O Star (the fairest one in sight),
We grant your loftiness the right
To some obscurity of cloud —
It will not do to say of night,
Since dark is what brings out your light.
—from Choose Something Like a Star by Robert Frost (1874-1963)
The Miresua word for star is AIHÄ. But what are stars, more than one star, the plural of star?
In English we usually make nouns plural by adding “-s” to the end of the word. In Spanish plurals are formed with a suffix of “-s” or “-es”. But in my conlang Miresua I won’t be following this convention.
Miresua takes its grammatical rules from Basque or Finnish, or both if these very different languages agree on something. Simple plurals in Basque are formed by adding a suffix of “-k” or “-ak”. In Finnish simple plurals are formed by adding a suffix of “-t” or “-et”. For Miresua, I’ve decided to add a suffix of “-k” or “-ek” for plurals. I chose to go with a “-k” ending, similar to Basque, because there are several Miresua verb conjugation endings that include a “t”.
Star is AIHÄ in Miresua; so stars, the plural, becomes — AIHÄK.