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Hylian Nouns


sonEn hilanan

SonŽn Hilanan

    A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea. An important characteristic of Hylian nouns is that the vast majority of them follow a regular pattern. Unlike English, in which nouns can have almost any ending, Hylian nouns all have the same ending. Plurality is also indictated by a regular pattern. Below are the two noun endings.
 

Singular Nouns
Plural Nouns
=e
-e
All regular singular nouns have an -e ending. No other part of speech has this ending. So a word that ends in -e can only be a singular noun and nothing else. Here are examples of nouns:

lErde LŽrde = Book
brinste Brinste = Arm

=En
-Žn
All regular plural nouns have an -Žn ending. No other part of speech has this ending. So a word that ends in -Žn can only be a plural noun and nothing else. Here are examples of plural nouns:

lErdEn LŽrdŽn = Books
BrinstEn BrinstŽn = Arms

Gender

    Many languages, such as Spanish and French, assign nouns a grammatical gender. For example, the Spanish word lapŪz, which means "pencil," is masculine; while the word fotografŪa, which means "photograph," is feminine. If this makes no sense to you, then you're on the right track. In other languages grammatical gender is assigned to all words, even inanimate objects. However, in English, words have no grammatical gender. They only have a natural gener, i.e. "woman" is feminine, and "man" is masculine. Hylian also uses natural gender for words. It has an invariable definite article which does not change with gender. There are gender neutral words, as well as gender specific words, as in English. There is a regular way of turning a gender neutral word into a gender specific word. Here are some examples:
 
 

lErde lŽrde Book - Gender neutral
piante piante Parent - Gender neutral
pi&ntile piŠntile Father - Gender specific, masculine
pi&ntine piŠntine Mother - Gender specific, feminine

Forming Gender-Specific Words

    Forming a gender-specific noun confroms to a regular pattern. It involves taking the word stem and adding a suffix. When a gender suffix is added to the word, please note that an accent mark is added to preserve the stress of the original word. Here is an example using dege, which means "deity" or "god": IMPORTANT NOTE: Only nouns can take a gender-specific subject, adjectives don't. When using an adjective to describe a gender-specific noun, the adjective only has to agree in number.
 

Neutral Word
Stem
+
Suffix
+
e
=
New Word
dege
deg
+
-il
+
e
=
dťgile
dege
deg
+
-in
+
e
=
dťgine
 
Original Word
Definition
New Word
Definition
dege
"Deity", gender-neutral
dťgile
"God", masculine
dege
"Deity", gender-neutral
dťgine
"Goddess", feminine
Sections Hylian to English