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Kavahiri
Kavaxiri
[,kʰaβa'ʕiri]
Registered by severy on 16 September 2015
Language type A priori
Place & SpeakersSpoken in: TabiqaRegional
Species Human/humanoid
About Kavahiri Loosely inspired by Arabic and a variety of African languages. (Very loosely.)
Sample of Kavahiri[view] Xzu cavmi !

Don't kill me!
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Latest vocabulary
aŧiadjpure
aŧiadjclear
maknarm
Language family relationships
Language treeKaffic
 ⤷ Proto-Kaffic
  ⤷ Proto-Kaffari-Jeneri
   ⤷ Kaffar
    ⤷ Old Kavahiri
     ⤷  Kavahiri
[view] About KafficA once-larger family that now contains only one healthy language and a handful of moribund ones.
Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialDentalAlveolarPalatalLabio-
velar
VelarPharyngealGlottal
Nasal m   n [ɲ]1   ŋ    
Plosive p [pʼ]2 b   t tʼ d [c]3 [cʼ]4 [ɟ]5   k kʼ g    
Fricative ɸ β θ ð s z [ç]6 [ʝ]7     ʕ h
Affricate     t͡s [c͡ç]8   k͡x    
Lateral approximant     l          
Approximant       [j]9 [w]10      
Trill     r          
Click (ʘ) (ʘ̃)   (ǃ) (ǃ̃)          
Implosive ɓ   ɗ [ʄ]11   ɠ    
  1. allophone of /n/
  2. allophone of /p/
  3. allophone of /t/
  4. allophone of /tʼ/
  5. allophone of /d/
  6. allophone of /s/
  7. allophone of /z/
  8. allophone of /t͡s/
  9. allophone of /i/
  10. allophone of /u/
  11. allophone of /ɗ/
VowelsFrontNear-
front
Back
Close i [y]1   u
Near-close   [ɪ]2 [ʏ]3  
Close-mid     [o]4
Open a    
  1. allophone of /i/
  2. allophone of /i/
  3. allophone of /i/
  4. allophone of /u/
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Kavahiri. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 KavahiriOrthography
Aa/a/Ḃḃ/ɓ/Bb/b/Cc/t͡s/, [c͡ç]Dd/d/, [ɟ]Ḋḋ/ɗ/, [ʄ]Đđ/ð/Ff/ɸ/Gg/g/Ġġ/ɠ/Hh/h/Ii/i/
Kk/k/Ll/l/Mm/m/Ḿḿ/ʘ̃/1Nn/n/, [ɲ]Ńń/ǃ̃/2Ŋŋ/ŋ/Pp/p/, [pʼ]Qq/kʼ/Rr/r/Ss/s/, [ç]Tt/t/, [c]
Ṫṫ/tʼ/, [cʼ]Ŧŧ/θ/Uu/u/Vv/β/Ww[w]Ẃẃ/ʘ/3Xx/ʕ/Yy[j]Ýý/ǃ/4Zz/z/, [ʝ]
✔ Shown in correct order
  1. loan words only
  2. loan words only
  3. loan words only
  4. loan words only
Latest 8 related articles listed below.
Kavahiri Grammar
Overview of phonology, morphology, syntax
19-Aug-19 18:07
Typological information for Kavahiri

Primary word orderTopic-Comment
Verb agreementAll three (subject + objects)
Marked transitivity (verb)Transitive/Intransitive/Ditransitive
Marked voice (verb)Passive only

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