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Himmaswa [HMS]
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Language type Artistic Language (Artlang)
Species Human/humanoid
About Himmaswa Himmaswa 樒目語 is an analytic and somewhat isolating language spoken by the subjects of the Himma Kingdom, centre of the Himma Empire and the lands of Swamperia.

Some quick facts about Himmaswa:
- primarily monosyllabic/sesquisyllabic roots
- great variety of permitted syllable-initial consonant clusters
- complex vowel system includes seven base vowels modified by four types of diphthongs/triphthongs, and four types of phonation/length, nearly always overlapping, resulting in 38 distinct vowel phonemes.
- syntax governed by topic-comment structure
- syntactic ordering is primarily head-initial
- nominative-accusative alignment
- base word order is SVO
- pro-drop (subjects and objects)
- no overt tense marking, but has extensive aspect and mood auxiliaries
- no passive voice; such focus shifting is handled instead through topicalization
- frequent compounding of both nouns and verbs
- employs both sequential and simultaneous serial verb constructions
- regular plural generally unmarked, but makes use of associative plural
- written in a logographic script

I'd like to write some articles on this language, but I'm not sure which aspects of the language to start with. If anyone is particularly interested in reading about any aspect of Himmaswa, let me know.
Sample of Himmaswa[view] Peen wounlooayk guangjart smek pletwboy.

Kids see ghosts sometimes.
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Faotswapprname of a language
Language family relationships
Language treeSwamperian
 ⤷ Proto-Swamperian
  ⤷ West Swamperian
   ⤷ West-Central Swamperian
    ⤷  Seuongswa
     ⤷ Pñooaytkchochswa
      ⤷  Himmaswa
Nasal m   n     ɲ   ŋ  
Plosive b   d         g  
Fricative   f s           h
Affricate       t͡ʃʰ d͡ʒ [ʈ͡ʂ]1 [ɖ͡ʐ]2        
Lateral approximant     l   [ɭ]3        
Approximant           j w    
Flap     [ɾ]4            
Implosive [ɓ]5   [ɗ]6            
  1. adjacent to rhotic vowels, allophone of /t͡ʃʰ/
  2. adjacent to rhotic vowels, allophone of /d͡ʒ/
  3. after back vowels, allophone of /l/
  4. after alveolar stops and affricates, allophone of /l/
  5. allophone of /b/
  6. allophone of /d/
Close i:       uʱ u:
Near-close   ɪ   ʊ  
Mid     ə̰˞: ə˞:    
Open-mid ɛ œ       ʌ ɔ ɔʱ ɔ̰ ɔ̰˞:
Open a aʱ a̰: a̰˞:        
Polyphthongs ɛə uəj iəw ɔo ʏœ œɔ ej æj
əu iə iəʱ ʊj əj ɪçʱ ɛçʱ aj̰ ɔj̰ aw̰
Below is the orthography for Himmaswa. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 HimmaswaOrthography [edit]
Aa/a/AA aa/a̰:/AH ah/aʱ/AI ai/aj̰/AIY aiy/æj/AO ao/aw̰/AR ar/a̰˞:/AU au/ɔ̰/AY ay/əj/Bb/b/
CH ch/t͡ʃʰ/Dd/d/Ee/ɛ/EA ea/ɛə/EE ee/i:/EH eh/ɛçʱ/ER er/ə̰˞:/EU eu/œ/EUO euo/œɔ/EUU euu/ʏœ/
EY ey/ej/Ff/f/Gg/g/Hh/h/Ii/ɪ/IA ia/iə/IAH iah/iəʱ/IAU iau/iəw/IH ih/ɪçʱ/IO io/iɔ/
Jj/d͡ʒ/Kk/kʰ/Ll/l/Mm/m/Ññ/ɲ/Nn/n/NG ng/ŋ/Oo/ɔ/OA oa/ɔo/OH oh/ɔʱ/
OO oo/u:/OOAY ooay/uəj/OOH ooh/uʱ/OR or/ɔ̰˞:/OU ou/ʊ/OY oy/ɔj̰/Pp/pʰ/Ss/s/Tt/tʰ/Uu/ʌ/
UA ua/uə/UI ui/ʊj/UOO uoo/əu/UR ur/ə˞:/Ww/w/Yy/j/
✖ Unknown alphabetical order [change]
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    Typological information for Himmaswa

    Noun numbersNo numbers
    Morphological typologyAnalytical
    Morphosyntactic alignmentNominative/Accusative
    Number of nominal casesOne case
    Primary word orderSVO

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