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Nolwynn [NLN]
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Language type Artistic Language (Artlang)
Place & SpeakersNolwynn is spoken by a population of around 9,000 .
Species Human/humanoid
About Nolwynn I re-did Nolwynn's stress patterns and prosody, so now the sound samples are not 100% correct.

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Sample of Nolwynn[view] Tšazo wala ganazawe?

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Sound samples in Nolwynn
Some sound samples of Nolwynn. Maximum of 6 shown. Click the links to see the full texts.
Erate zwola, erate zalta.
Monkey see, monkey do.
Lorea tswesakal kula oša uapo.
Food is an important part of a balanced diet.
Luka lutšobee, tšolalxakwola zo makala lozúnerolee kweyúalanyii. Txazunó’a zo txoolasanee gibxiik. T...
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and con...
Núla! Tšopuzuro: uapo korenesaka umoma bazšiila !
Aha! Here's the problem: too many toasters!
Language family relationships
Language treeAbyssal
 ⤷  Proto-Abyssal
  ⤷  Ancient Altalian
   ⤷  Dark Altalian
    ⤷  Nolwynn
[view] About AbyssalThese are languages derived from those spoken by the Oceanites, a non-human sentient species that lives in the deepest parts of the oceans. The Oceanites had many dialects. They were mostly intelligible with each other, but clans from different ocean...
[edit] [view] Tulwyn (Tulwyn)Tulwyn is the name of a small tribe of Nolwynn people who were forced to assimilate onto land. Their language absorbed some features of their captors' [such as separate terms for male and female family members] and lost some of Nolwynn's unique features [such as the Avoidance Language] but the two remain mutually intelligible. Tulwyn also has a simpler vowel inventory, clicks, and a few other pronunciation quirks.
Nasal m mʷ     n   ɲ   ŋ1        
Plosive p pʼ2 b     t tʼ       k3 kʼ g4     ʔ  
Fricative   f   s sʼ z ʃ ʒ         [ħ]5    
Affricate       t͡s t͡sʼ               [t͡ɬ]6
Lateral approximant       l                
Lateral fricative       ɬ7                
Approximant           j jˀ w          
Trill       r         [ʀ]8      
Click [ʘ]9   [ǀ]10 [ǃ]11                
  1. sometimes realized as /nk/
  2. In some environments, this digraph represents /px/, in others /b/
  3. allophone of /g/, but only at the ends of words
  4. at the end of a word, it may be realized as /k/ or whispered
  5. allophone of /jˀ/
  6. only appears in Tulwyn, allophone of /ɬ/
  7. sometimes realized as /t͡ɬ/
  8. only appears in Tulwyn, allophone of /r/
  9. Only appears in Tulwyn, allophone of /mʷ/
  10. Only appears in Tulwyn, allophone of /tʼ/
  11. Only appears in Tulwyn, allophone of /kʼ/
Close i i: í   ʉ ʉ: ʉ́
Near-close   ɪ ɪ: ɪ́  
Close-mid     ɵ ɵ: ɵ́
Open-mid ɛ ɛ: ɛ́    
Near-open     ɐ ɐ: ɐ́
Polyphthongs eɛ:
Syllable StructureConsonant clusters are rare. Syllables usually end in a vowel.
Stress informationTypically, every third syllable is stressed. Stress impacts how some consonants are pronounced.
OtherThis article goes into greater detail:
Below is the orthography for Nolwynn. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 NolwynnOrthography [edit]
'/ʔ/Aa/ɐ/AA aa/ɐ:/Á á/ɐ́/Bb/b/BX bx/pʼ/1, /b/Ee/i/EE ee/i:/EEEY eeey/eɛ:/EEY eey/ɛ:/
EY ey/ɛ/É é/í/ÉY éy/ɛ́/Ff/f/Gg/g/2Ii/ɪ/II ii/ɪ:/Í í/ɪ́/Kk/k/3KX kx/kʼ/
Ll/l/LX lx/ɬ/4Mm/m/MW mw/mʷ/Nn/n/Oo/ɵ/OO oo/ɵ:/Ó ó/ɵ́/Pp/p/PX px/pʼ/
Rr/r/Ss/s/SX sx/sʼ/Tt/t/TS ts/t͡s/TSX tsx/t͡sʼ/TX tx/tʼ/TŠ tš/ʒ/Uu/ʉ/, /ʉ/UU uu/ʉ:/
Ú ú/ʉ́/Ww/w/Yy/j/YX yx/jˀ/Zz/z/ZŠ zš/ⱱ/Óó/ɵ́/Šš/ʃ/
✔ Shown in correct order [change]
  1. In some environments, this digraph represents /px/, in others /b/
  2. at the end of a word, it may be realized as /k/ or whispered
  3. allophone of /g/, but only at the ends of words
  4. sometimes realized as /t͡ɬ/
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Typological information for Nolwynn

Adposition head-directionalityHead final
Base counting systemQuinary (5)
Morphological typologyAgglutinative
Morphosyntactic alignmentFluid-S

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