Mohkien / Mɔhяkienя bunжThe foundation of Mohkien language comes from Medan Hokkien language, which is a Hokkien creole spoken predominantly at Medan city, North Sumatera province, Indonesia.
The source of Mohkien's words mostly comes from Medan Hokkien, and a few come from Taiwanese Hokkien. This characteristic makes Mohkien an a posteriori language*.
Mohkien's sentence structure follows that of Indonesian, Medan Hokkien, and Chinese, which is SOV but the position of Adverb of Time is placed either at the beginning of the sentence or after the Subject, like that in Chinese.
The following rules are allowed for the First Version of tone marking:
- There are 4 tones as in Chinese Mandarin. Colon and Period are adopted as the tone markers, as a result, Mohkien's punctuation is slightly modified.
- The Burmese's "||" which indicates the end of a sentence is used instead of a period.
*a posteriori: languages that take most of their material from existing natural languages. On the contrary, a priori: languages that are completely created from scratch.
Taiwanese Hokkien dictionary