BASIC GUIDE TO ONLASH (The Onlashian Language)
[THIS SECTION WILL BE UPDATED REGULARLY AS THE SERIES GROWS]
I am not a linguist, but will strive to explain the use of Onlash to those who may be interested.
General Sentence Structure:
Onlash is a deceptively simple language, the main difference between that and English is that the verb is always put at the end of the sentence. (Object, subject, verb, in that order) Obviously there are some exceptions to this, but for basic use, this rule would suffice.
Eg: Instead of "The man walks to the city." It would be "To the city the man walk."
Or "I am sorry to bother you." Will be "Sorry to bother you I am"
The verb 'to be'
Everyone 'is' ('a)
- I am - La'a
- He is - Nu'a
- They are - Mer'a
Past tense and Future tense are shown by an 'indicator' word.
- Past - Ghorra
- Future - Gentak
This word is placed at the start of the sentence. If a specific time or date is used, that would be placed immediately after the tense indicator. Thereafter the sentence takes the standard format. "In the past, Friday, to the city the man walk."
Vowels and vowel sounds: Sounds are mostly rounded.
- A - as in 'bath'
- E - as in 'echo'
- I - as in 'in'
- O - as in 'ox'
- U - is pronounced similar to the double o in 'cool'
- Y - is pronounced similar to double e in 'sleep', but extended into a longer sound, (eehee)
Combinations of vowels would be pronounced as separate sounds.. therefore the name Dai would be Da-I and the ii of Vishii would be two short 'i' sounds.
Ya (Yes) would be pronounced 'Eeheeha'
Mostly harsh and pronounced, except for the sibilants and 'sh'
- 'ck' - a click sound produced by pressing the tongue against the palate, and pulling it away sharply.
- 'gh' - guttural 'g' produced by vibrating the back the tongue against the soft palate.
- 'r' - rolled (vibrating the tip of the tongue in the space just above the back of the front teeth)
- 'sh' - similar to 'sheep'
- 'ch' - similar to 'cheap'
In general s, sh, sj and ch sounds are sibilant and prolonged.