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Ka laŋi Ōkama
[ka áaái ókama]*
Registered by Egil on 24 June 2016
Language type A priori
Species Human/humanoid
About Ukamayan Ukamayan is another attempt to create a language with a minimalistic phonology, and it's based on Polynesian languages and a little bit of Tagalog and Japanese. The grammar is a collection of features that do not exist in European languages, and it is designed to have a simple but very alien grammar. Despite the name, Ukamayan has nothing to do with Mayan languages.

Ā ka laŋi Ōkama 'iomitihe nawi ka ōki ŋati'eŋamōi milaŋi nai keamai mikakālikāli mookini, ŋana na ŋawāka ka laŋi Wolinehia, na tiŋawāka ka laŋi na Niōŋiko na Takāloko wa weso'itāi. Ā ka koŋilaŋi wie ŋa'oāŋi mimeta nai 'emoi teŋōi wi ka laŋi Iolō'a, ŋanato i ka ōki na lōŋoe na 'ekai wa ti'eŋōi. Ā "ukamayan" i ka laŋi Īŋilani, koamo ŋai ka laŋi Maia wa 'ei ōe.

Some features:
  • Hierachial alignment
  • Hierarchial word order
  • Distinction between primary and secondary object
  • Floats somewhere between analytic and agglutinating
  • Verb conjugation using infixes
  • No distinction between wh-Questions and yes/no-questions

The dictionary is out of date. I'm storing the updated one offline.
Sample of Ukamayan[view] Ŋāti ōe ŋa'etōi atomītai ŋanai atofia nasosēi 'āki fie, ŋaia ŋaatomītai ŋanai fia keiosāi ōe fie fa sosōi.

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
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Sound samples in Ukamayan
Some sound samples of Ukamayan. Maximum of 6 shown. Click the links to see the full texts.
A oi ‘ākita goa goa, ka’ai heo fīikio gai kisitamāso a ‘Ōoga. Sokai ‘i ka tii faitēa ga i korāsai ‘...
Once upon a time there was a boy named Wona. He lived in a small hut at the edge of the village. W...
Language family relationships
Language treeIsolates
 ⤷ Isolate languages
  ⤷  Ukamayan
[view] About IsolatesThis is a family for isolate languages.
Nasal m       ŋ  
Plosive     t   k ʔ
Fricative   f s [ɕ]1   h
Affricate       [t͡ɕ]2    
Lateral flap     ɺ      
  1. before /i/, allophone of /s/
  2. before /i/, allophone of /t/
Close i í  
Close-mid e é o ó
Open a á1  
  1. Marks pitch accent, not phoemic tone.
Below is the orthography for Ukamayan. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
Mm/m/Oo/o/Ōō/ó/Tt/t/, [t͡ɕ]2Ff/f/Gg/ŋ/Rr/ɺ/Ss/s/, [ɕ]3
✔ Shown in correct order
  1. Marks pitch accent, not phoemic tone.
  2. before /i/
  3. before /i/
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Typological information for Ukamayan

Noun numbersSingular/Plural
Morphological typologyAnalytical
Morphosyntactic alignmentHierarchical alignment
Number of nominal casesTwo cases
Primary word orderHierarchical

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