Coastal Zein

The Drēīn were the descendants of the Salanjans, and were inhabiting the entire Rhghl basin at the time of the Drydic invasion, and are still present there in large numbers, although these are speakers of Valley Zēīn. The Coastal dialect is the most widely spoken, and is the basis for the Salanjan-Zēīn dictionaries of the aristocracy. The name, although written as Zein to provide consistancy with the other dialects, is actually pronounced as [ze:ĩ].


Bilabial dental pal-alv palatal velar Glottal

Stop p b t d dz č tj dj k g ʔ

Nasal m n nj ŋ

Fricative f v θ sj zj x h

Lateral l lj

Approximant w rj


The approximant /w/ is written as <u> pre/postvocalically, and changes to a full vowel [u] adjacent to consonants.


i/ĩ u/ũ

e/ẽ o/


The nasalised // fell in with //, as // is slowly doing with /a/.



Further Phonetic information:

The voiceless palatal stop and the voiceless palatal fricative have long consonatal varients that are phonemic:

[c] vs. [cc]:

otj 'rain'

ottj 'heavy rain'

[] vs. []:

oisj 'cloud'

oissj 'storm cloud'


An Agent/Patient distinction has developed, giving the language the oppourtunity to continue the varied word orders of Salanjan. (Note:all words are transliterated from the Salanjan Alpahbet forms, with an accompanying phonetic transcription)


Agentive: -ba

Patientive: -ra


Sound changes from Salanjan to Drēīn:

Intervocalic t > /ʔ/ if not after a nasal. These glottal stops are quite often effaced in speech.

The clusters /gl/, /kl/, /lg/, /lk/ >*/L/ >/w/. */L/ could have been either a velarised lateral

or a velar lateral [l].

The clusters /gr/, /kr/, /rg/, /rk/, /qr/, /rq/ > /r/.

The clusters /tr/, /dr/, /rt/, /rd/ > /z/.

All other Cr, rC clusters resolve to a doubling of the consonant.

-SN- clusters (S:s:z:ś, N:m:n:ŋ) changed to Proto-Drēīn *-zən, to Coastal Zēīn -zũ.

CC clusters resolve differently, depending on the consonant; there is a hierarchy, t assimilationg all other consonants, k and p assimilating others as well, but yielding to t.

Vn clusters reduce to nasal vowels. /ŋ/, /nj/ and /m/ were not affected by this.

Salaњan ai and au are monophthongised to /ε, / <, >; Salaњan ain, aun become eĩ, oũ, nasalisation being the feature that Zein speakers substitute for length.

Unstressed (=final) syllables tend towards raising, unless the vowel is /a/.


A more rounded-out phonology was also created by the addition of the palatals ssj [],

dj [], sj [], ttj [cc], tj [c], rj [], lj [], čj [t], dj [d], j [], and j [], to the palatal nj [].



The opposition: :s, :z have been lost in all dialects except Western, with the reflex [θ] on the islands, and [s] on the mainland. It is written here as s.



This is the 'standard' dialect, as it is the lingua franca of the Salanjan Kingdom for those who do not know Classical Salanjan. It is one of the few dialects that show p~f, b~v, t~s, d~z, k~x, and g~0 contrasts. The phonemes /k/ and /q/ contrast here, in opposition to almost all of the other dialects. It is spoken on Somkē and Benibal Islands, and the coastline opposite Somkē Island. K is pronounced as a labialised velar [kw] or even a labio-velar [kp], which is why the m before k in Somkee does not assimilate.




The Zein languages have, by and large, lost the massive inflective capacity of Salaњan. They have retained some features, though. The main contrast in the language is between agent and patient, marked by ba and ra, respectively:

korba sir uotal vera.

I spoke to you.

The pronoun kor 'I' has the agentive marker ba appended to it, this indicates that it is the subject of a transitive verb, here, uotal. Sir follows, modifying the verb uotal to a past time. The object is next, namely ve, translated as you(pl). It has the patient marker ra, indicating it is being acted upon. This is the extent of nominal inflection in the language. Older texts have a plural formation that consisted of nasalising the final vowel, or, with final consonants, adding a nasal /ũ/. This disappeared about 2750 kh-ōd.


Verbal morphology is equally scanty. Verbs are, as a general rule, invariable, tense and person being indicated by particles, sir for past time, and r for future. There is one Salaњan inflection left in the language: the particle l indicates perfective aspect, and is descended from the Salaњan -ail-. It is perhaps best, however, to view it as a separate particle in line with sir and r, given its preposed position. The Salaњan derivational ending ŋka has survived, as ŋŋa, and is used with the same meaning that Salaњan used it with, examples include dzeĩ go and dzŋŋa come from Salaњan dain- go and daiŋka- come. A knowledge of the Salaњan endings is useful, however, given the aristocracys propensity to derive verbs using the Salaњan stu, -sun, and the various moods. The causative is also frequently imported into the language, coming into contact with verbs which historically had the causative, but that fact being obscured by the cluster simplifications in Zeins history; examples include ora fly (Sal. horat-), orat throw (Sal. horat-č-).


The distinction between dzeĩ (go) and ftal (go, go into) is mostly a regional distinction, with the continental Coastal speakers using dzeĩ most of the time, and the islanders using ftal exclusively:


Kora e Somkeba dzeĩ, nut korba pai.

Im going to Somkē, where Ill be.

Versus Somkee

Kor e Somkeb ftau, nut kobb pai.



The distinction between dzŋŋa (come) and ftaŋŋa (come) is a class-related one, with the peasantry, merchants, and lower nobility using dzŋŋa, and the upper classes using ftaŋŋa.


Examples: (Coastal dialect)

kor-ba sir uotal vera.

I spoke to you.


[TE hoŒbŒ Ti hŒ/E TEmEl TE w/ŒŒ]

Ser hora'a ba sir hora'er semel ser wottalra

<the falcon in the past fly out of the mouth>

The falcon flew out of the mouth.


[dZŒlŒkpa)t Ti fo)taNNa]

alakantun sir Fontalaillasal

<horde(pl.) in the past come

[TEmEl rŒkkŒŒ Ti]

semel raskalRa ser

out of East in the past

[w/ŒE Tamu TEr uzŒT]

wottawarauer samun ser Udra.

name/call Themselves the Udra.>

The hordes who came out of the East called themselves Udra.


korba s ne pai

I-agen prox emph be(loc)






1 daz 6 xon 11 datozi

2 fer 7 spel 12 ferozi

3 vak 8 naŋe 13 vattozi

4 ča 9 lari 14 čozi

5 kit 10 tozi 15 kitozi

20 tozzer 30 tovak 40 toča

50 tokit 60 toxon 70 tozpel

80 taŋe 90 tolari 100 sapa



102 words.


ačo-holy dagger (every temple has one, blessed by the high priest of Naγal)


araxi-The glory days; used to refer to a time when every thing was especially good, or, at least, a hell of a lot better than things are now.


asad-night sky (Sal. haθa-dī, constellation)



axupi to travel far and wide, to travel the world (only retention of a derivative of Sal. axel great)

azũ- heaven

azũsačo-lightning; Čakuls weapon (Sal. Aśmanačo)

čo-giant (found mostly in the Čantai mountains)



čula-Sarasui, the red sun (a red giant *98 light years from aols system, visible in early dusk)

Čulakur-tolaqor, lord of Asalunei

dalečj-the Darale≠ and their religion



doru-sun (from Salaњan dosy, influenced by doraunu/doroũ)


dzeĩ-go (see text)

dzŋŋa-come (see text)

e-preposition 'to', translates the Salaњan ma case.


fetti-starlike (adj) (Sal. festir)

ftal-go, go into (see text)

ftaŋŋa-come (see text)



gudli-royal heaven, where the upper nobility and heroes go in death


gulem-satrap, provincial govenor (their old Salaњan title was emw, and this was added to gul mostly because the satraps were of royal blood)

ora?a- falcon


igaru-wage war; e ____ igaru, wage war upon ___. (some dialects take the incorporated form iga, especially on Benibal)






kd-founding date


kiraqa-a boar-like creature which has a speckled body

kor, (pl.)-a, -Pron., I, we



kul- genitive marker




maz-air-nymph; increasingly as a basic fairy, subsuming the traditional nez gnome/dwarf, kez elf, and guz evil fairy under one name.







ne-emphatic particle





oisj 'cloud'

oissj 'storm cloud'


otj 'rain'

ottj 'heavy rain'


pai- be at




rakal-the raskal

rr-become (closest verb to Drydic docan)

r-above (adv.), also future particle


regil-the Rhghl river, once home to the core of the Salaњan civilisation, now occupied (in the Zein eyes) by the Dryds and Udra (referred to by the Zein both as uzas outlander. It does have a significant Zein population, who speak Valley Źijn.


samu-reflexive 3rd pers pron.




semel-prep. from, out of



sir- preterit marker

guslodu-princess (gul + Sal. sodum)


alimi-alimar (reanalysed as ali and mi, moon)


tel, (pl.) ve-Pron., thou, you (also reflexive)



uzas-outlander (attitude mostly same as that of Germans towards auslander)








zeĩ-their name for themselves