Romániço is a simplified language invented in 1991
to bridge the gap between the schematic and the naturalistic in
constructed languages — that is, to combine the easy-to-use
grammar of the former with the more rigorously Romance lexicon and
orthography of the latter. It also features:
- An inflectionless direct object marker. When word order alone can’t do it, Romániço has a preposition that can.
- Audibly compounded words. So one can hear as well as read the difference between “everyday job” and “every day job”.
- A class-indicating article. For when one needs to talk about something as a class, as in “dinosaurs are extinct”.
- The perfect progressive tense. A regular means of indicating something that started in the past and continues into the present.
- Consistent names for people and countries. In most languages, some peoples are named after the countries they inhabit, some countries after the people who inhabit them. Romániço resolves the matter with a single system.
Romániço alphabet and pronunciation
- c is [k] before all letters except e and i, when it is [ʦ]. Written as ch to preserve the [k] sound before e and i, as ç (or, alternatively, cz) to preserve the [ʦ] sound elsewhere.
- g is [g] before all letters except e and i, when it is [ʤ]. Written as gh to preserve the [g] sound before e and i, as j to preserve the [ʤ] sound elsewhere.
- k only appears in the digraph kh, which is pronounced [x].
- çh is [ʧ].
- ch is [x]. Written kh before e and i.
- sh is [ʃ].
- th is [θ].
Sample text in Romániço
Omna humanos naçan líbera et ecuala sopre dignitio et yuros. Los es dotizita per rationo et concientio et devan comporter la una ad la áltera en on spírito di germanitio.
(Artículo 1 di la Universala declarationo sopre humanisca yuros)
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
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