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Maari
nemaari
[nɛmaːri]
Registered by zzzwr on 27 May 2018
Language type A priori
Species Human/humanoid
About Maari Spoken by the Marians living around the original island where the species emerged, this language is considered, perhaps arrogantly, to have diverged the least from Proto-Marian. This is probably not true.

This language is not actually written as presented (which is full of ugly diacritics), but is transcribed as seen here for ease. Human researchers have not had the opportunity to see the script used by the Maari [Note: the conscript is in the works].

Setting note: The planet is an Earth-like planet settled initially by space-faring humans thousands of years into the future who then managed to screw up and enter a technological dark-age for thousands of years, developing various societies from the dregs as they travelled and explored a planet (presumed by most to be their point of origin) now mostly overrun with invasive species from Earth. Certain incidents and unfortunate encounters with higher sapient lifeforms (probably some type of alien) led to weird split-off species like the Marians.

The phonology is a guess about what sort of sounds could theoretically be distinguished and articulated when water is the medium of transmission as opposed to air.
Sample of Maari[view] Owi, aavi owi moňeer, dŏ zińŏŏv iij livŏŏ ru zi ńaaiivađ. Aavi moňeer, dŏ wi'i liőɋ ru zi ńaaiivađ.

No, I don't think that tomorrow will be good, I think it will be awful.
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Latest vocabulary
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Language family relationships
Language treeProto-Marian
 ⤷ Marian
  ⤷ Central Marian
   ⤷  Maari
[view] About Proto-MarianSpoken by an aquatic species descended from humans known as the Marians. The family has since split into three branches, consisting of a total of five languages.
Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialLabio-
dental
DentalAlveolarPost-
Alveolar
RetroflexPalatalLabio-
velar
VelarUvularGlottal
Nasal m     n         ŋ ŋʷ    
Plosive b bʰ   d̪ d̪ʰ     ɖ ɖʰ     g gʰ ɢ ɢʰ ʔ
Fricative   v ð z ʒ ʐ     ɣ ʁ ɦ
Affricate   b̪v d̪ð d͡z d͡ʒ ɖʐ     g͡ɣ ɢʁ  
Lateral approximant       l         ʟ    
Approximant             j w      
Trill       r              
VowelsFrontNear-
front
CentralBack
Close i i:     u u:
Near-close   ɪ ɪ:    
Close-mid       o o:
Mid     [ə]1  
Open-mid ɛ ɛ: œ œ:     ɔ ɔ:
Open       ɑ ɑ:
  1. allophone of /ɑ/
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Maari. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 MaariOrthography
Aa
a
/ɑ/
Bb
be
/b/
Ḃḃ
ḃe
/bʰ/
Dd
de
/d̪/
Ḋḋ
ḋe
/d̪ʰ/
Đđ
đe
/ð/
Ďď
ďeh
/ɖ/
Ƌƌ
ƌeh
/ɖʰ/
Ee
e
/ɛ/
Gg
ge
/g/
Ġġ
ġe
/gʰ/
Ğğ
ğe
/ɣ/
Hh
he
/ɦ/
Ii
i
/i/
Íí
í
/ɪ/
Jj
je
/j/
Ll
le
/l/
Łł
łeh
/ʟ/
Mm
me
/m/
Nn
ne
/n/
Ńń
ńe
/ŋʷ/
Ňň
ňe
/ŋ/
Oo
o
/o/
Ŏŏ
ŏ
/ɔ/
Őő
ő
/œ/
Qq
qe
/ɢ/
Ɋɋ
ɋe
/ɢʰ/
Rr
re
/r/
Řř
řeh
/ʁ/
Uu
u
/u/
Vv
ve
/v/
Ww
we
/w/
Zz
ze
/z/
Żż
że
/ʐ/
Žž
že
/ʒ/
'
lo'e
/ʔ/
✔ Shown in correct order
    Typological information for Maari

    Adposition head-directionalityHead final
    Copula droppingNone
    Base counting systemDecimal (10)
    Definite articleWord for 'this/that' used
    Demonstrative proximityDistal/Medial/Proximal

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