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Cuuyamu
Cuuyamu
[cu:jamu]*
Registered by Elinnea on 2 January 2016
Language type A priori
Species Human/humanoid
About Cuuyamu Cuuyamu is a language spoken by a people called the Shàalilu who live as a group of individual clans in a forest with many rivers, mountains to the east, and a sea to the west. They live as hunter/gatherers with some basic agriculture, and they have a rich oral history and storytelling tradition.

This is a language I am inventing for my own personal enjoyment. It's an excellent excuse to learn more about linguistics and how languages all over the world convey information in different ways. I intend Cuuyamu to be naturalistic, but I don't fret too much about the details of realism if it conflicts with my personal aesthetic of what I'd like the language to do.

It's primarily VSO and highly synthetic (with some polysynthetic tendencies), having lots of affixes that fall somewhere between fusional and agglutinative. The verbs require agreement for both subject and object, but nouns don't normally inflect at all, except occasionally when they can act as verbs. Animacy is a significant distinction in multiple parts of the grammar and is mostly semantically defined. The animate category consists of humans, animals, and some abstract nouns that originate from people (such as stories and traditions). There are four phonemic tones but each word can only have one, so you might call it a pitch accent language.
Sample of Cuuyamu[view] Ali bayiçuuja yúu ñimutjaz tali yúulilu yash cuuyaiya tuum bayiçuupaqi dzaal yúu cipa. Paa daz shùuamñaali taadziiupu dzaal ta Shinal dziq tali ùud, tuum tadziq saaluutsñuju. Asii yiçu cuuyauadtu cu “Shíid çatsimupaqi waci dzaal tsíída tuum jùuts açtani wuujcamipaqi.” Asii túubiupaqi dzaal busa dub tsíída tuum jùuts paaba luqibañiupaqi. Asii cuuya...[view all texts]
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Language family relationships
[view] Maanapita Cuuyamu (Modern Cuuyamu)Modern Cuuyamu is a dialect where I store modern/real world vocabulary that I want to create but which doesn't currently have a place in the culture and world that I'm developing for the language.
Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialAlveolarPost-
Alveolar
PalatalLabio-
velar
VelarUvular
Nasal m n   ɲ      
Plosive p b t d   c   [k]1 q
Fricative   s z ʃ ʒ ç      
Affricate   t͡s d͡z          
Lateral approximant   l          
Approximant       j w    
  1. Before or after high vowels, allophone of /q/
VowelsFrontBack
Close i i: î: í: ǐ: u u: û: ú: ǔ:
Open a a: â: á: ǎ:  
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Cuuyamu. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 CuuyamuOrthography
Aa/a/AA aa/a:/ÀA àa/â:/ÁA áa/ǎ:/ÁÁ áá/á:/Çç/ç/ÌI ìi/î:/ÍÍ íí/í:/ÍI íi/ǐ:/Ññ/ɲ/ÙU ùu/û:/ÚÚ úú/ú:/
ÚU úu/ǔ:/Bb/b/Cc/c/Dd/d/DZ dz/d͡z/Ii/i/II ii/i:/Jj/ʒ/Ll/l/Mm/m/Nn/n/Pp/p/
Qq/q/Ss/s/SH sh/ʃ/Tt/t/TS ts/t͡s/Uu/u/UU uu/u:/Ww/w/Yy/j/Zz/z/
✖ Unknown alphabetical order
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    Typological information for Cuuyamu

    Fixed stress locationInitial
    Pronoun dropping?Yes
    Verb agreementSubject and object
    Primary word orderVSO
    Noun head-directionalityHead final

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