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Borelian Verbs: Infixes

Grammar 1, Infixes for Passivity

Today's short lesson will be on the passive infix.  Verbs are typically either active or passive.

Active: I hit the ball.
Passive: The ball was hit by me.

The passive voice is more prevalent than one might expect in Borelian society as it adds yet another …

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Borelian Verbs: Prefixes

Grammar 1, Dwi

This month we have the introduction of the prefix “dwi-” (or just “dw-” before a vowel). This prefix attaches to a noun and forces it to become a verb.

Understand, however, that this phenomenon is considered very awkward, even if grammatically correct, since most Borelix…

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Borelian Verbs: Circumfixes

Circumfixes tell us when an action happened. They are all that is required when combining two pronouns or nouns, or a noun or pronoun and adjective.

Ancient Past

General Past

Near Past

Now

N…

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Introduction to Borelian Verbs

This is going to be a fairly long post, but it will cover the basics of Borelian verbs, what you need to know as we get into each part individually.

We'll start with the easy stuff.

Part One: Classes

Class I: Single Letter Verbs

This is a very small classification of verbs and is sometim…

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Word Dump

I know I promised it a while ago, but here is a nice word list for you to study and learn, to describe the world around you and practice some basic, simple sentences.

Basic Words

Anatomy

Avin – head

vin – face

Sn – Arm

Del – Leg

Zothin – Horn

Crim – Blood

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Simple Negation

Negation is fairly straightforward, though it has its quirks. For a standard negation, simply change the first circumfix particle of the verb by adding “d-” or “da-” if a consonant. For example.

O Morjak in ik o.
Morjak is the priest.

Do Morjak in ik o.
Morjak is not the priest.

W…

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Tongue Twisters and Other Mean Things

I know that there isn't much you can do with the sparse words and grammar I've given you, so to distract you from my laziness and slight ineptitude, I've decided to launch some tongue twisters on you, both for the fun of it and to reinforce some of the points of lenition and appropriate pronunciatio…

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Equative Sentences

I know it's been a while.  If you don't know that the world has gotten crazy (regardless of your views of it), then you've been living under a rock and I kind of want to join you.  Hopefully things will now get back on track.

In the last post, I gave you some basic first words.  Numbers, colors…

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First Words in Borelian

Since the last post could feel overwhelming with all the rules and such, I decided that this post would be a little easier and more along the lines of "first words" that you can use to impress your friends, I guess.

Numbers (Ul Nis)

0 - Da
1 - Tev
2 - Si
3 - Wol
4 - Bar
5 - Bri

Colors …

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Lenition in Modern Borelian

Despite the loss of tones in Modern Borelian, lenition still helps it retain its original, more melodic qualities.  Lenition helps to avoid awkward consonant clusters when words run into each other.  It is believed that this modern lenition has to do with grammatical genders that are also no longer …

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