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Not-Canonical Amaian
kaaexap guecchip
[əˈmajən, ʔɛ̌:ɦɑ̄ gə̀cʼī]
Registered by [Deactivated User] on 23 April 2016
Language type A priori
Species Human/humanoid
About Not-Canonical Amaian NOTE: not a Sahar language anymore. Also inactive. This is basically an archived conlang.

-Complex phonology where length in vowels interacts with a word tone system. This produces 50 distinct tone patterns in words three syllables or fewer. Fortis/lenis contrast in consonants. Monosyllabic words are not allowed. Velar/uvular harmony and ae/e harmony within words.
-Fusional verbal morphology incorporating speaker attitude, certainty of knowledge, and direction of motion, among other grammatical categories. These are expressed through tone changes, vowel and consonant length changes, infixation, and many forms of reduplication.
-No morphological aspect or tense.
-Clitics galore covering many case-like and TAM-marking functions, among others. Many words have both short and long forms as they combine with clitics or stand alone.
-Head-final directionality shifting towards head-initial under influence from neighboring languages.
-SVO with SOV word order when the O is in focus. Complex system of marking topic and focus.
-Large numbers of loanwords from  Kalchelian,  Jená,  Laefêvëši (outdated),  Not-Canonical Voont, Mroksakh, and more!
-One component of Amaia's striking ethnolinguistic diversity. An Eastern Miraric language.
-Pronounced dialectal variation (the variety presented here is the most commonly-spoken variety of Amaia's western central region).
-Multiple scripts in use: the most widely-used was inspired by a dream of an Amaian cultural leader during the revolution that brought upon the current Amaian political system. Also written in the Mahavic alphabet and the  Jená abugida.

Inspirations: Amharic (Ethiopia), Ket (Russia), Mandarin (China), Shanghainese (China), Jin Chinese (China), Makalero (East Timor), Basque (Spain/France), Ewegbe, Fongbe, Gungbe (Ghana/Togo/Benin/Nigeria). Check them out! They do cool things cooler than I could!
Sample of Not-Canonical Amaian[view] boollot dme-bbol-buue?

I wonder what's for dinner?
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Latest vocabulary
chollabiirvcapture
chollabiirvcommandeer
Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialLabio-
dental
DentalAlveolarRetroflexAlveolo-
palatal
PalatalVelarUvularPharyngealGlottal
Nasal m m:           ɲ ɲ: ŋ ŋ: [ɴ]1 [ɴ:]2    
Plosive p: b b:   t̪ʼ t̪:       [cʼ]3 [k]4 [kʼ]5 k: g q qʼ [q:]6   ʔ
Fricative     [ð]7     ɕ:   x: [ɣ]8 [χ:]9 [ʁ]10 [ħ:]11 h: ɦ
Affricate           t͡ɕ          
Lateral approximant       [ɭ]12            
Lateral fricative       ɮ:ʲ              
Approximant   ʋ         j        
  1. after uvular in word, allophone of /ŋ/
  2. after uvular in word, allophone of /ŋ:/
  3. before front vowel, allophone of /t̪ʼ/
  4. after velar in word, allophone of /q/
  5. after velar in word, allophone of /qʼ/
  6. after uvular in word, allophone of /k:/
  7. V_V, allophone of /d̪/
  8. allophone of /ʁ/
  9. after uvular in word, allophone of /x:/
  10. allophone of /g/
  11. in free variation, allophone of /h:/
  12. _C, allophone of /l̪/
VowelsFrontNear-
front
CentralNear-
back
Back
Close i i:   ɨ ɨ:   u u:
Near-close   ɪ:   ʊ:  
Close-mid e       o
Mid     ə ə:    
Open-mid ɛ ɛ:        
Open [a]1       ɑ ɑ:
  1. after palatal consonants, allophone of /ɑ/
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Not-Canonical Amaian. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 Not-Canonical AmaianOrthography [edit]
Aa/ɑ/, [a]1AA aa/ɑ:/AAE aae/ɛ:/AE ae/ɛ/Bb/b/BB bb/p:/CCH cch/t̪ʼ/, [cʼ]2CH ch/t͡ɕ/Dd/d̪/, [ð]3DD dd/t̪:/
Ee/e/EE ee/ɪ:/Gg/g/, [ʁ]GG gg/k:/, [q:]4Hh/ɣ/, [ʁ]HH hh/x:/, [χ:]5Ii/i/II ii/i:/Kk/ʔ/Ll/l̪/, [ɭ]6
LL ll/ɮ:ʲ/Mm/m/MM mm/m:/Nn/ɲ/NG ng/ŋ/, [ɴ]7NN nn/ɲ:/NNG nng/ŋ:/, [ɴ:]8Oo/o/OO oo/ʊ:/Pp//
Qq/q/, [k]9QQ qq/qʼ/, [kʼ]10Rr/ʁ/, [ɣ]RR rr/x:/Tt//Uu/u/UE ue/ə/UI ui/ɨ/UU uu/u:/UUE uue/ə:/
UUI uui/ɨ:/Vv/ʋ/VV vv/b:/Xx/ɦ/XX xx/h:/, [ħ:]11Yy/j/YY yy/ɕ:/
✖ Unknown alphabetical order [change]
  1. after palatal consonants
  2. before front vowel
  3. V_V
  4. after uvular in word
  5. after uvular in word
  6. _C
  7. after uvular in word
  8. after uvular in word
  9. after velar in word
  10. after velar in word
  11. in free variation
Latest 8 related articles listed below.
Standard Amaian Grammar Sketch
morphology, syntax, pragmatics
18-Aug-16 06:58
Amaian Clitics
documenting the many clitics of Standard Amaian
20-Jul-16 10:34
History of Amaian [WIP]
its connection to the Eastern Mirarian languages and subsequ...
03-Jun-16 09:45
Amaian Tone [WIP]
explanation of word tone, description of tonal interactions ...
24-May-16 08:12
Typological information for Not-Canonical Amaian

Pronoun-noun possessionOther
Constituent dislocation possibleYes
Morphological typologyAnalytical

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