LotM - Feb 15: Achiyitqan
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Congratulations to our very first double LotM winner irrhythmic and their language Achiyitiqan! In true irrhythmic style, this baby is full of inflection and noun classes.
This public article was written by Admin Sheep, and last updated on 24 Jun 2015, 01:13.
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Many congratulations irrhythmic and Achiyitqan! Achiyitwan was built to resemble Native American languages, principally Inuktitut and Blackfoot - and it definitely looks the part it was intended.
Achiyitqan's phonology is inviting, in that it doesn't include ejectives. Not that ejectives are bad, but they make me cringe. The usual crew of stops are included, /p t k b d g/ as well as a representative from the uvular area, /q/. Achiyitqan does not have many fricatives, just /s ʃ h/. More notably, there is no rhotic, instead just /l/. Definitely fun!
The vowels are much more diverse in number - three heights are distinguished phonemically (phonetically, there are four), which the typical inventory of /a e i o u/. However, each of these comes in one of three varieties: the 'basic' sound, being /a e i o u/; long versions of these, /a: e: i: o: u:/, and finally each with a high tone, /á é í ó ú/. Fifteen phonemic vowels is a lot - but such a configuration doesn't leave them out of the realm of possibility for the average English speaker.
Achiyitqan is polysynthetic, and for those of you who do not know what that means, it is the ability to stuff a crap-ton of information into words. One word can express what English needs a phrase to do.
The nouns of Achiyitqan can have a lot of other morphemes packed into them, including:
This means that "about the deep-sea molluscs" can be just that: kadacoleisslápbippaw (example totally stolen from here).
Verbal morphology is wickedly interesting and still being processed in my cranium... so here, read about it and educate yourself. I am unsure how to sum it up succinctly without losing anything important.
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