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Proto-Gigxkpoyan
Pronunciation /kikxkpɔɥ/
Period ca. 10 500BK
Spoken in Eastern Coast of Amalan
Total speakers unknown
Writing system None
Classification Gigxkpoyan
Typology
Basic word order VSO or SVO
Morphology Mostly agglutinating
Alignment Nominative Dechticaetiative
Credits
Created by loglorn

HistoryEdit

The Proto-Gigxkpoyan language, the common ancestral to all Gigxpoyan languages, is agreed to have been a spoken as a single language between 11 and 10 thousand years B.K. by tribes of nomadic fisherman.

PhonologyEdit

Much of the phonetic inventory of Proto-Gigxpoyan is still disputed, but it is agreed that it had 31 consonantal phonemes and 9 vowel phonemes.

Reconstructed Proto-Gigxkpoyan Consonant Inventory
Labial Coronal* Coronal* Velar Uvular
Nasal *m *n
Plosive *p pʰ p' *t *tʰ *t' *ʈ *ʈʰ *ʈ' *k kʰ k' *q *qʰ *q'
Fricative *f *v *s *z *ʂ *ʐ *x *ɣ
Approximant *w
Flap *ɾ~ɺ

The coronal POA's contrast is debated, it is not known whether it was a contrast between alveolar and retroflex POA's or between dental and alveolar POA's.

The exact qualities of the three plosive series are also disputed, it may have been a voicing or aspiration contrast.

Reconstructed Proto-Gigxkpoyan Vowel Inventory
Front Back
High *i *y *u
High Mid *e *ø *o
Low Mid
Low *a

The exact nature of *a is not know, it may have been front, back or central.

MorphologyEdit

NounsEdit

CaseEdit

Proto-Gigxkpoyan had some prepositions, that seem to have marked case. It disputed whether they were separate words or not.

Preposition Case
Ø Nominative
*ɺø Accusative
*pɹɥutʰ Instrumental
*ɥit Genitive
*tqʰat’ at (Locative)
*ʈoɺtʰ to/from (Lative)
*kikx beyond
*ɥuw on top, above
*pqaq behind
*knuxʈʰ inside
*ptokq' after
*kʰɥupt for(time period)
*woɹʈ Benefactive

The Nominative was zero marked.

Those Prepositions applied to entire Noun Phrases as opposed to just the noun.

There was a considerable amount of locative/lative prepositions/cases.

NumberEdit

Nouns are believed to have been indefinite by default and quantification was made through quantifiers, there were different quantifiers for objects of different shapes.

The plain numbers, used for counting, were:

1 *y
2 *ʁuŋ
3 *ɳyɺ
4 *p’um
5 *ɥøɳ
6 *ʂɛpʰ
7 *ank’
8 *ɣast
9 *xɔʐp
10 *ip’t’ɣ

The quantifiers are mostly derived from those numbers, though they are not completely transparent. It is speculated that in stages anterior to Proto-Gigxpoyan proper those where more transparent.

Chart of Reconstructed Quantifiers
people children animals longthin round leaflike oblong general small general big
1 *ŋp'yɥ *ŋp'yɥ *ŋp'yɥ *ŋp'yɥ *ŋp'yɥ *ŋp'yɥ *ŋp'yɥ *ŋp'yɥ *ŋp'yɥ
2 *kʰʁuŋ *pt'wuŋ *t’ɣuŋ *ɹpɺuŋ *kkʰuŋ *tʂɣuŋ *tʰɺɹuŋ *tʰɥuŋ *nsq'uŋ
3 *kʰɳyɺ *pt'ɳyɺ *t’ɳyɺ *ɹpɳyɺ *kkʰɳyɺ *tʂɣɳyɺ *tʰɳyɺ *tʰɳyɺ *nsq'ɳyɺ
4 *kʰp'um *pt'p'um *t’p'um *ɹpp'um *kkʰp'um *tʂp'um *tʰp'um *tʰp'um *nsq'p'um
5 *kʰøɳ *pt'wøɳ *t’ɣøɳ *ɹpɺøɳ *kkʰøɳ *tʂɣøɳ *tʰɺøɳ *tʰɥøɳ *nsq'øɳ
6 *kʰʂɛpʰ *pt'ʂɛpʰ *t’ɣʂɛpʰ *ɹpʂɛpʰ *kkʰʂɛpʰ *tʂɛpʰ *tʰʂɛpʰ *tʰʂɛpʰ *nsq'ʂɛpʰ
7 *kʰank’ *pt'wank’ *t’ɣank’ *ɹpɺank’ *kkʰank’ *tʂɣank’ *tʰɺank’ *tʰɥank’ *nsq'ank’
8 *kʰɣast *pt'wast *t’ɣast *ɹpɣast *kkʰɣast *tʂɣast *tʰɣast *tʰɣast *nsq'ɣast
9 *kʰɔʐp *pt'wɔʐp *t’ɣɔʐp *ɹpxɔʐp *kkʰɔʐp *tʂɣɔʐp *tʰxɔʐp *tʰxɔʐp *nsq'xɔʐp
10 *kʰip’t’ɣ *pt'ip’t’ɣ *t’ɣip’t’ɣ *ɹpɺip’t’ɣ *kkʰip’t’ɣ *tʂɣip’t’ɣ *tʰɺip’t’ɣ *tʰɥip’t’ɣ *nsq'ip’t’ɣ
Many *kʰu *pt'y *t'ɣu *ɹpɺo *kikʰ *toʂɣ *ɹtʰɺe *tʰɥu *nsq'y

The 'Many' column referred to a large unspecified quantity and was probably used mainly to enphasise quantity. 

VerbsEdit

All verbs stems are believed to have ended in *Vɥ and when conjugating them the *ɥ was always substituted if there are suffixes (and there always is)

AspectEdit

Proto-Gigxkpoyan is an aspect heavy language, having only one tense marker, all the rest being aspectual distinctions. The aspectual markers and the future marker are treated the same.

The reconstruction listens Aspect Markers as follows

Reconstructed Aspect Markers
Perfect *-p'
Gnomic *-ʐ
Progressive *-ɺʈ'
Habitual *-ɺtʰ
Future *-pq

Those normally substituted the stem's final ɥ. There is evidence the Future Marker may have been used also as an Irrealis Marker

VoiceEdit

There were too voices additional to the unmarked active voice in Proto-Gigxkpoyan, a Passive Voice, marked with *-ɥɔɥ and a Causative Voice marked by *-t'aɥ those come after the verb stem, but before the Aspectual Marking.

When applying aspect to those forms their final ɥ is dropped. Because of that, and because these forms probably could be used as Imperatives, these may also be analyzed as derivational processes.

SubordinatorsEdit

There are a bunch of morphemes that seem to have rendered the verbs be subordinate, and are thus called Subordinators. Those had multiple functions and many are only applied to specific verb forms

Reconstructed Subordinators
Morpheme Function Applied to
*ʂq- Relativizer Can be applied to all Aspects. Marks Relative Clauses
*k'- Negative Can be applied to all Aspects. Must be used with a copula.
*t- Counterfactual Applies to the Future.
*sɛ- Simultaneous Applies to the Progressive
*ɥuɹkʰ- Sequential Applies to the Perfect
*k'aʐ- Conditional Applies to the Gnomic

Based on the semantic differences in the daughter languages, it can be reconstructed that the difference between the Counterfactual and Conditional was a contrast between a hypothetical condition and a purely implicational condition.

To Exemplify:

Counterfactual: If i where king i'd be rich and famous

Conditional: If (or when) water gets hot, it boils.

Infinitives and ImperativesEdit

The Verb without any Aspect Marking or Subordinators could be used as an Imperative or as a clausal argument (i.e. Infinitive). It seems that *miɥ could not receive the Relativizer Subordinator.

Adjectives and AdverbsEdit

Adjectives did not display any agreement nor verbal morphology. Most nouns could operate as adjectives and vice-versa, but many words operated almost solely as adjectives

The adjectives have a Restrictive(unmarked) and an Attributive form. The Attributive (marked by the morpheme *-k'nu) was also used adverbially. This distinction is only made when the adjectives are used for attribuitively.

SyntaxEdit

Noun PhraseEdit

The noun phrase ordering is believed to have been 

Prepositions Quantifiers/Deixis Noun Modifiers: Adjectives, Prepositional

Phrases, Relative Clauses

Verb PhraseEdit

The normal word order was VSO. Adverbs may come directly after the verb.

The exception is that relative clauses have SVO word order

QuestionsEdit

Questions seem to have been formed only by entonation patterns, without any morphosyntactical alteration of the clause.

Derivational MorphologyEdit

Noun FormingEdit

There were several strategies of noun formation from verbs. As the border between nouns and adjectives wasn't very clear, clear patterns of derivation from adjectives to nouns could not be reconstructed.

Verb to NounEdit

There were three main processes of nominalization from verbs:

Event NominalizationsEdit

Event denoting nominalizations (e.g. The flying of the birds) were forming by either reduplicating the bare root:

*fnufnu jit kik
coming GEN 1PS
My coming

Another pattern of nominalization is what is described above as an infinitive. 

*fnuy jit kik
to.come GEN 1PS
My coming

The mainstream consensus is that they were in free variation.

There is also evidence that points to the fact that certain dialects may have used a bare verb stem as an infinitive

*fnu jit kik
to.come GEN 1PS
My coming
Agent and Patient NominalizationsEdit

Nominalizations that denoted Agent and Patient nouns (the eater, the eaten), seem to be less regular, and, in general, innovations of each branch. As such, several patterns can be reconstructed:

The morpheme *-rrarr, that denoted agent nouns

*kpórrarr
Speaker

It is also proposed that this morpheme could combine with the passive voice to generate patient noun, but most of the forms used to support this theory are scarce and not strictly regular outcomes.

**mnojórrarr
Prey (Lit: the hunted)

Another morpheme, *-xṯ is reconstructed as having been used to form agent nouns by at least one Proto-Gigxkpoyan dialect.

*kpóxṯ
Speaker

The morpheme *-jut is another possible patient forming morphology

*mnojut
Prey (Lit: the hunted)
AbstractionsEdit

With the exception of some divergent dialects, these are mostly regular, formed with the prefix  *pyx-. Note, however, that while the phonological form was mostly regular, they formed abstractions, and are as such object to great semantic diversification.

Some examples:

*pixmij
Life, deity, comfort, welfare, oneself
*pixkpoj
language, mouth, word, phrase, order, command
*pixrroy
food, wife, grip, possession

As one can see, the semantic variation is quite wild in the different branches

Noun to NounEdit

Adjective FormingEdit

Verb FormingEdit

LexiconEdit

Reconstrution Part of Speech Meaning
*kik n. I
*tʰimk n. We
*ɣuʂ n. you*
*q'nys n sea
*ttʰov n. earth, land
*tɺap n. water
*kʰɔp n. person, human being
*pt'wik' n. child
*ɣut' n. fish
*ɣtoʂ n. leaf
*kʰu n. blood
*tʰɺeɹ n. three
*kikʰ n. egg
*ɺoɹp n. bone
*ɥutʰ n. tangerine/orange
*womɣ n. dog
*k'uɥʈ n. skin
*kʰtopʰ n. ear
*tʰɔpɣ n. eye
*xwups n. sun
*tʰpyx n. stone
*smat' n. ashes
*skvɛtʰ n. alike
*pxaw n. fire
*kʁɔq n. passageway, street
*qtʰuŋp n. mountain
*ɣɳøtʰ n. night
*ʁʐiʐ n. day
*ktʰyp’s n. moon
*t'ʈʰim n. name
*kɥoɥ v. walk
*miɥ v. Copula
*ʁiɥ v. Existencial/Possessive
*tzuɥ v. Locative Copula
*kpɔɥ v. speak
*ɣut'ʁoɥ v. fish
*ʁoɥ v. catch, hold
*ʈnøɥ v. see
*dxɔɥ v. drink
*ʂuɥ v. eat
*fnuɥ v. come