Okay, so I am riffing off of a few things – Inspector Caracal mentioning changing an extant conlang to a syllabary, part of the Extra Credits History on the written language, a few ideas that popped into my head while in a meeting.
This is a new language and doesn’t have a world yet, oops.
The idea is: There are a list of words which are “base” words, one sound, one syllable, and THOSE words make up the base characters.
And from there, other words use those characters and those syllables.
Me/I – yi
(this i is an ih sound as in it)
You – fi
Them – Ji
Food – ni
Fire – ri
Shelter – vil
Fuel – wil
Baby – zi
Child – ziz
Mother – li
Sire – fij
Sex/intercourse – jij
OAts – – rin
Wheat – win
Corn – zin
Seed crop – vin
Root food – fiff
Cook won (woah-n)
Pick/Gather – lon
Carry – von
Eat – non
Nurse – thon
Have sex – joj
-oa To do the verb (nonoa – She ate the food)
-oo – to have done to (nonoo – She was eaten by the tiger)
-en to do as a collaborate (nonen – they ate dinner)
-ya – verb with no actor (nonya – eating )
This doesn’t allow for tense or plurals or conjugation yet! One slow step at a time.
Plus, I have a handful of nouns and verbs but no descriptors yet, and I really want at least 50 syllables.
But it’s a start.
Also, I’m starting this set of syllables from as simple as a I can – just beyond hunter-gatherer.
I know I’m probably missing words – I wrote that list in the middle of a meeting.