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Gatrubbian Language

The Gatrubbians are a humanoid race who originally resided in the Gatrubbe system. Their culture is probably best known for their devotion to their gods, the Writers, which they claim continually write the universe into existence.

Phonemes

Aa/a/ as in away
Ee/e/ as in met
Ii/i:/ as in see
Üü/u:/ as in blue
Uu/^/ as in cup
Oo/ou/ as in go
Šš/sh/ as in she
Ss/s/ as in sun
Kk/k/ as in cat
Mm/m/ as in man
Nn/n/ as in no
Ll/l/ as in leg
Gg/g/ as in give
Tt/t/ as in tea
Bb/b/ as in bad
Rr/r/ as in red
Vv/v/ as in voice

Personal Pronouns

  Nominative Accusative Dative Genitive
First–Person Singular šašamšagšat
First–Person Plural šakšakamšakagšakat
Second–Person Singular raramragrat
Second–Person Plural rakrakamrakagrakat
Third–Person Masculine mamammagmat
Third–Person Feminine lalamlaglat
Third–Person Plural makmakammakagmakat

Nouns

All nouns in the Gatrubbian language decline based on their gender. Masculine nouns in the nominative case end in –a or –e. Feminine nouns in the nominative case end in a consonant. Plural nouns in the nominative end in –k if the singular noun is masculine and –ik if the singular nouns is feminine. In the accusative case masculine nouns drop their final vowel and append –em. Feminine and plural nouns append –i. In the dative case, masculine nouns drop their final vowel and append –en. Feminine and plural nouns append –u. In the genitive case masculine nouns drop the final vowel and append –er. Feminine and plural nouns append –o. The table below gives an example of noun declension using the word rima meaning ship and the word kurn meaning plant.

  Nominative Accusative Dative Genitive
ship rimarimemrimenrimer
ships rimakrimakirimakurimako
plant kurnkurnikurnukurno
plants kurnikkurnikikunikukurniko

Verbs

Verbs within the Gatrubbian language end in –at in the infinitive. The table below gives an example of verb conjugation using the word mukrat meaning to run.

Infinitive–atmukrat
First–Person Singular–ašmukraš
First–Person Plural–ašikmukrašik
Second–Person Singular–armukrar
Second–Person Plural–arikmukrarik
Third–Person Masculine–ammukram
Third–Person Feminine–almukral
Third–Person Plural–amikmukramik

Past Tense

The Gatrubbian language contains both a perfective past tense and an imperfective past tense. The perfective tense is used to describe an action that has been completed whereas the imperfective indicates an ongoing activity. The perfective case is indicated by the ending –ag on the verb in question and the imperfective case is indicated by the ending –ak on the verb.

Infinitive–atmukrat
Perfective Past Tense–agmukrag
Imperfective Past Tense–agmukrak

Future Tense

The ending –av on a verb indicates an action that will be complete or started in the future.

Infinitive–atmukrat
Future Tense–agmukrav

Dictionary

The linked document gives examples of the language with translation.

Gatrubbian Vocabulary

Example Text

Šam imaramik Bresa Vosi. Ot šar gata. Ma brunam na Gatrobi. ša tregag na Rimem. ša tralag šamigat. Rimem imarag Mutra. Kru mak glabak karaki, gaba atnibag makag. Kru mak atnibag rimen gaber rima orikrag šakam. Mutra tüskag na übem. Ša ormag. Asil rima. Lar šaran grutag šam. Ša mi tiraš kras ša garag.

My name is Bresa Voci. This is my story. It begins on Gatrubbe. I worked on a ship. I worked as an engineer. The ship was called the Journey. When we were travelling the stars, we received a message. When we arrived at the ship who had sent the message, the ship attacked us. Journey crashed on a planet. I slept. The Axel is a ship. Her captain found me. I donít know how I lived.