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Tsunem [CYU]
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Typology New 22 words
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cyu ném
[cju n:m]*
Registered by Jules Kuiper on 11 October 2019
Language type Artistic Language (Artlang)
Species Human/humanoid
About Tsunem
Linguistic Features

Grammatical inflection is limited to reduplication and shiftings of the accent within a word. Presently around 8 kinds of different reduplication processes have been described for this language.

Noun and adjective declension has five cases; many have a strong and weak form–but not for number or gender or animacy. Pronouns are inflected as nouns and personal pronouns exist only for 1st and 3rd person; the 2nd person must be inferred from the text or context.

Verbs have three moods, six voices and three aspects—no tense, no person. Subordinate clauses cannot stand in the indicative mood. Transitivity is marked on the verb stem as well.

Adverbs and postpositions cannot be inflected. There are no "true" conjunctions, only conjunct adverbs and other inferential means to link sentences.

Each word has one tonal stress. Word compounding is possible only for words of the same part of speech. Therefore large compounds, though possible, are usually avoided. Inflected pronouns can be compounded to form one cluster. A compound has one tonal accent on the head.


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.

    Task List
  • Update sandhi
  • Noun and adjective declension update
  • Verb conjugation update
  • Write basic syntax
  • Upload script
  • Add words
Sample of Tsunem[view] cyunemá' ùn ìslif

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irafffuture tense auxilary
Language family relationships
[view] jin cyu ném (Jin Tsunem)No summary available for this dialect.
Nasal [m]1   [n]2     [ŋ]3
Plosive b   d   c ɟ g
Fricative ɸ   s z ɕ ʑ   x ɣ̞
Affricate     t͡s d͡z t͡ɕ d͡ʑ    
Lateral approximant     l      
Approximant   ʋ ɹ   j  
  1. allophone of /b/
  2. allophone of /d/
  3. allophone of /g/
Close i ĩ [y:]1   u ũ
Close-mid e ẽ [ø:]2   o õ
Mid   [ə]3  
Open a ã   ɑ
  1. allophone of /u/
  2. allophone of /o/
  3. allophone of /ɑ/
Below is the orthography for Tsunem. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
Pp/pʰ/Bb/b/Ff/ɸ/Vv/ʋ/AA aa/a/Mm[m]Qq/ɣ̞/
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    Typological information for Tsunem

    Morphosyntactic alignmentErgative/Absolutive
    Number of nominal casesSix cases
    Primary word orderSOV
    Marked transitivity (verb)Transitive/Intransitive/Ditransitive

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