Languages

Brithenig

Fact corner

  • Language: Brithenig
  • Created: 1996
  • Alternate names: -
  • SIL-code: cbzt
  • Language family: Conlang
  • Number of speakers: -
  • Script: Latin script

Introduction

Brithenig is an invented language, or constructed language ("conlang"). It was created as a hobby in 1996 by Andrew Smith from New Zealand, who also invented the alternate history of Ill Bethisad to "explain" it.

Brithenig was not developed to be used in the real world, like Esperanto or Interlingua, nor to provide detail to a work of fiction, like J.R.R. Tolkien's Elvish tongues or Klingon from the Star Trek scenarios. Rather, Brithenig started as a thought experiment to create a Romance language that might have evolved if Latin had displaced Old Celtic as the spoken language of the people in Great Britain.

The verb

The verb conjugations are complex, characterized by initial consonant mutations.

Sample verb: cantar

Indicative Conditional Subjunctive Participles
Present Imperfect Past definite Future Present Past
Sg.1 gant gantaf gantaf aigantar ewgantar gant gantas Present: cantan
Sg.2 gant gantaf gantaf agantar ewgantar gant gantas
Sg.3 cant cantaf cantast cantara cantarew cant cantas
Pl.1 chantan chantafan chantafan anchantar ewnchantar chanten chantassen Past: cantad
Pl.2 chantath chantafath chantast athchantar ewthchantar chanteth chantasseth
Pl.3 chantant chantafant chantarent antchantar ewntchantar chantent chantassent

Sample verbs

Click verbs to conjugate them in the table above!
cantar, comer, partir.

Irregular verb: gweddir

 Indicative present
Sg.1wa
Sg.2wa
Sg.3gwa
Pl.1wan
Pl.2wath
Pl.3want
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