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Kantrian Proper
Kantrë Kentÿ
[kɐntɾœ kɛntø]*
Registered by Áelenor on 25 February 2020
Language type Artistic Language (Artlang)
Place & SpeakersKantrian Proper is spoken by a population of around 29,000,000 in Kantras.
Species Human/humanoid
About Kantrian Proper Last Updated: 07/06/2021

Kantrë is the language of the people of Kantras, a medium-sized nation that is a powerhouse of culture and commerce. Kantrë is considered to be an international language across Aqwa, similar to English in real life or "Common" in D&D, yet not as standardised as either.

Kantrë is characterised by the deep piety and isolationism of its culture. Each of the ten gods of Kantras corresponds to each of the ten distinct vowels of Kantrë, which in turn corresponds to an animacy category that applies to all lexical words of the language. Three of these categories are doubled by means of a slight affixation adjustment for a total of 13 animacy distinctions. Notably, the vowels corresponding to each category are so powerful that the subject vowels of a word are prone to changing height in derivation processes to come closer to the height of the animacy vowel.

In truth, the association of vowels with gods was somewhat of a coincidence that the Kantrian ministry of education took advantage of to create a false notion that Kantrë is in itself a language of "divine symmetry". Kantrë had remained quite static in terms of its orthography (and pronunciation, to a lesser degree) for more than a millenium, but during the last couple of centuries it has been undergoing a process of vowel merging, which is reflected in the vernacular. That vernacular, dubbed Kantrë Taqÿ, started turning into a quasi-lingua-franca across Aqwa around the same time the vowel merging started occuring, which is why the ministry of education, in an attempt at conserving the supposed "divine symmetry", formalised Kantrë Kentÿ, the "proper" language.

This language is currently under design; I'm currently working on derivation rules, which is the last major hurdle before I can start filling in the lexicon.
Sample of Kantrian Proper[view] W:eny arpw:ï hynwoh köqgw:y nÿ wawer:ytÿqÿ nÿ walk:ovoqo malm:ÿns. L:amve galÿm nÿ wilnoswym nÿ w:eny pelvanweh l t:omy w:ym mes syþoqker.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
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Language treeKantric
 ⤷ Proto-Kantric
  ⤷ Classical Kantrian
   ⤷  Kantrian Proper
[view] About KantricThis family of languages is very prominent in the northern regions of Aqwa, including widely-spoken languages such as KNTR and KLLS.
[edit] [view] Kantrë Taqÿ (Common Kantrian)Last Update: 27/06/2021

Taqÿ is the vernacular. Its orthography is identical to Kentÿ, but its phonology and grammar are not. Some new words have been borrowed from other languages.

Phonological changes:
- mid vowels are no longer phonemically distinct and are blended with high or low vowels
- voiced fricatives disappear, causing massive sound changes around them
- /ɬ/ turns to /ç/

Grammatical changes:
- adpositional case drops for the accusative
- middle voice merges with the passive
Nasal m m:     n n:   ŋ ŋ:
Plosive p p:     t t:   k k:
Fricative   f f: v v: θ θ: ð ð: s̠: s̠   x x: ɣ ɣ:
Lateral approximant       l l: [l̥]1    
Lateral fricative       ɬ ɬ:    
Approximant   [ʋ]2   [ɹ̪]3 ʍ ʍ: [w]4 [ɰ]5
Trill       r6    
Flap       ɾ [ɾ̥]7    
  1. Always in the beginning of words, allophone of /l/
  2. Always when unstressed, never in consonant clusters or when geminated, allophone of /v/
  3. Always when unstressed, never in consonant clusters or when geminated, allophone of /ð/
  4. Only after a voiced consonant, allophone of /w/
  5. Always when unstressed, never in consonant clusters or when geminated, allophone of /ɣ/
  6. The geminated form of /ɾ/
  7. Always in the beginning of words, allophone of /ɾ/
Close i i: y y:   u u:
Close-mid e e: ø ø:   o o:
Mid   ə1  
Open-mid ɛ ɛ: œ œ:   ɔ ɔ:
Near-open   ɐ ɐ:  
  1. Only after a single-consonant word or after a word-final geminated consonant
Below is the orthography for Kantrian Proper. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 Kantrian ProperOrthography [edit]
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    Typological information for Kantrian Proper

    Animacy distinctionsFive distinctions or more
    Base counting systemDuodecimal (12)
    Morphological typologyFusional
    Phonemic vowel lengthShort/Long
    Marked voice (verb)Active, Middle, and Passive

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