it is a question, in which case the verb would come before the pronoun. (example: "I want to go" is Jà-desīs galér, and "I want to go?" is Desīs-jà galér?)
To make a verb negative, add no before the verb (example: "I do not walk" is Jà no vàlkés)
To make a verb future tense, add àr to the end of the verb (example: "I will walk" is Jà vàlkésàr)
To make a verb past tense, add éo to the end of the verb (example: "I walked" is Jà vàlkéséo)
To make a command, use the to form of the verb when addressing one person (example: "Look!" is "Vàtķket!") and use the tos form of the verb when addressing multiple people. (example: "Look!" is "Vàtķkérez!")
Some Common Verbs
Basic Words And Phrases
|How are you?||Wà felît-to?|
|I am feeling well/feeling OK/not feeling well||Jà felîs béo/felîs àr lîn/no felîs béo|
|which/what/where/when/who/why/how/how many||kel/wà/vér/à wà tem/hu/vor wà/îelé/îelékàn|
|I am from Sivaris, in Antrium.||Jà-hérîs do Sîvàrîs, on Antrîûm.|
|yes, no, maybe||wî, no, pelîm-étîr|
|OK, I agree||ako, jà-grîtîs|
|I need help, Help!||Jà-rékwîs de asistàns, Asistàn!|
|Do you speak Alvésin?||Férît-to spàkîr Alvésîn?|
|Yes, I speak Alvésin.||Wî, jà-spàkîs Alvésîn.|
|What is your name?||Kel nom avît-to?|
|My name is Ràtéraj.||Jà-avîs de nom Ràtéraj.|
|How old are you?||Îelékàn anas avît-to?|
|I am forty-seven years old.||Jà-avîs des fortàn-vet anàs.|
|How much does it cost?||Wà ho-kustîm?|
|It costs 9 verinos and 16 cents.||Ho-kustîm nàv verînos àn tàn-sîks sentîs. (Ho-kustīm nàv tàn-sīx.)|
Note: The Alvésin number system was revised by De Akademî do Alvésîn because of extremely long words. They couldn't fix the problem for extremely large numbers, but they decided that there was a need for words like "hundred" instead of "ten tens." The revised edition is as follows.
To make ordinal numbers: Add "-îl" to the end of the number.
Examples: 1st - unîl, 24th - tutànforîl
To make fractions: Say the number, then "àn" (and), then the number of portions, then the ordinal number for the portion.
Examples: 1 1/2 - un àn un tuîl, 2 3/4 - tu àn tér forîls
To make decimals: Say the number, then "pwan" (point), then the number in the decimal.
Examples: 1.38 - un pwan tértànàl, 16.71 - tànsîks pwan vetànun
Time and Date
|What time is it?||Wà étîm-ho de tem?|
|It is four twenty-six PM.||Ho-étîm de tem for tutànsîks on de aftramîdî.|
|morning, afternoon, night||de matàî, de aftramîdî, de nuî|
|What is today's date?||Wà étîm-ho de dàt do seljor?|
|Today is Monday, May 22nd, 2006.||Seljor étîm jormàn, de tutàntuîl màntemàî, tunàksîks.|
|yesterday, today, tomorrow||préjor, seljor, nekjor|
|Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday||jorsol, jormàn, jortur, jorwé, jorţu, jorfrî, jorsat|
|January, February, March, April, May, June||màntejàl, màntefré, màntemàr, màntepur, màntemàî, màntevér|
|July, August, September, October, November, December||màntejul, màntehàz, màntantrîen, màntelev, màntenon, màntehol|
|What is the weather like today?||Wà étim-ho de konîtîs seljor?|
|It is cloudy, with a chance of rain.||De konîtîs étîm klotîv, ek de ķàn do pur.|
|rain, ice, snow, sleet, hail, freezing rain||pur, îz, îzvàlkrûs, îzdros, îzķàls, pur-îzîv|
|sunny, cloudy, stormy, raining, snowing||sunîv, klotîv, stormîv, purîv, îzvàlîv|
|freezing, cold, cool, warm, hot||fré-mortîv, frézîv, avrîv, julîv, hàzîv|
|It is 30 degrees today.||De konîtîs étîm tértàn dégrés seljor.|
Places and Directions
|Where is the restroom?||Vér étîm-ho de bantep?|
|grocery store, bank, church, park, school, hospital||awtonos-marché, verinîk, rélîjîk, pàrk, édukîk, helànîk|
|mall, city hall, police station, fire station, post office||sàntré-màrché, govérnîk do sîté, stàsîn-polîs, stàsîn-férgrû, postalîk|
|restaurant, house, airport, bus stop, stadium||awtonorîk, mésàn, érport, aret do bus, stadem|
|I need directions, How far is it to ____?||Jà-rékwîs des lokîrs, Wà destéo étîm-ho de ______?|
|meters, kilometers||metàrs, tometàrs|
|turn left, turn right, go straight, stop||tulît lev, tulît rît, galet foràrd, àret|
IDU Country Names
|English||Alvésin Country Name||Alvésin Adjective (plural)|
|Antrium/The Grand Democracy of Antrium||Antrîûm/De Gràn Démokràj do Antrîûm||Antrîen(s)|
|Sober Thought||Ţàréràn Sobrû||Sobrîen(s)|
|South Antrium/The Christian Republic of South Antrium||Antrîûm Sorét/De Républîk Krîstîen do Antrîûm Sorét||Antrîûm-Sorétîj(às)|
|Xtraordinary Gentlemen||Ekstrordinérî Gentûlmûn||Ekstrordinérîj(às)|
|International Democratic Union||Intûrnasîonel Unîàn Démokrajîk||Intûrnasîonel-Unîàn-Démokrajîken(s) (Îudéen[s])|
|English Name||Alvésin Name||Alvésin Adjective|