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Tsunem
nibecyu
[nib̥et͡ɕu]*
Registered by Miachelidon on 11 October 2019
Language type Artistic Language (Artlang)
Species Human/humanoid
About Tsunem
Development

Initially the idea for a language sprang from a live RPG game. One if the characters came from the country Tsunano and needed a basic cultural background. I sketched the language as part of that.

Later I teleported the country and language to an unidentified exoplanet, where I still imagine it to be. As the context of RPG had fallen away, the apriory language lost all constraints and to continue with it, I felt it necessary to look for a new context.

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Sample of Tsunem[view] Pudave citebusku-Redis piti azifti malte no' milte vaze no' milte maqe ivi ate no' vibi vaye no' vili alel no' viti vake non ibi lale no' viki vale non ili vajye no' viyi vaje non iti made no' viji mate no' mili lake no' vici abe non iki a'te no' lili alel no' vidi made non iyi take n...[view all texts]
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Language family relationships
[view] jin cyuu (Jin Tsunem)It mainly features a retroflex series of consonants in stead of the palatal series. In addition, voiced plosives are not reduced to nasals at the beginning of a word.
Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialLabio-
dental
AlveolarAlveolo-
palatal
PalatalVelar
Nasal [m]1   [n]2     [ŋ]3
Plosive     ɟ̥
Fricative   [f]4 [s]5 z [ɕ]6 ʑ [ʑ̃]7   [x]8 ɣ̞
Affricate     t͡s d͡z t͡ɕ d͡ʑ    
Lateral approximant     l      
Approximant   ʋ [ɹ]9   j [j̃]10  
Blends [ɹ͡ʑ]11 k͡ɕ g͡ʑ
  1. allophone of /b̥/
  2. allophone of /d̥/
  3. allophone of /g̥/
  4. allophone of /pʰ/
  5. allophone of /tʰ/
  6. allophone of /cʰ/
  7. allophone of /ɟ̥/
  8. allophone of /kʰ/
  9. allophone of /z/
  10. allophone of /ɟ̥/
  11. allophone of /ʑ/
VowelsFrontNear-
front
Back
Close i [i:]1 [y:]2   u [ũ̞]3
Near-close   [ɪ̃:]4 [ɪ̃]5 [ʏ̃:]6  
Close-mid e [e:]7 [ø:]8   o [õ̞]9
Open [ã̝:]10 [a̝:]11 [ã̝]12 [ɶ̝̃:]13   ɑ [ɑ̃:]14 [ɑ̃]
  1. allophone of /i/
  2. allophone of /u/
  3. allophone of /u/
  4. allophone of /i/
  5. allophone of /i/
  6. allophone of /u/
  7. allophone of /e/
  8. allophone of /o/
  9. allophone of /o/
  10. allophone of /e/
  11. allophone of /ɑ/
  12. allophone of /e/
  13. allophone of /o/
  14. allophone of /ɑ/
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Tsunem. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 TsunemOrthography
Kk
Ka
/kʰ/
Gg
Ga
/g̥/
Xx
[x]
Ng ng
[ŋ]
Cc
Ca
/cʰ/
Jj
Ja
/ɟ̥/
Sy sy
[ɕ]
Zy zy
Zya
/ʑ/
Yy
Ya
/j/
Ny ny
[ʑ̃]
Tt
Ta
/tʰ/
Dd
Da
/d̥/
Ss
[s]
Zz
Za
/z/
Nn
[n]
Pp
Pa
/pʰ/
Bb
Ba
/b̥/
Ff
[f]
Mm
[m]
Qq
Qa
/ɣ̞/
Ry ry
[ɹ͡ʑ]
Rr
[ɹ]
Ll
La
/l/
Vv
Va
/ʋ/
'
A'
/̃/
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    Typological information for Tsunem

    Base counting systemSexagesimal (60)
    Morphosyntactic alignmentErgative/Absolutive
    NasalsNo nasal phonemes
    Number of nominal casesSix cases
    Primary word orderSVO

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