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Neo-Sumerian [NSUM]
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Language type Artistic Language (Artlang)
Species Human/humanoid
About Neo-Sumerian
Silim ḫemenzen!
[siˈlim xemenˈd͡zen]

Not to be confused with the real Neo-Sumerian, this project is a historically based interpretation/reconstruction of the ancient Sumerian language in a modern context. Grammatical and phonological interpretations closely follow "A descriptive grammar of Sumerian" (B., 2010) and lexical items are pulled from both that and the website

 Neo-Sumerian is only one artistic interpretation of the Sumerian language, and should not be treated as remotely correct nor accurate.
Sample of Neo-Sumerian[view] Nana namlūlu u nig̃šummaše duḫeš u mineš itūdeš. Umuš u ummada ibdašummudeš, namšeš arāše nag̃gababbēnē.

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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Language family relationships
[edit] [view] Emesal (Thin-Tongue)"Emesal" meaning "thin-tongue" is a sociolect chiefly used by female speakers and in contexts such as lullabies and children's stories. Also can be used by adult speakers in other contexts in order to create a comedic effect.
Nasal m m: n n:       ŋ ŋ:
Plosive [p̚]1 pʰ pʰ: b b: [t̚]2 tʰ tʰ: d d:       [k̚]3 kʰ kʰ: g g:
Fricative   s s: [z]4 ʃ ʃ:     x x:
Affricate   [t͡s]5 d͡z d͡z:        
Lateral approximant   l l:        
Approximant       j w  
Trill   r:        
Flap   ɾ        
  1. word finally, allophone of /b/
  2. word finally, allophone of /d/
  3. word finally, allophone of /g/
  4. allophone of /d͡z/
  5. word finally, allophone of /d͡z/
Close i i:   u u:
Close-mid e e:    
Near-open   [ɐ]1  
Open     ɑ ɑ:
  1. in unstressed positions, allophone of /ɑ/
Below is the orthography for Neo-Sumerian. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 Neo-SumerianOrthography [edit]
a/ɑ/, [ɐ]1ā/ɑ:/b/b/, [p̚]2d/d/, [t̚]3ē/e:/e/e/g/g/, [k̚]4/ŋ//x/
s/s/š/ʃ/t/tʰ/u/u/ū/u:/w/w/z/d͡z/, [z], [t͡s]5
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  1. in unstressed positions
  2. word finally
  3. word finally
  4. word finally
  5. word finally
Typological information for Neo-Sumerian

Animacy distinctionsHuman/Nonhuman
Fixed stress locationUltimate (last)
Morphological typologyAgglutinative
Morphosyntactic alignmentErgative/Absolutive
Phonemic vowel lengthShort/Long

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