What is Yskarr? What is it all about?

Yskarr is a language that I have constructed. Although my knowledge of linguistics is very limited, with the resources at my disposal (primarily the internet, some books, Duolingo, and a high-school education in English grammar) I truly believe Yskarr is at bare minimum a functional language. Well, the syntax is functional. The lexicon is incomplete because I have a bajillion other projects.

My goal was to make the language functional at communicating while being as simplistic grammar-wise as possible. Anyone should be able to pick it up in a day. It took many hours and many revisions, and will likely undergo many more revisions in days to come.

This is not a re-lexification of English but as English is the only language I speak, there’s likely a great deal of English syntax bias.

To see my work-in-progress lexicon and follow along with the expansion of the language, head to this link here.

What are the pronunciation rules?

There’s not much to it.

The ‘R’ is pronounced like the Japanese ‘R’, like the D in ‘duh’ but a little less hard.

All vowels are as fluidic as possible, to an exaggerated degree. U’s are pronounced like the ‘ooh’ in ‘pool’.

Sentence structure

The format is as follows:

verb, noun as suffix connected to verb, direct object

sriilsk’i iri == i ate food.

Sri == ate, il’sk’i == denotes self, iri == food.

Other possible spellings are Srisk’i iri, Sril’sk’i il iri, and Srisk’i il iri. (Syntax: Ate I food, Ate the I the food, and Ate I the food.)

‘il’ is a placeholder, similar to our word ‘the’. The only reason it is used is to separate the prefix from the suffix in order to make them easier to distinguish, or to remove ambiguity if it exists.

The format for prepositions

The format is as follows:

Preposition, noun. (may also be Preposition, “il”, noun.)

How to denote ownership

‘ski is tacked onto a noun. e.g. “karil’ski – my pen”

NOTE: ‘ski is grammatically different than sk’i.