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Ksah-Choo
[ˈksɑcu]
Registered by PlasticRaven on 15 November 2015
Language type A priori
Species Human/humanoid
About Ksah-Choo A language I'm developing for an as-yet-unnamed webcomic. Spoken by the Moh-Ksah-Ee, a short, stubby, yellow-skinned, reptile-like race that eventually finds itself forced to abandon its home planet for Earth, Ksah-Choo is conveyed entirely in a simple English orthography designed to be relatively intuitive for non-linguists. It is a VSO, nominative-accusative, mostly agglutinative language with some fusional elements in the form of multi-exponential affixes. Ksah-Choo could be considered unusual for its complete lack of a voicing contrast in consonants; its lack of fricatives besides /h/, /ɬ/, and the nearly-always-affricated /t͡s/; its two click consonants; being synthetic but possessing no person-marking (pronouns are treated like any other noun); and its two-dimensional grammatical gender system contrasting two sexes (male and female) and three sizes (small, medium, and large) - for example, the name "Ksah-Choo" lacks a gender/size affix because "choo" (language) is a feminine medium noun, which is considered default, but the "ee" in "Moh-Ksah-Ee" signifies male and medium. In many other respects, however, Ksah-Choo is a fairly average affixing language, and its vowel inventory, for obvious reasons, would be quite familiar to an Anglophone.
Sample of Ksah-Choo[view] Choh-lyah-toam-ken lyew-kyoo-oh kots-tthong peel-tee-leh. Choh-ah-mew-kway noo-yeh-tthah-oh way choh-ah-eh-mah lwayk poh mot-tee way eh-poh-ah-toh-hlee lee-tway noo-koo-choh-oh tah!

I’ve been like a mother to that girl. I’ve locked her in her room, told her she was fat, and once I even left her in a store!
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Latest vocabulary
Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialDentalAlveolarPalatalLabio-
velar
VelarGlottal
Nasal m   n ɲ   ŋ  
Plosive p t c   k  
Fricative     (s)1       h
Affricate     t͡s        
Lateral approximant     l ʎ      
Lateral fricative     ɬ        
Approximant       j w    
Click   ǀ ǃ        
  1. Only in a few culturally significant words and loanwords, after a mostly complete merger into /t͡s/.
VowelsFrontNear-
front
Back
Close i y   u
Near-close   ɪ  
Close-mid e   o
Open-mid ɛ   ʌ
Near-open æ    
Open     ɑ
Polyphthongs [æu]1 [oi]2
  1. allophone of /æ/
  2. allophone of /ɪ/
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Ksah-Choo. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 Ksah-ChooOrthography
Aa/æ/AH ah/ɑ/AY ay/e/CH ch/c/CLOP clop/ǃ/EE ee/i/EH eh/ɛ/EW ew/y/Hh/h/HL hl/ɬ/Ii/ɪ/
Kk/k/Ll/l/LY ly/ʎ/Mm/m/Nn/n/NG ng/ŋ/NY ny/ɲ/OH oh/o/OO oo/u/OW ow[æu]OY oy[oi]
Pp/p/Ss/s/1Tt/t/TS ts/t͡s/TSK tsk/ǀ/TTH tth/t̪/UH uh/ʌ/Ww/w/Yy/j/
✖ Unknown alphabetical order
  1. Only in a few culturally significant words and loanwords, after a mostly complete merger into /t͡s/, loan words only
Typological information for Ksah-Choo

Verb agreementSubject and object
Marked person (verb)None
Animacy distinctionsThree distinctions
GendersMasculine/Feminine
Morphological typologyAgglutinative

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