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This kryptonese grammatical analysis was sent in by Bryan J. Maloney <bjm10@cornell.edu> from Cornell University on February 7, 2002.  A more complete set of grammatical rules was originally written by E. Nelson Bridwell, which was in turn handed over to Rich Morrisey upon Bridwell's passing.  Al Turniansky has a photocopy of these notes but we have been unsuccesful in our attempts to contact him.  The current whereabouts of the original notes once in the possession of Rich Morrisey is unknown.  If you have any information regarding the location of these notes, or are able to send us a copy, please contact us - although the alphabet has been recovered, the grammar and vocabulary are still mysteries.  Many thanks!
The following is my own set of notes that I compiled after examining
the material on the Fortress of Solitude pages regarding Kryptonese.
Of course, it's pure speculation, but it might interest you.


1:  "-o" pluralizes--but what to do with words that already end in "o"?

2:  "Doubling a letter" indicates "strong emphasis", but what sound 
change does "doubling a letter" represent?

3:  Genitive case can be formed by removal of an internal vowel? (Rao 
--> Ro)

4:  Language may have at least two genders:  masculine and feminine 
(professions can be feminized by substituting the first vowel with "y"), 
but this could be a relic, much as we have "actor/actress" in English.
Oddly enough, the generic word for "leader" is "drygur"--could Krypton 
originally have been strongly matriarchical?

5:  Most known names of professions end in "-ar" or "-ur" (but what 
about molium?), "-ar/-ur" could be a suffix meaning "one who", but 
consider "hatuar" (asbestos), named for Hatu-El.  Perhaps -ar/-ur could 
be a more general suffix denoting "of", thus a "bethgar" is not "one who 
rules" but "one who is of rulership" (presuming that "beth-" means 
rulership).  Perhaps the suffix is -ar/-ur/-um.  

What rules might govern the assignation of suffix?

The following take -ar: amp-, beth-, byth--, dend-, hatu- ("zetyar", 
"day", is presumed to be of a different origin based on phonetic cues).  

The following take -ur: dryg-.  Takes -um: moli-.

Provisional rule:  If root ends in a back vowel or more front-ish 
consonant, the root takes -ar.  If root ends in a back consonant, the 
root takes -ur. If the root ends in a front vowel (or a palatal?), the 
root takes -um

6:  It appears that adjectives may follow their nouns (Kal-El from 
kal--child and el--star means "star child" not "child star", for 
example).  But note following construction:   Drygur Molium:  Leader of 
the Science Council. From Drygur:  Any leader, and Molium:  Member of 
Science Council (Kryptonian ruling body).  This appears to contradict 
the Kal-El construction if "leader" is considered an adjective (leader 
councilmember), but it might not if the construction "Drygur Molium" 
actually means "Leader of the Councilmembers"--but no pluralization of 
Molium occurs, so that may be unlikely.  However, in either case, 
Kryptonian might not use "of" in the senses that English does but 
instead relies upon word order.  Perhaps Molium is a collective noun, 
referring both to individual members and to the council as a group.

7:  What does the suffix "-u" do?  Combining with "tanth" gives 
"tanthu"--nonhuman being worthy of respect--a "tanth" that is not a 
person, in other words.  Could "-u" mean "like", "similar to", or "near 
to"?

8:  Language appears to combine both isolation and inflection.

The only known sentence of Kryptic and its "translation":

"yrubb orutoo da yreemb uyon -- kryptoniu awyrr!"

"the use of his native tongue is a respectful acknowledgement of 
tomorrow's tragedy"

The "translation" is most likely a paraphrase, not a translation.  But 
let us presume that Bruce Wayne did a close paraphrase.  If the trend of 
"reversing" in respect to the use of English is general for Kryptonian 
(we have no evidence it is, but it's fun to play that way), and 
Kryptonian is similar to Earth languages in having very short words for 
"to be" and its conjugations, I propose the following first-pass 
interlinear:

    yrubb orutoo            da            yreemb uyon        kryptoniu 
of tragedy tomorrow (adj.)  is   acknowledgement respectful  kryptonian 

awyrr
to use

Now, let's do some really wild speculative grammar.

We first know that the tragedy and the day are unique.  Why does 
"orutoo" end in -o?  I propose that it does not end in -o but ends in 
-oo, the original root being "orut", and the -oo denotes some type of 
prepositional phrase. It would be cumbersome for the adjective to mark 
this, so perhaps "yrubb orutoo" refers to "tomorrow (adj.) tragedy" and 
the reversed (from a Kryptonian standpoint) word order could be typical 
of a prepositional phrase, but this is just speculation.  Likewise, 
translating "kryptoniu" as "kryptonian" is really falling for a simple 
similarity.  "Kryptoniu" could just as easily mean "to use krypton-talk".

   yrubb orut            -oo             da            yreemb uyon       
tomorrow tragedy (prepositional phrase)  is   acknowledgement respectful

kryptoniu  awyrr
kryptonian to use


Anyway, presuming my second pass isn't too far off, we see a few things 
about Kryptonian:

It's (p)VOS!  (p) referring to major prepositional phrase.

(VOS:  Verb Object Subject word order).

Seems strange to you, Kryptonian?
To its nuances lovely are unaccustomed you merely.
To it understand and adore, time given, will learn you.

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