Brevlo letters use a portion of the ISO Latin alphabet, allowing them to be displayed on any device.
Brevlo's pronunciation is fully regular. Unlike Esperanto, any combination of letters produces an unambiguous sound.
The alphabet of Brevlo is very similar to that of Lojban.
- Brevlo letter - [IPA] English Example
- a - [IPA /ɑː/ or /a/] Example: the a in "father".
- b - [IPA /b/] Example: "bad" or "bubbles".
- c - [IPA /ʃ/] Example: "she" or "facism".
- d - [IPA /d/] Example: "dad".
- e - [IPA /ɛ/ or /e/] Example: "bed".
- f - [IPA /f/] Example: "fast".
- g - [IPA /g/] Example: "glad" or "Greg".
- h - [IPA /h/] Example: "help" or "hat".
- i - [IPA /i/] Example: "ski" or "ring".
- j - [IPA /ʒ/] Example: "bonjuor".
- k - [IPA /k/] Example: "Kraken" or "kind".
- l - [IPA /l/] Example: "lovely".
- m - [IPA /m/] Example: "mimic".
- n - [IPA /n/] Example: "nine".
- o - [IPA /o/] Example: "more" or "most".
- p - [IPA /p/] Example: "people".
- q is not used.
- r - [IPA /r/] Example: "ride" or "Harper"
- s - [IPA /s/], never /z/. Example: "sausage".
- t - [IPA /t/] Example: "tatertots".
- u - [IPA /u/] Example: "prune" or "plumage".
- v - [IPA /v/] Example: "vehicle".
- w is not used.
- x is not used.
- y is not used.
- z - [IPA /z/] Example: "zebra".
Diphthongs is a fancy word for two or more vowels that make a unique sound.
- Brevlo letters - [IPA] English Example
- ai - [IPA /ai̯/] Example: "Maya" or "oh hai!"
- ei - [IPA /ei̯/] Example: "weight".
- oi - [IPA /oi̯/] Example: "oil" or "soil".
Digraphs is a fancy word for two or more consonants that make a distinct sound.
- Brevlo letters - [IPA] English Example
- dj - [IPA /dʒ/] Example: "judge" or "hedge".
- tc - [IPA /tʃ/] Example: "church" or "witch".
Parts of Speech
Brevlo contains a few different classes of words.
All nouns in Brevlo are singular, unless modified by an A-word that makes the noun plural.
- Brevlo nouns always end in o.
- Non-Brevlo nouns start with a capital letter and are usually made into phonetic Brevlo using the native pronunciation of the word.
- In a few cases an exact phonetic representation in Brevlo is not possible, so a close approximation is made.
- The US state of Carolina would be spelled "Keralaina" in Brevlo.
- Germany would be spelled as Germans pronounce it "Doitcland".
- Note: This example is outdated as the native Brevlo word is djaermazlando.
- The US capital of Washington DC is "Vacington Di Si".
- The name of "Samantha" would be "Samantfa".
- Nouns can be next to eachother showing an abstract relationship, similar to English "of".
- domo hundo - A home of a dog.
- Similar to what "dog home" might mean in English.
These are the Brevlo equivalent of English articles, adverbs, and adjectives.
- They always end in a.
- They are adjectives or articles when applied to a noun.
- They are adverbs when applied to a verb.
These are the Brevlo equivalent of prepositions and conjunctions.
- They always end in e.
- They are terminated with ce.
Brevlo verbs do not change forms, but have adverbs applied to them.
- They always end in u.
- Infinitives are not a separate part of speach.
These are a key feature of the Brevlo language.
Inquisitors can be thought of as specific means of asking questions.
- They always end in i.
- They turn any sentence into a question.
- Any Brevlo noun can be an inquisitor.
- The special word ci is used to form yes/no questions.
- Think of ci as short hand for is it true that:.
- "What dog runs?"
- The Brevlo noun for "dog" is hundo.
- The Brevlo verb for "run" is runu.
- The sentence hundo runu. means "a dog runs".
- The sentence hundi runu? means "what/which dog runs".
- "How many dogs are running?"
- The Brevlo word for "number" is numbo.
- The Brevlo adverb kura makes any verb continuous.
- The sentence hundo numbi runu kura? is "What number of dogs are running?"
- "Do you run fast?"
- The Brevlo word for "fast" is fasta.
- The sentence ci vuvo runu fasta? means "Is it true that you run fast?"
- "Who is running?"
- The Brevlo word for a person is mono.
- moni runu kura? means "what/which person is running?"
- "What is the name of the person who is running?"
- The Brevlo word for "name" is namo.
- The Brevlo word for "of" is fove in this case.
- nami fove mono runu kura? means "What is the name of the person who is running?"
- "Who is running, and what is their name?"
- The quickest way to ask this question is nami fove moni runu kura?
- This is basically "what is the name of which person who is running?"
This section deals with the basic syntax (sentence structure) of the language.
- The basic structure is subject verb object.
- Adjectives and articles follow a noun they're modifying.
- Adverbs immediately follow a verb they're modifying.
In its most basic representation, a Brevlo sentence follows the structure below:
- subject adjectives or articles or keywords verb adverbs keywords object adjectives or articles or keywords