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Centaur
Khongkhùngmākhn tiêng
[kʰoŋ kʰùŋmākʰn tiêŋ]
Registered by [Deactivated User] on 1 February 2018
Language type A posteriori
Species Human/humanoid
About Centaur The language of the centaurs from my conworld spoken mainly at the southeast and around the equator. Some of notable features of the Centaurian language are five phonemic tones, SVO word order, very straightforward grammar, crazy aspiration, and its vocabulary is similar to Thai, Lao, Khmer and Vietnamese.

Centaurian has three main dialects, the most spoken of which is Sompon - the one at the equator and nearby, around the river that divides Amthi and Ŕepčilźemě, one the most linguistically diverse places in my conworld. Sompon Centaurian is known for a lot of diphthongs and for being the bridge between the other two dialects, the speakers of which can have some difficulties understanding each other.
Sample of Centaur[view] Chong hā phùkpa chong Chrow, cáng chxlı chānchū gandonú. Hxn sâw gis, hxn lx́n lea gaygo khongchxlı bân rāngkāy kok là chxnên. / / Là chxlı chak khongsâw timuoy sratap, ditiêu se husukva sral ngùn. / Chak tisx̄ng sratap: khlûnsi, chhuhàw, lea khongavoyvú kānchā. / Chak tiba sratap: nasa chhucheb thòplax́ rāngkāy lea pxklxk. / Chak tisáu srata...[view all texts]
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Sound samples in Centaur
Some sound samples of Centaur. Maximum of 6 shown. Click the links to see the full texts.
Chikó ching sx̀khongwan là huchak thı than minmen là huchak kmenovey.
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
Raw da thalx̂y tovinhtomo, bxyvi raw da mêtmoy sū.
We forgave each other, since we were tired of fighting each other.
Mx̄ phom da banhchoul, Cxn da sarser nih chxdmı.
When I came in, Ivan was writing this letter.
Phom da hétlên lea hétlên, nhxng bomiphı minmen da ngye phom.
I yelled and yelled, but nobody heard me.
Than là khxnbâ!
You are an idiot!
Than là muoy chamlı wertalı.
You're one ugly motherfucker.
Language family relationships
[edit] [view] Jopi (Ciopis Centaur)The southern dialect, spoken at the north Cyclopia and Čeoaiea. It has more phonemes and sounds kinda Like Zhuang, beside having a lot simplier syllable structure
[edit] [view] Shkránh Huykmaku (Sharkan Centaur)Spoken at the south of Sharkania just between the mountains and the plains. Has a complex syllable structure and some phonetical changes, main of which are the loss of the flat tone and /ɤ/, compensated by some other phonemes that appeared as a result of the Zunish, Sharkan and Enenran influence
Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialLabio-
dental
AlveolarPost-
Alveolar
Alveolo-
palatal
PalatalLabio-
velar
VelarGlottal
Nasal m   n   ȵ     ŋ  
Plosive p pʰ b   t tʰ d         k kʰ g  
Fricative   f v s z           h
Affricate     t͡s d͡z t͡ʃ t͡ʃʰ d͡ʒ          
Lateral approximant     l            
Approximant           j w    
Trill     r            
VowelsFrontNear-
front
Near-
back
Back
Close [i]1     [u]2 û ú ù ū ǔ
Near-close   ɪ ʊ  
Close-mid e ê é è ē ě     ɤ ɤ̂ ɤ́ ɤ̀ ɤ̄ ɤ̌ o ô ó ò ō ǒ
Open-mid       ʌ
Open [a]3 â á à ā ǎ      
Polyphthongs aɪ̯
  1. when stressed, allophone of /ɪ/
  2. when stressed, allophone of /ʊ/
  3. when stressed, allophone of /ʌ/
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Centaur. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 CentaurOrthography [edit]
Ǎǎ/ǎ/Āā/ā/Aa/ʌ/, [a]1Áá/á/Ââ/â/Àà/à/Bb/b/Cc/t͡s/CH ch/t͡ʃ/CHH chh/t͡ʃʰ/
Dd/d/DZ dz/d͡z/Êê/ê/Ēē/ē/Èè/è/Ee/e/Ěě/ě/Éé/é/Ff/f/Gg/g/
Hh/h/Ii/ɪ/, [i]2/aɪ̯/Jj/d͡ʒ/Kk/k/KH kh/kʰ/Ll/l/Mm/m/Nn/n/NG ng/ŋ/
NH nh/ȵ/Ōō/ō/Oo/o/Òò/ò/Óó/ó/Ôô/ô/Ǒǒ/ǒ/Pp/p/PH ph/pʰ/Rr/r/
Ss/s/Tt/t/TH th/tʰ/Úú/ú/Ǔǔ/ǔ/Ùù/ù/Uu/ʊ/, [u]3Ūū/ū/Ûû/û/Vv/v/
Ww/w/Xx/ɤ/X̀ x̀/ɤ̀/X́ x́/ɤ́/X̂ x̂/ɤ̂/X̄ x̄/ɤ̄/X̌ x̌/ɤ̌/Yy/j/Zz/z/
✖ Unknown alphabetical order [change]
  1. when stressed
  2. when stressed
  3. when stressed
Typological information for Centaur

GendersMasculine/Feminine/Neuter
Noun numbersSingular/Plural
Number of nominal casesOne case
Primary word orderSVO

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