Proxima Creole

Phonology
Consonants · Vowels · Phonotactics

Morphology
Nouns · Verbs · Modifiers · Pronouns · Other Word Types

Syntax
Word Order · Relative Clauses

Writing Systems
Alphabet

Lexicon
Phrasebook · Dictionary

Proxima Creole (Пʀɔкsıмα Кʀeɔл, Pròksíma Kréòl) is a French-based creole spoken predominantly in the Proxima Centauri Federation.

Phonology

Consonants

Labial Labio-
dental
Alveolar Post-
alveolar
Palatal Velar /
Uvular
Glottal
Nasal м /m/ н /n/ њ /ɲ/ ҥ /ŋ/
Stop п /p/
ƃ /b/
т /t/
ƌ /d/
к /k/∼/q/
г /ɡ/∼/ɢ/
Fricative φ /f/
v /v/
s /s/
z /z/
ч /ʃ/
ʒ /ʒ/
x /x/∼/χ/ һ /h/
Approxi-
mant
ҕ /j/∼/ɪ/ w /w/∼/ʊ/
Liquid л /l/ ʀ /ʀ/

Vowels

Front Central Back
Close ı /i/∼/ɪ/ у /u/∼/ʊ/
Close-mid e /eː / o /o/∼/ɔ/
Mid ə /ə/∼/e/
Open-mid э /ɛ/∼/æ/ ɔ /ɔ/
Open α /ɑ/∼/ɐ/

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Writing System

Alphabet

In the transcription, the second option indicates a long vowel (eg. short a, long â) or a spelling variant (eg. common transcription zh, uncommon j).


Α α (a, â)
Ƃ ƃ (b)
Ƌ ƌ (d)
E e (é)
Ə ə (e)
Э э (ê, ae)
Φ φ (f, ph)
Г г (g)
Һ һ (h)
I ı (i, í)

Ҕ ҕ (y, j)
К к (k, c, q)
Л л (l)
М м (m)
Н н (n)
Ҥ ҥ (ng, ŋ)
Њ њ (ny, nj)
O o (o, ô)
Ω ɔ (ò)
П п (p)

R ʀ (r)
S s (s)
Ч ч (sh)
Т т (t)
У у (u, ou, ú)
v (v)
W w (w)
X x (x)
Z z (z)
Ʒ ʒ (zh, j)


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Lexicon

Phrasebook

Greetings
Salâm i vôli. – Peace and strength.
Salâm i libertâ. – Peace and freedom.
Komasta? (Koman êsta?) – How are you?
Habâri? – What's up? / How's things?
Safâr salva. – Safe travels.
Safâr a salâm. – Travel in peace.

Other
Mêrsí. – Thanks.
Denâda. – No problem. / You're welcome.
Twa parla Kréòl? – Do you speak Creole?

Places
'Sta pêrdiyu. – I'm lost.
Twa pêrdiyu? – Are you lost?
Dé astroport? – Where's the spaceport?
Dé garí? – Where's the train station?
Dé klinik? – Where's the hospital?
Dé magazin? – Where's the supermarket?

Food and Drink
Pova olyar mênyu? – Can I see the menu?
Paya lé bwasan. – The drinks are on me.


Dictionary

A

anga – sky
antên – antenna
asawa – spouse
asíma – up, upward, liftoff
Astroflot – Spacefleet

B

babay – goodbye
bagâr – brawl, tussle
bagâzhe – luggage, stuff
banyol – vehicle, car
barkinya – barge, cargo shuttle
barko – ship
baruf – racket, tumult
bashâra – commerce, trade
berapar – to pay
bof – fool, oaf
boske – forest, wood
bôswa – good evening
botêlya – bottle
bwark – blergh, ugh, yuck

D

dansar – to dance
dégâzhe – stop it,get lost
Dinâri – Dinari

E

êstar – to be

F

fabrik – factory
fay – abandoned, disused
frigo – fridge
frufrou – rustling

G

garo – cigarette
gazête – newspaper
gratô – free of charge

I

ixo de sabaka – son of a dog

K

kabog – millet
kansay – council
Kapitân – Captain
karne tâze – rookie, prospect (new member)
kastanye – chestnut
kava – coffee
klinik – hospital, clinic
kompran – to understand
kwartir – room, apartment, quarters (living space)

L

lango – gate
liyan – million

M

madrâsa – school
magazin – shop, store, magazine (ammo)
magnif – luxury cruise liner
makak – monkey
makrêl – fish
malshik – guy, dude
Mananga – Spacer
mautak – clever, smart
maziwa – milk
mékano – engineer, technician, mechanic
métro – underground train
moshi – to smoke
mostêk – bridge

N

naushung – coward
nawak – nonsense, bullshit

O

okaz – opportunity, occasion
olyar – to look at, to watch, to observe

P

pashoy – shut up
pasok – come in
pêrmete – to allow, to permit
povar – to be able to
Pròksíma Kantôri – Proxima Centauri
Punto Navâxa – Razor Point

R

rakonte – to tell
rangi – color, dye

S

salaya – to consider
savar – to know
sêrpan – snake
seyshaz – now, immediately
silong – cellar, bunker
solay – sun, host star

SH

shakoula – food, meal
shanme – awesome
shantâzh – blackmail
shapati – flatbread
shêm – ugly, shameful
shweyxo – contraband, parallel imports
shyan – very annoying

T

taprí – please

V

vôli – willpower, strength (of character)

W

wala – nothing
wino – wine, ink, tattoo

Y

yom – day

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