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Hanitlami
Shemika
[ɕɛmika]
Registered by Leiden on 6 April 2017
Language type A priori
Species Human/humanoid
About Hanitlami

Hanitlami (Shemika /ɕɛmika/) is a language spoken by the Hanitlam (pl: Hanitlam), a mermaid species, primarily inhabiting the seas to the likes of tropical Pacific Ocean. "Hanitlam" derives from their Lithian name, meaning "sentient merfolk" or literally "first merfolk", although Hanitlam don't share the same conworld with Lithian's. (sth to do with tteku's love of pretty names) They call themselves She, or in common parlance, Ne.

In a nutshell: "Flowery" grammar: ERG-ABS with 11 cases, 4 animacy classes, 37+4 base phonemes, free word order (VSO in principle), and wild onset klustres.
» A mermaidly vocabulary: "land reef", "diving in air", ...
» A bit aesthetically inspired by Japanese. b-but why is /kʰ/ ch instead of kh?? dammit tteku you langstheticist
» 5 base vowels + 28 base consonants + 4 geminates. Syllable coda is always either open or of liquid cons (m n ng l). The onset on the other hand... /pt/ /ɸt/ /mpʰ/ /ɸn/ /ŋkt͡ɕmi/
» Four classes: most nouns default to one, and it may be promoted or demoted, changing its semantics. Full article....
» Agglunating - such long words such as Meiagakinnahipami could happen. "And (S) shall be able to make (O) exist, someday; and-exist-CAUSCausative (valency/mood)
cause an action to occur, force another argument to act
-FDISDistant future (tense)
something that will happen far into the future
-CAPCapability (mood)
'can'
-SBJVSubjunctive mood (mood)
desired or possible events
".
» Aaaaand, it's a long story. Hence the need of articles, I guess.
come on tteku


Update (2018-08-19): updating this summary and a bunch of some other things because lotm uhhhhhhhhhhhh
Sample of Hanitlami[view] Tiginai hathra. Shtim noitchenki inen hathra ikaite, pilikairateike, pitcheki. Hathraru aga inoiamrung noima hathra, throtumi ostaki inithroi meifkrei. Taranai, hathra kisnotumi tmili, fkrei tsietionamma.[view all texts]
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Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialLabio-
dental
AlveolarAlveolo-
palatal
PalatalVelarPharyngeal
Nasal m m:   n n:     ŋ ŋ:  
Plosive p pʰ b bˠ   t tʰ d dˠ     k kʰ g gˠ  
Fricative ɸ β   s z ɕ   [x]1 ħ
Affricate     t͡s t͡ɕ      
Lateral approximant     l l:        
Approximant   ʋ     [j]2 [ɰ]3  
Flap     ɾ ɾʰ        
  1. In clusters, allophone of /ħ/
  2. When intervocalic or word-initial, allophone of /i/
  3. Before another vowel, allophone of /ɯ/
VowelsFrontBack
Close i [i̯]1 ɯ [ɯᵝ]2 [ɯ̯]3
Open-mid ɛ [ɛ̯]4 ʌ [ʌᵝ]5 [ʌ̯]6
Open a [a̯]7  
  1. Before vowels except in word-final syllables, allophone of /i/
  2. Word-final, allophone of /ɯ/
  3. Before /i/, allophone of /ɯ/
  4. Before /i/, allophone of /ɛ/
  5. Word-final, allophone of /ʌ/
  6. Before /i/, allophone of /ʌ/
  7. Before /i/, allophone of /a/
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Hanitlami. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 HanitlamiOrthography
Aa/a/Bb/b/CH ch/kʰ/Dd/d/Ee/ɛ/Ff/ɸ/Gg/g/Hh/ħ/Ii/i/
Kk/k/KK kk/gˠ/Ll/l/LL ll/l:/Mm/m/MM mm/m:/Nn/n/NG ng/ŋ/NN nn/n:/
NNG nng/ŋ:/Oo/ʌ/Pp/p/PH ph/pʰ/PP pp/bˠ/Rr/ɾ/RR rr/ɾʰ/Ss/s/SH sh/ɕ/
Tt/t/TCH tch/t͡ɕ/TH th/tʰ/TS ts/t͡s/TT tt/dˠ/Uu/ɯ/Vv/β/Ww/ʋ/Zz/z/
✖ Unknown alphabetical order
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    Typological information for Hanitlami

    GendersOther animacy classes
    Morphological typologyAgglutinative
    Morphosyntactic alignmentSplit-S
    Primary word orderNo set order
    Valence decreasing voicesMiddle and Antipassive

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