- Language: Hattic
- Created: 1996
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- Language family: fictional diachronic language
A constructed language by Jan van Steenbergen.
The Hattic language (zõjuk Chader) constitutes a separate branch of the Indo-European family. It can be classified as a kentum language, somewhere between Tocharian and the Germanic languages. Both vocabulary and grammar are systematically derived from PIE roots according to fixed phonological rules. Characteristic is the frequent use of nasal vowels and spirants. (It should be noted that Hattic has nothing in common with the ancient, non-IE language of the same name, spoken in Anatolia long ago.) Currently, Hattic has only one sister language, Askaic; this number, however, is likely to grow with the years.
Language sources: The Indo-European family as a whole; Proto-Indo-European; and Tocharian, a language I am particularly fond of.
My goal is to make a language that is both esthetically pleasing and as naturalistic as a language can be. The vast majority of the words are systematically derived from Indo-European roots along fixed phonological rules; some words are borrowed from other languages; perhaps 10 % of the words are entirely made up by myself in a way that fits the whole.
I think the concept might be interesting for a couple of others.