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Sed - A language by Christopher Dicke
Version 1.3

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Sed is a language that I am in the process of creating. What's it's purpose? None, I suppose. if people like it, all the better. As J.R.R. Tolkien created languages such as Quenya and Sindarin for his own pleasure, so it is with Sed. It will most likely be renamed at some point. I am currently quite happy with it's name, but I was also quite happy with it's previous name, so don't be surprised if the name changes suddenly, or frequently. Here Sed can be seen in it's infancy. I am currently creating the base words from which I will extend the rest of the vocabulary.

I have not read any guides on creating languages (seems to me like that would take all the fun out of it - makes things way too easy), and I am not very well versed in languages either. I failed, or came close to failing, almost all of my English classes. However, my English language skills excel regardless. (there's some evidence of how poor public education is, people) Due to my poor grades (and attention) in those classes, I don't really know the terms for that which comprises a language. It is only recently that I found out what diphthong and diaeresis mean, and I have difficulty remembering what some of even the basic terms refer to. As this is the case, this should prove to be an interesting project. Both for me, and for anyone interested in what my language will turn out like with such knowledge as I have. I have no idea if I shall ever finish this, or if I will even work on it more than a week (I only began to really seriously work on this a few days ago)

As far as grammar, I will write up some detailed info on it once it is more stable. Right now it's too early to so much as form a sentence, unless you are using English grammar, which would be very incorrect. The only sure thing on sentence structure that I am willing to say right now, is that I want it to be logical. (maybe I should just learn Lojban... Nah, too easy...)

Emphasis on words follows English rules . All words are spelt phonetically, according to the rules of Fonetik. There are no silent letters.

Update (Nov 13, 02 - 11:16 PM CST): Sed is modified to use Fonetik 1.2.

Update (Nov 11, 02 - 2:03 AM CST): Sed will soon be modified to use the Fonetik alphabet and spelling. Not sure what I'm going to do about the rr in Sed, though, since it breaks a primary rule of Fonetik. I hope I won't have to use some random rarely seen character like µ.

----- Pronunciation Key -----
See Fonetik for information on writing and pronunciation of written Sed. The following are deviations from standard Fonetik.
Written as
is pronounced like
æ Æ replaces Fonetik's ae. Codes are Alt-0230 and Alt-0198
rr as in Spanish rolled rr

----- Punctuation and Structure Deviances -----
The subject is always the first word in a sentance
"The" follows it's subject (see it in the Wordlist and Examples list for more information)
If there is only one sentance in a paragraph, using a period at the end is unnecessary
Pronouns are not capitalized (or maybe just not "I")

----- Wordlist -----
0 fahl
1 jhin
2 koh
3 kahz
4 yin
5 tahn
6 jhet
7 silvah
8 bræ
9 ahn
10 jinsah
20 kosah
30 kahsah
40 yinsah
50 tahnsah
60 jhesah
70 silvahsah
80 bræsah
90 ahnsah
100 jin--?
air ai
and el
anger rrahl
are roh
battle tæs
begin sæah
burn rahq
come kah
dark rrhet
day (a day long) saht
day (day-time) sai
death prohg
end por
fight tæza
fire roq
fly sær
go -kü
great (size) siv
happy kahl
hate rrawlos
I en
ice shar
if bahn
-ing -a
is -tü
joy kawlos
life kohl
light sæl (day-spirit)
like ("I like that") kër
live kohlen (originally kohlohn)
long time gohl


me men
mind kawl
my -rren
night rrhetah
of o
pain kai
-s -vah (end -> ends; break -> breaks)
-s (pluralize) -sahn
sleep proh
speak sel
spirit ær
the -ta (at end of subject - "The weapons" is not tærtasah, but tærsahta)
think kor
this til
time go
to (at)
to (future-tense) ohrü (as in "want to live")
to (go to) -kü
until rog
walk vær
wander væros
want bohr
war tæziv
water sil
weapon tær
will (shall) -soh
with vil
you al

----- Tenses and Miscellany -----
past-tense -ad
present-tense -ohn (can be reduced to -en)
action (present) -en or -n

----- Non-Standard Miscellany -----
for an extended period of time non-standard -os (vær (walk) becomes væros (wander))
1 zero -sah (10 is jhinsah, 70 is silvahsah)

----- Examples -----
Literal English
I like flying. Flying, I, like. Særa en kër
I love you. Love, I, you. Kærr en al
I will walk to the water. Walk-to, I willl, the-water. Værkü ensoh silta
It is a long time until night ends, and day begins. Long time- (it)-is, until, night, ends; and, day, begins. Gohltü rog rrhetah porvah, el sai sæan
My weapon of burning. Weapon my, of, burning. Tærren o rahqa
The spirits are flying in the air. The-spirits, are, flying, in, the-air. Ærsahnta roh særa læ aita
The weapons are burning. The-weapons, are, burning. Tærsahnta roh rahqa
Come with me, if you want to live.   Kah vil men, bahn al bohr ohrü Kohlen.