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Noun rules
  • Reflect their usage as plural, possessive, and indirect object.
  • Manifest in three cases: Subject-Direct Object, Possessive, and Indirect Object.
  • Decline by one of six groups based on their dictionary form.
  • Three irregular nouns exist: hfai, hfihar, and eredh. These are explained later.
  • Note that "-ha" the proper singular suffix is usually not used except when the name refers to a group, in which case the singular specifies a single member.
Noun declination table
Proper Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5
Number Case æ, e, i a, o, u (consonant) sam am
Normal -ha1
Singular Possessive s'- -n -m -ai -sem4 -em5
Dative -h'ri2 -vha -vha -evha -sevha4 -evha5
Normal su3 -in -r -ir -sai4 -ai5
Plural Possessive ch'- -en -'en -en -sen4 -en5
Dative -su'ri3 -vher -vher -evher -sevher4 -evher5
  1. [ha] is added to the root to create a singular proper noun.
  2. [h] is added if the root does not already end in 'h'.
  3. If the word root ends with and n or m then the consonate is doubled before adding +su or +su'ri as in Rihannsu or Rihannsu'ri
  4. Remove the {sam} ending before adding to the word stem.
  5. Remove the {*am} for Group 5 ending before adding to the word stem. The asterisk denotes the removal of any preceeding consonant.

Irregular Noun Declension
Number Case Servant House Clan Sibling Person Cadet
Normal Hfai Hfihar Ravsam Rhadam Eredh
Singular Possessive Hfeham Hfirh Ravsem Rhadem Eredhai
Dative Hfaevha Hfihevha Rasevha Rhaevha Eredhevha
Normal Hfehan Hfihrnn Ravsai Rhadai Eredhin
Plural Possessive Hfehen Hfihrin Ravsen Rhaden Eredhen
Dative Hfavher Hfihevher Rasevher Rhaevher Eredhevher

Deriving from verbs
+(')elh Deverbal noun. glottal stop added if root ends with i or e
> The hotel entrance is small.
> Ahr'saj na kri plhere'elh
entrance - plhere'elh
+sam Deverbal noun similar to +elh.
> His resemblance to his father is remarkable.
> Ahr'hliuhenh Diam fuhhesam nnea di'ranov
resemblance - fuhhesam
tem+ makes an action noun
entry - templhere
+lai alternate to tem+ to create action nouns
entry - plherelai
i(')+ ... +(')edh +tion / +sion permission - ivhuinedh
+nen Used to create an agent noun
+or / +er / +ist
defender - kholhnen
+asi Poetic alternative to +nen
defender - kholhasi
Rare poetic alternatives to the -nen and -asi endings
la+ ... +(e)ri Creates a noun object from the root verb.
If the root ends with an e, the e is dropped.
employee - larhudheri
+hai Alternative to la+ ... +(e)ri above
employee - rhudhhai
Deriving from other nouns
+ma +ship
> Her dictatorship
> Kasæma riam
dictatorship - kasæma
+'dænn Establishment noun form similar to -y or -cy in English
+y +cy
> The government's agency.
> Na lehrei'dænn jahkærai.
agency - lehrei'dænn
+sam +ism
> This mechanism protects the starship.
> Tivh etrehhsam khelh na khina.
mechanism - etrehhsam
Deriving from adjectives
Creates an agent noun similar to the above verb derivation.
stranger - edaolasi, edaola
+'le Similar to +ness in English
kindness - teillh'le
+sam Deverbal noun similar to the previous +sam derivations.
Rarely used. Perhaps used in poetry.
thehnhasisam is a long winded example. Using thehnhsam is better.
+no Used to form abstract nouns expressing state or condition.
Similar to -ity in English.
civility - kryrhno
Affixed noun states
al'+ Implies an improved state of the root word.
d'+ Honorific prefix for names or places, with the meaning of Great or Grand to the root word.
ehl'+ Implies a deficiency, loss, or lacking of the root word.
el' Implies an increased state, superior state, or advanced state of the root word.
ne+ Implies an decreased state, inferior state, or primitive state of the root.
Direct opposite of el'
di'+ Implies a male gender of the root word.
Used with animate nouns.
ri'+ Implies a female gender of the root word.
Used with animate nouns.
+al Implies an diminished state of the root word.
Direct opposite of al'+
+hwy Implies the root word is tamed (like a domesticated animal), held, or restrained.