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Gazal [GZL]
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Registered by Gazelle on 13 August 2016
Language type A priori
Species Human/humanoid
About Gazal I wanted to create a Chinese-esque language that has a semi-pictographic writing system, so here it is ! (NB - I haven't actually created a font for the writing system, so have a Latin one for now *slaps with Latin alphabet*

*Oh, it also uses an alphabetical writing system in urban areas. Anyway, ahem*

**And loanwords use the  Antelopaen alphabet that I haven't created a font for yet either!**


I actually started creating this conlang on a flight back to homeland Uk. It got delayed 4 hours and I waited in Skiathos airport for 7 hours because the travel companies make you are there ages before your flight, so I got bored.

My childhood nickname was Gazelle, coined by my PE teacher. (thank you!)
So in the dying heat and after being stared at by a grumpy passport woman, my delusional head started to wonder
Hey, what if Gazelles could talk? What language would they speak?

Can use SVO, OVS or SOV order. But, the verb 'be able to' must always come before the subject and breaks every law of damn physics, unless in a question. So,

You are dancing. - Śah asa
Are you dancing? - Asa śah?
You can dance. - Qá śah asa
Can you dance. Śah qá asa?

Uses fairly English grammar, but there are some strange parts.

Sometimes the letter á (/a/) is pronounced /o:/. Like the letter 'ayn' in an Iraqi accent

Spoken with the Chechen and or Arabic accent. Hunda älçi suna Noxçiyn mott duqa veza

Sample of Gazal[view] Hanz śah alha cap portal.

Now you're thinking with portals.
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Language treeBovidaen
 ⤷ Proto- Bovidae
  ⤷  Gazal
[view] About BovidaenThe languages spoken by a mysterious humanoid species called the Gaza and Azral. The Gaza and Azral arrived on earth in circa 1530 from their home planet Hirxant. The Gaza and Azral are humanoid, the Gaza resemble Gazelles and the Azral are alike whi...
[view] Gazajazrááq Azri (Azri Dialect)A dialect spoken by the Azri people, who are the second largest racial group in Gazakoi. It's sort of a mix between their language, Katzelle and Gazal. A double letter shows the sound is extended. E.g. The word for Azri dialect - Gazajazrááq Azri in IPA is /gæzæʔæzra:q/
Lots of spelling differences, etc.
[view] Śansus Gazujazraq (Mountain Gazelle)Spoken by those who live in the mountains of Gazakoi. Contains ejective sounds spelt kj, śj, tj, dj, pj, bj, etc. and a new blend - kx. Uses the glyph based writing system and usually spoken slower and with an accent described by surrounding villages as 'from the caucasus'. Some vowels have become schwa-s because of villages being isolated.

An example of a basic sentence -
GZL ~ Qá lac asa hei
GZL-SNS ~ Qjá luc asu hai
/q'a ləʦ æsə ħæɪ/
Nasal m n            
Plosive p b t d   k g q1     ʔ2
Fricative   s z ʃ   χ ħ ʜ  
Affricate   t͡s            
Lateral approximant   l            
Flap   ɾ            
  1. Often becomes /ɢ/ when talking quickly
  2. Pronounced as /ˤ/ word initially
Near-close   ɪ    
Mid     ə  
Open-mid ɛ     ɔ
Near-open æ      
Open a      
Polyphthongs ɛɪ ɔɪ əɪ
Below is the orthography for Gazal. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
✖ Unknown alphabetical order
  1. Pronounced as /ˤ/ word initially
  2. Often becomes /ɢ/ when talking quickly
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