Apostrophes in Ta'agra (the Khajit conlang) indicate morpheme boundaries.
More or less; several apostrophes seem to be in random places sometimes, though. For example, in the word do'shurh'do
, which means something along the lines of "good to be brave". In my reconstruction, I analyzed the first apostrophe to be the morpheme boundary indicator between the adverb dos
, "good", and the infinitive shurh'do
, "to be brave". shurh
seems to be the root and do
seems to be the infinitive suffix. However, this doesn't make sense as the other available infinitive doesn't sport the apostrophe as a morpheme boundary indicator (lhajiito
, "to run away"). There are other examples where the morpheme boundary indicator use for the apostrophe doesn't quite make sense, so I wouldn't jump to that conclusion.
I use the apostrophe in my Ta'agra reconstruction as an intervocal glottal stop (c.f. Ta'agra
) and as an indicator of a dropped vowel (c.f. q'zi
(qa-zi), "when", and t'siichosizz
(ta siichosizz), "I cannot sit down").
On a side note, an interview with a Morrowind game designer (I forget the name) implies that there is more structure to Ta'agra than has been released; however, I think it was because of time constraints that they did not write a book about it.