Welcome to Slan!

I have always been fascinated by languages, especially constructed ones.
Having learned and used Esperanto, and dabbled with Lojban, I decided to
invent my own; I call it Slan (for Synthetic LANguage).

The Slan Alphabet

Vowels:  a, e, i, o, u               pronounced  'ah', 'eh', 'ee', 'oh', 'oo'   ( i.e.pure vowel sounds)

The vowel i is special.  It is called the agglutinator and may only appear (i) between roots in compound words,
or (ii) in grammatical endings such as -i and -io.  It may NOT be part of a root word.

Semi-vowels:  y, w

Consonants:   b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r s, t, v, x ,z

= 'sh' as in 'ship'
g is always hard as in 'gun'
j = French j
is always trilled
s is always as in 'sleep' (never as in 'rose')
h is a soft guttural or strong aitch sound
q is as in 'thin' but is rarely used

The remaining letters are pronounced as in English (except 'x' which is not yet defined)

The letter x is held spare for possible future use.


tc sounds like 'ch' in 'church'
dj sounds like 'g' in 'gem'


aw, ew, ay, oy

which sound like 'ow' in 'cow', like 'ay oo', like 'i' in 'thigh', and like 'oy' in 'boy', respectively.


  • A root may start with ANY letter except 'i'
  • A root MUST end with a consonant (except for the ey/ay set -see later)
  • A root can be of ANY length
  • A root may contain any combination of letters but MUST NOT contain the letter 'i'
  • A root may consist of a single consonant or a group of consonants.

       A word may consist of (i) a naked root, (ii) a root plus a vowel/semi-vowel combination,
       or (iii) a string of roots joined by the letter 'i' (or apostrophe ') plus a vowel'semi-vowel combination

       Special Y-words constitute a separate set.  They are naked roots in the form consonant + ey (or ay).


These are the most basic and often-occurring concepts in the language
   b        be, exist, thing
   c        female, she
   d        3rd person animate
    f         future time, after        
    g        additional, and        
    h        male, he        
    j         conditional mood, if          
    k        interrogative, question       
    l         definite article applied to words or utterances, the, that       

    m       1st person
    n         negative, not
    p         past time, before
    r          present time, now
    s         reflexive, self
    t          mark of the passive, subject-object reversal
    v          2nd person
    w         inclusive OR
    y          exclusive OR
    z         3rd 'person' inanimate, it


This site is under construction.  Watch this space!

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