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Oceanic
Agábaku
[ɐga:bɐkʊ]
Registered by Mr Kjedelig on 16 January 2019
Language type A priori
Species Human/humanoid
About Oceanic
ispá dávi nahanílak - hello and welcome


Oceanic - the bridge between the first language and Modern Common
I think of  Oceanic as Ancient Greek or Latin of my conworld... As it is just the everyday speech of this ancient civilization, but when it fades out from use and is replaced by its daughter languages, it will become the language of scholars and the language of religious matters. Something close to what Latin came to be.

Its phonology is vastly different from  Watsound. It features a lot more fricatives, both voiced and voiceless stops and even some affricates. The rhotic is removed since people were not bothered pronouncing it English can relate and just instead of skipping it, they just fully replaced it with 'l'.

Since it is descended from a lang with a very minimalistic (*minimalistic* here standing for lazy to implement anything) grammar, its grammar is not very detailed and excrutiating (kind of like Chinese i guess).
From particularly interesting non-standard features:
  • Paucal number (though I don't know how common it is)
  • 3 cases (Nom,Gen,Dat), but a neutral alignment - the speaker/writer relies fully on VSO word order
  • Generic and Habitual are independent grammatical forms


  • When I'm trying to speak it, I notice the abundance of 's','l' and 'ɣ' sounds. Also, it doesn't (well at least for my ears) sound like any existing lang.
    Sample of Oceanic[view] ozama agábaku, nitémoma agábaku

    We will live, we will die
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    Latest vocabulary
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    Language family relationships
    Language treeLoemerak
     ⤷  Watsound
      ⤷ Oharoder
       ⤷  Oceanic
    [view] About LoemerakThe languages spoken in the world of Lamohder.
    Phonology
    ConsonantsBilabialLabio-
    dental
    AlveolarPost-
    Alveolar
    Velar
    Nasal m   n   [ŋ]1
    Plosive p b   t d   k g
    Fricative   f v s z ʃ x ɣ
    Affricate     t͡s   k͡x
    Lateral approximant     l    
    1. before velar plosives only, allophone of /n/
    VowelsFrontNear-
    front
    CentralNear-
    back
    Back
    Close i:       u:
    Near-close   [ɪ]1   [ʊ]2  
    Close-mid     ɵ    
    Mid     ə3    
    Open-mid ɛ:       ɔ:
    Near-open     [ɐ]4    
    Open a:        
    1. unstressed, allophone of /i:/
    2. unstressed, allophone of /u:/
    3. unstressed e and o
    4. unstressed, allophone of /a:/
    Orthography
    Below is the orthography for Oceanic. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
     OceanicOrthography
    b/b/d/d/f/f/g/g/gh/ɣ/h/x/k/k/kh/k͡x/l/l/m/m/n/n/, [ŋ]1p/p/
    s/s/sh/ʃ/t/t/ts/t͡s/v/v/z/z/á/a:/é/ɛ:/í/i:/ó/ɔ:/ø/ɵ/ú/u:/
    ✔ Shown in correct order
    1. before velar plosives only
    Typological information for Oceanic

    Fixed stress locationPenultimate
    Morphological typologyFusional
    Primary word orderVSO
    Syllable structureModerate (CVC max)
    Past tense remoteness2-3 degrees of remoteness

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