- Grammar and Punctuation
- Verbs and Conjugation
Batbia (or Botbian in English) is a new conlang developed by various BotBrs. In the future, hopefully all BotBrs will know this language and communicate in it. Right now, it is in beginning development stages.
It's a phonetic, simple, conlang based on Germanic, Latin, Ugric, and Japanese structures made to evolve quickly and to be as simple as possible. It can borrow words but words can be made up using its character set and made to flow with its evolving structure.
The philosophy of Batbia is to keep it simple. There is no gender, plural or conjunctions. Words can also be combined to make contraction words of conjoined concept; much like Germanic languages.
The roots of words are made to be compressed and built onto like construction blocks. Concepts can be added onto other concepts to marry them and make them into other useful words. The goal is to have as few root words as possible so each word is a logical construction. Words should remain short and be an intuitive icon for the concept or definition. The force or lack of for the consonants or vowels should feel like or remind you of the word meant.
Batbia is made to be a lyrical and rhythmic language; being that it has some Japanese basis of beat for syllable. For example: "ek koname musike" has 8 syllables. The 'k' at the end of "ek" has an equal, aspirated, hanging breath and beat/syllable after the consonant not proceeded with a vowel.
Batbia is pronounced phonetically if you understand Latin consonants and vowels.
There are 21 letters in the Batbian alphabet; based on the Latin character set. There are no accents nor inter/intraword punctuation. 5 are vowels and 16 are consonants.
Each vowel possesses the beat and rhythm of the word. For example "aa" is prounounced "ah-ah" fluidly and quickly with two beats/syllables.
Batbian consonants are pronounced the same as english consonants. Here are the 16 consonants of Batbian:
b d f g h j k l m n p r s t v z
Grammar and Punctuation
The grammar structure is based loosely on Germanic languages. The modifier (adjective/adverb/multiplier) goes before the subject (noun/pronoun).
Ex: ek ekse mak hapel kotae ul (I am (happier/more happy) (than/as compares to) you.)
Commas can indicate an array or list of objects. Periods stop a complete sentence, etc. etc. Punctuation follows suit with European languages. There is no punctuation interword or intraword. Words are not hyphenated to be combined and not apostrophed to indicate ownership.
The numeric system in Batbian was designed to be extremely simplistic. Only digits have unique names and numbers with multiple digits consist of those digits' names.
some large numbers would be a bit unwieldy in normal so a form of e notation can be used:
When deciding between using e notation and normal notation for large numbers, pick the form that has less characters.
ek - first person
ul - second person
da - third person
To indicate multiple (plural), add num before the word (for example, "we" is num ek). If you know specifically how many people there are, it is best to just specify how many ("fo ek" = 5 of us).
Verbs and Conjugation
As an example, we'll use the verb "to be" "eksir". Verbs currently verbs only have four forms: past, present, future, and infinitive; this being much like Germanic and Latin mashed together.
eksir = infinitive
---ed = past
---e = present
---il = future
Ex: da eksil (he/she/it will be)