An a priori artlang
ATTRIBUTIVE NOUNS A noun can modify the meaning of another noun in senses other than possession. When this occurs, the modifying noun is placed after the noun it modifies and is used in the attributive form. These behave more like adjectives than nouns, and in the case of qualitative nouns, can even be used as verbs. Final Consonant Changes (Attributive) r rr l ll d dru nd ndru rd rdu ld ldu dh dhm ndh ndhru rdh rdhu ldh ldhu gh ghm ngh nghm rgh rghm m mm n nn s ss rm rmu rn rnu nadhm droghm mydhm bradhm dhrynn droudhm heornu fheandru fhemm fless gaurnu gleann gordhm gronn hendru hess hronn lamm leomm meghm mourr lordhm raghm radhm sdharr sfhraunn scronn smaunn soghm sedhm mass mayann lermu mayoss concerning beauty, beautiful, to be beautiful concerning duty, dutiful, to be dutiful concerning kings, kingly, to be kingly concerning tables concerning language, linguistic concerning dogs, canine, dog-like, to be dog like concerning eyes, ocular concerning swords concerning nobility, noble, to be noble concerning bows concerning lakes concerning hands, hand-like, to be hand-like concerning bears, ursine, bear-like, to be bear-like concerning iron concerning children, childish, to be childish concerning greenness, green, to be green concerning brothers, fraternal, to be fraternal concerning milk, milky, to be milky concerning flowers, floral concerning girls, girlish, to be girlish concerning men, manly, to be manly concerning strength, strong, to be strong concerning blood, bloody, to be bloody concerning people concerning omens, portentous, to be portentous concerning boys, boyish, to be boyish concerning warriors concerning harps concerning wood concerning sweetness, fragrant, to be fragrant concerning bravery, brave, to be brave concerning mothers, maternal, to be maternal concerning cups concerning water, liquid, watery, to be liquid, to be watery An attributive can also be formed from nouns inflected by the diminutive, augmentative or derogatory prefixes.
The exact meaning of an attributive noun is not fixed, varying by context. scronne mass brave warriors leomme sedhm fragrant flowers gordh droudhm a dog-like bear mydh droghm a dutiful king mas scronn warrior bravery sedh leomm flower fragrance droudh gordhm a bear-like dog drogh mydhm a kingly duty An attributive noun can stand alone, without modifying another noun, as a title or appellation. Thus we see Mydhm (“The King”), Mayann (“Great Mother”), etc. Attributive nouns can be used with the diminutive, augmentative or derogatory prefixes, lessening or intensifying the attributes described: yleomme asedhm aleomme ysedhm leomme susedhm strongly-perfumed little flowers subtly-perfumed large flowers vilely-perfumed flowers It is worth noting that the name of this language, Adhrynn, is an attributive noun derived from dhrin language and used in the augmented form in a titular sense – The Great Language. Adhrynn tends not to construct long strings of adjectives (like a big beautiful green fragrant flower), although such sentences are entirely possible: aleom anadhm hess sedhm a big extremely beautiful green fragrant flower Unlike English, there is no particular order in which such attributives should be placed. The above could also be rendered as: aleom anadhm sedhm hess a big extremely beautiful fragrant green flower aleom hess anadhm sedhm a big green extremely beautiful fragrant flower aleom hess sedhm anadhm a big green fragrant extremely beautiful flower aleom sedhm anadhm hess a big fragrant extremely beautiful green flower aleom sedhm hess anadhm a big fragrant green extremely beautiful flower The careful use of the various plurals, diminutive, augmentative, derogatory and attributives can paint a very rich description with only a few words: yleommes anadhm ahess susedhm two small, extremely beautiful, bright-green but vilely-perfumed flowers Attributives and possessed nouns are assumed to modify the lead noun, not each other, although the particle ryn allows a logical break in a list of descriptors: fles ym sogh ordhm hess a strong green wooden bow fles ym sogh ryn ordhm hess a bow of strong, green wood