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Nolwynn
Nolwynn
[nɵlwɪn]
Registered by fractalshadow on 14 December 2016
Language type Artistic Language (Artlang)
Place & SpeakersNolwynn is spoken by a population of around 5,000 in Zanobia.
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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I accidentally deleted Nolwynn's dictionary....so now I'm painstakingly attempting to rebuild it, but I'm having so much trouble! In the mean time, you can view the Google Sheet with the most up-to-date version: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AV0Qk-9TXR8WFI9GQMc9sZGJYs_zTmty9khmX72NavY/edit?usp=sharing



Sample of Nolwynn[view] Erol šelalxa oša tum iigirikoa

Books do not sleep.
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Latest vocabulary
beeyanloud noise
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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...
[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.
Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialLabio-
dental
DentalAlveolarPost-
Alveolar
PalatalLabio-
velar
VelarUvularPharyngealGlottalOther
Nasal m mʷ     n   ɲ   ŋ1        
Plosive p pʼ b bʼ     t tʼ       k2 kʼ g3     ʔ  
Fricative   f   s sʼ z ʃ ʒ ʒʼ         [ħ]4    
Affricate       t͡s t͡sʼ               [t͡ɬ]5
Lateral approximant       l                
Lateral fricative       ɬ6                
Approximant           j jʼ w          
Trill       r         [ʀ]7      
Flap                      
Click [ʘ]8   [ǀ]9 [ǃ]10                
  1. sometimes realized as /nk/
  2. allophone of /g/, but only at the ends of words
  3. at the end of a word, it may be realized as /k/ or whispered
  4. allophone of /jʼ/
  5. only appears in Tulwyn, allophone of /ɬ/
  6. sometimes realized as /t͡ɬ/
  7. only appears in Tulwyn, allophone of /r/
  8. Only appears in Tulwyn, allophone of /mʷ/
  9. Only appears in Tulwyn, allophone of /tʼ/
  10. Only appears in Tulwyn, allophone of /kʼ/
VowelsFrontNear-
front
CentralBack
Close     ʉ ʉ: ʉ́  
Near-close   ɪ ɪ: ɪ́    
Close-mid e e: é   ɵ ɵ: ɵ́  
Open-mid ɛ ɛ: ɛ́      
Open       ɑ ɑ: ɑ́
Polyphthongs eɛ:
Orthography
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
'/ʔ/Aa/ɑ/, /ɑ/AA aa/ɑ:/Á á/ɑ́/Óó/ɵ́/Bb/b/BX bx/bʼ/Ee/e/, /e/, /e/EE ee/e:/É é/é/
Ff/f/Gg/g/1Ii/ɪ/II ii/ɪ:/Í í/ɪ́/Kk/k/2KX kx/kʼ/Ll/l/LX lx/ɬ/3Mm/m/
MW mw/mʷ/Nn/n/Oo/ɵ/OO oo/ɵ:/Pp/p/, /p/PX px/pʼ/Rr/r/Ss/s/Šš/ʃ/SX sx/sʼ/
Tt/t/TS ts/t͡s/TSX tsx/t͡sʼ/TX tx/tʼ/TŠ tš/ʒ/TŠX tšx/ʒʼ/Uu/ʉ/, /ʉ/Ú ú/ʉ́/UU uu/ʉ:/Ww/w/
Yy/j/YX yx/jʼ/Zz/z/ZŠ zš/ⱱ/EEEY eeey/eɛ:/EEY eey/ɛ:/ÉY éy/ɛ́/EY ey/ɛ/Ó ó/ɵ́/
✖ Unknown alphabetical order
  1. at the end of a word, it may be realized as /k/ or whispered
  2. allophone of /g/, but only at the ends of words
  3. sometimes realized as /t͡ɬ/
Latest 8 related articles listed below.
Relative Clauses
Gramuary 2019
14-Aug-19 16:02
Intransitive Verbs
unaccusative and unergative forms
08-Aug-19 19:21
updates
changelog and things to work on
05-Aug-19 19:25
Discourse particles
filler words
05-Aug-19 18:54
Quoting and Indirect Speech
Gramuary 2019
05-Aug-19 18:13
Politeness
Gramuary 2019
05-Aug-19 16:33
Collocations
really long nouns
05-Aug-19 16:29
Typological information for Nolwynn

Base counting systemQuinary (5)
Morphological typologyAgglutinative
Morphosyntactic alignmentFluid-S
Valence decreasing voicesPassive and Antipassive

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