Conlang: Ori (interrogative pronouns, deictic adjectives, a few irregular verbs)…


This is the purple flower of Orikrindia, the nation emblem. Its six petals represent the six provinces of Orikrindia. 


Here are a few more pronouns in Ori (non-personal pronons). The base forms of these words is the indeterminate pronouns (something, somewhere, etc.), while adding na- makes the words interrogative (who?, what, etc.). Similarly, adding ca- makes them negative (no one, no way, etc.). See below for the forms and some examples sentences.

alar ‘someone’

nalar? ‘who?’

calar ‘no one’


bel ‘something’

nabel? ‘what?’

cabel ‘nothing’


nye ‘somewhere’

nanye? ‘where?’

canye ‘nowhere’


sya ‘some reason’

nasya? ‘why?’

casya ‘for no reason’


tin ‘in some way’

natin? ‘how?’

catin ‘in no way’


lin ‘some time’

nalin ‘when?’

calin ‘never’



Alars tari cyan pye Mirmis cleppat proru cyan ‘Someone said Mirmi ate poison’


Nanye minim ti-trentepya ma? ‘Where can I find the temple?’


Nasya tranye ti ma? ‘Why are you here?’


Calars tin-nelcag iyuru can ‘No one sees the gods’


Tu-porinis tun-porityan tin peli bil ‘The shepherd will probably find the sheep somehow’


Deicitc adjectives

Ori has two sets of deictic adjectives. These are adjectives that modify nominals to show relative spatial position–in English we have ‘this’, ‘that’, ‘these’, ‘those’. In Ori, one set of adjectives relates to spaces near and away from the 1st person (the speaker), while the other set is used with references to all other persons (2nd and 3rd).

From 1st person perspective:

ti ‘that’

tra ‘this’


tim ‘those’

tram ‘these’


From 2nd person or 3rd person perspective:

dum ‘that

del ‘this’


dumi ‘those’

deli ‘these’

Plural vs singular is the only morphological distinction, and there is no class agreement on deictic adjectives.



dumi porisa ‘those sheep’ (far from you/another)

deli porisa ‘these sheep’ (near you/another)


tim porisa ‘those sheep’ (far from me)

tram porisa ‘these sheep’ (near me)


Ori has a few irregular verbs, like all natural languages. Many of them are quite common verbs.

li ‘come’

me ‘go’

te ‘do, make’

celi ‘have’

syalu ‘use’

tyelu ‘know’

malu ‘be’

maro ‘give’

Examples of conjugations of irregular verbs (where two forms are listed under 3rd person, the first form is for animate/inanimate nouns and the second is for celestial/abstract nouns):

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More irregular verbs and other stuff to come!


3 thoughts on “Conlang: Ori (interrogative pronouns, deictic adjectives, a few irregular verbs)…

      1. I’ll look forward to seeing them!

        I find designing national emblems rather daunting myself. Modern-looking flags don’t feel right for my world’s time period (which is roughly based on the 15th century), so I end up creating elaborate emblems that look more like coats-of-arms instead…


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