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Memuan [MMN]
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Memuan
Memua Csi'a
[məmuä t͡siʔä]*
Registered by erassion on 16 October 2015
Language type A priori
Species Human/humanoid
About Memuan Memuan is a language with ergative-absolutive alignment and a limited phonology.

  • Moderate influence is drawn from Maori, Hawaiian, Mandarin and
  • Primary word order is SVO, while VSO is used in some subordinate clauses.
  • The language is moderately pro-drop, requiring pronouns only in stative contexts and subordinate clauses.
  • Verbs are moderately agglutinative, taking various affixes for valency and tense (past/non-past)
  • No gender or marked number on nouns, although there possessive pronouns do inflect for plurality.
  • There are no true adjectives. Adjectives behave and decline like verbs.
  • Verbs follow hierarchical agreement in transitive clauses depending on the person of the agent and the patient.
  • There is a rich array of aspect and mood particles that conveys extra meaning in the verbs.
Sample of Memuan[view] Penca sa e woa uzu ikonua mzeo wohikana a yowaaki mikai. Hiyuzi ke'uzu yewizsayi n hea'o e n yahawi, hu sina woa waina ihuo po onye a meyanni neo.

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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Latest vocabulary
csiavrequire
-yiaffapplicative particle
poadpadverb marker
Sound samples in Memuan
Some sound samples of Memuan. Maximum of 6 shown. Click the links to see the full texts.
O oyisu apu nihaala, kema micim'i sina yealo hu n hiya a csilo.
Sorry I'm late, I'm afraid I got lost on the path of life.
Mzeo peen ziyanuuna sa n Mekeoyi iihuaye keo. N'izeaacokia huahai.
The last Metroid is in captivity. The galaxy is at peace.
Nsa eha n penca mki luokunuu hecu'em hiim n csilo sa apu.
This is the person who understands life better than I do.
Msa eha ozsai mki hiim zopianuu upi.
It is a good day to die.
M neawum hawuawin keo n'iceoli. M'iceolim hawuawin keo n neawu
The bird saw the fish. The fish saw the bird.
No hi heke mue, apu hi weoka mue samme
You say potato; I say vodka.
Language family relationships
[view] Pukai (Pukai)Closed syllables become nasal vowels. Lowering of [a] and [o]. Nasal consonant followed by glottal stop becomes pharyngealized consonant. Varying terminology and significant loans form Semasa Nieren.
Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialLabio-
dental
AlveolarPost-
Alveolar
PalatalVelarGlottal
Nasal m [m̩]1 [mʰ]2   n [n̩]3 [nʰ]4        
Plosive p         k ʔ5
Fricative   [v]6 s z [ʃ]7 [ç]8   h
Affricate     t͡s d͡z t͡ʃ      
Lateral approximant     (l)9        
Approximant   ʋ     j    
Flap     ɾ        
  1. allophone of /m/
  2. allophone of /m/
  3. allophone of /n/
  4. allophone of /n/
  5. intervocalic, word-final, or post-nasal
  6. before /i/, allophone of /ʋ/
  7. allophone of /t͡ʃ/
  8. allophone of /h/
  9. loan words only
VowelsFrontCentralBack
Close i   u
Close-mid e   [o]1
Mid   [ə]2  
Open-mid     ɔ
Open   ä  
Polyphthongs ue äi
  1. only in open syllables, allophone of /eɔ/
  2. preceding nasal consonant, allophone of /e/
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Memuan. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 MemuanOrthography
'/ʔ/1Aa/ä/Cc/t͡ʃ/CS cs/t͡s/Ee/e/Hh/h/, [ç]Ii/i/Kk/k/Ll/ɾ/, /l/2Mm/m/
Nn/n/Oo/ɔ/Pp/p/Ss/s/Uu/u/Ww/ʋ/, [v]3Yy/j/Zz/z/ZS zs/d͡z/
✖ Unknown alphabetical order
  1. intervocalic, word-final, or post-nasal
  2. loan words only, loan words only
  3. before /i/
Latest 8 related articles listed below.
Negation
Peek into the quirks of Memuan negation
23-Feb-16 02:19
Topic and Focus 21-Feb-16 22:53
Adjectives 18-Feb-16 00:43
Hierarchical agreement
Funky preverbal particles
17-Feb-16 01:40
Typological information for Memuan

Relative clause headGapped
Noun-relative clause orderRelative clause first
Morphological typologyAgglutinative
Morphosyntactic alignmentTripartite

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