Anzer Pex
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Anzer Pex, a constructed language by Eryk "Xeigrich" Jalowy.

Overview

Anzer Pex is the language before all other languages. The name Anzer Pex means "solution to expressing thought" in its own lexicon; anzer roughly means "that which provides a method of doing something" and pex roughly means "the ability to think and form ideas". In theory, Anzer Pex was spoken by unknown, unimaginable entities even before the world, as we know it, existed. This alone explains some of the quirkier aspects of Anzer Pex, especially its tendency for words to have widely varied and twistable meanings and connotations. One more unusual feature of Anzer Pex is that any word can be used as a different part of speech (think Shakespeare); however, the system for doing this (and many other parts of the language) have yet to be fully developed.

Written

Anzer Pex is wholly phonetic in its orthography, having a robust vowel-sound writing system including different levels of "independent vowels" and diphthongs. In contrast, its consonants are simple and straight forward. Much of the mechanics of Anzer Pex focus on how the languages looks and works when written, as its fictional roots indicate that not all its original users spoke in a way we would consider "speaking".

The actual writing system consists of 28 basics symbols. 23 of these symbols are the consonants. The other 5 are the basic symbols used in the vowel-sound writing system which involves dots (or just marks if handwritten) and curves, both in top or bottom positions. Dots denote the actual vowel sound of an individual symbol, and curves combine vowel symbols into specific diphthong and diphthong-like compounds. These compounded symbols, as connected by upper or lower curves, are considered individual "letters" much unlike English, which would consider the individual letters rather than the whole diphthong sound. Altogether, this makes for over 50 different "letters" in the writing system.

When written using the Roman alphabet, a system of apostrophes and dashes correspond respectively to dots and curves. This allows for accurate transcription on modern printed or electronic media such as this Wiki articles.

Spoken

One advantage of Anzer Pex (much like many other conlangs) is that there is never any question as to how a word is pronounced. Certain criteria are considered for morphology, such as specific sound combinations being forbidden. A good example is "sts" (like the end of the English word "ghosts"), which should never be used in forming a new word, contraction or compound.

The sound of spoken Anzer Pex may remind the listener of Latin, Greek, English or just gibberish. This is due to the rather relaxed morphology of the language which allows words without a specific morphological (read: recognizable) pattern. Unless thoroughly familiar with Anzer Pex, one would not be able to recognize it.

For the latest coverage of all aspects of Anzer Pex, visit the Anzer Pex thread in GaiaOnline's ConLang Guild.

Note: "Anzer Pex" is the modern English form of the language's name. It's native form is a'nze'rpex. The apostrophes are part of a romanization scheme but also correspond to a standard aspect of the languages orthography.

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