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Aitouan Language (Commentary Allowed)

Postby Aitou » Tue May 28, 2024 1:37 pm

The Aitouan language, known as Ainkou, is a language isolate, retaining no outside influences or vocabulary. It is unique for its colorful writing system and simple orthography. Interestingly, all words are contronyms and have no synonyms.

Unlike traditional writing systems, Ainkou uses an ideomorphological system - symbols represent grammatical concepts. Comprised of three colors (red, blue, and green), hieroglyphs resemble strings of flowers. Each color has the listed meaning:
    Traditionally, red is an ominous but passionate color, representing the anti-soul. As touching it without protection is a bad omen, it is believed that even seeing it will spell the onset of an action. According, red represents actions.
    A purifying color in the Aitouan culture, it represents the sky, water, and energy. Considered exquisite, it is believed that blue is the energy of the soul, especially light. In the linguistic world, blue represents nouns.
    Green is the color of nature, plants, and earthly matter. Pure energy itself, green brings vitality, its mixture among other colors bringing balance and harmony. Grammatically, green represents adjectives.
Written up-to-down first then left-to-right, a writer uses a brush and palette to create a picture. Written on a white background, brown is used for lines, connecting stems together, similar to Incan quipu, to indicate or convey topics/subjects and context.

Different shades convey emphasis; lighter paint creates more generalization, whereas darker paint creates specification. For example, yellow denotes an adverb, with light yellow signifying a weak adverb, while a darker yellow signifying a strong adverb.

Magenta simultaneously denotes a noun and an action - it is used to indicate a pronoun or case. Light shades denote pronouns, while dark shades denote cases. Although cases are unpronounced, Ainkou has no word order - colors and context suffice.

Lastly, cyan indicates a noun and an adjective - it is used to signify a nominal. Lighter shades hint closer to a noun, whereas darker shades hints closer to an adjective. It is also used to indicate dialogue or phrases, including quotations, especially numericals.

Phonetically, Ainkou retains only five vowels (AEIOU) and five consonants (KMNPT). For each color, there are 25 CV phonemes and 125 CVC phonemes, excluding vowels and diphthongs; however, diphthongs do allow for nuance, acronyms, and accents.

Like Chinese characters, the complexity and color of a flower hints its context, thus pronunciation. For example, a single stroke leaf compliments a sentence/word, whereas an intricate blooming rose is a large/compound noun, verb, adjective.

Due to its intricacy, electronics require color displays, including top-to-bottom left-to-right formatting to accommodate the language. Instead of a brush and palette, a keypad allows the user to manipulate colors to type/draw, move around, or interact.

An example Ainkoun scripture

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Postby Bogestan » Tue May 28, 2024 11:58 pm

Interesting concept!
I really'd like to know more about how meaning is conveyed by such a script though. Is it the shape of flowers that does this?
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Postby Aitou » Wed May 29, 2024 2:29 pm

Bogestan wrote:Interesting concept!
I really'd like to know more about how meaning is conveyed by such a script though. Is it the shape of flowers that does this?

In Chinese and Japanese, pictograms primarily represent ideas, occasionally hinting words, especially for the latter. For example, 日 means “day”, and 月 means “moon”. Combined, 明 means “bright” in Chinese, or “light” in Japanese.

Chinese and Japanese primarily express ideas, occasionally words. Their most basic component is the radical. Any combination of radicals creates different meaning, although some hieroglyphs are very obvious, especially numbers.

Ithkuil expresses grammatical information. Its most basic component is the root phonemes. Making the slightest change in pronunciation completely alters the entire word - you are conveying extremely high context in a compact word.

Literally translated to “If only the physician wouldn’t eat his food in one gulp”, which belies its pronunciation, which is “Igrawileiţrar oi eglulôn”. The roots are eat, food, and illness - everything else is grammatical and morphological.

Similarly, Ainkou expresses grammatical concepts. Its most basic component are its petals. The shape and quantity of petals completely alters the context; however, unlike Ithkuil, Ainkou relies on color rather than phonology for expression.

To write a sentence like “I love them”, you start with two purple petals and a red petal. Historically, Aitouans used brushes to manipulate herb-water dyes. Alternatively, tree sap/oils instead of water turned them into paint.

Connecting the petals together is a receptacle, its color indicating grammatical mood. Red is the indicative and green is the subjunctive, whereas blue and white add tense. For example, light magenta is future, and dark is past.

Our example sentence is present indicative with two pronouns and one verb. Thus, a red receptacle with two purple petals and one red petal. However, flower shapes express wellness and states, which the Aitouans created as followed:
  • Roses (Emotional)
  • Orchid (Occupational)
  • Sunflowers (Intellectual)
  • Lavender (Environmental)
  • Lilies (Financial)
  • Hydrangeas (Social)
  • Tulips (Physical)
  • Lotus (Spiritual)
As the sentence is emotional and social, it’ll resemble a rose-hydrangea combination. If it was a rose, the sentence would have been outcry, but if it was a hydrangea, it would become more like “I like them”. Think of a wedding bouquet.

This example Ainkou sunflower conveys a long subjective description, more likely a paragraph than a sentence. Aside from the green stem and leaves, which is artistic stylization (like cursive), it is translated as followed:

“That the man will be highly successful is of course obvious, and also that he will soon to be fairly prosperous within the next two years, although he might ascend to better days, but less now than supposedly, pointing to a possible stagnation."

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