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Proto-Island Semitic [PIS]
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Proto-Island Semitic
Lïsān mïm Mïlāti Gïnnï alidï
[lɨsä:n mɨm mɨlä:ti gɨnnɨ ɐlidɨ]*
Registered by Isfendil on 28 November 2016
Language type A posteriori
Species Human/humanoid
About Proto-Island Semitic In another world, on an island south of the planet's sole continent, Semites are attested. They would end up colonizing many regions- other islands, as well as on the mainland- but a contingent always remained on the island. This language, descended from Proto Semitic, is defined by its last two children - namely, the language of its last migrants, and that of the people who never, under any circumstances, resolved to leave the island.

This language, while mostly hypothetical, is actually physically attested in writing from that world, in the letters exchanged between a mute woman and her foreign suitor. They are in Daorian script but the language is almost certainly PIS. They are the only known writings in this language as at this time the semites were preliterate water nomads. The story of the daorian who found their way to the other end of the bloody world is mostly revealed to us in these letters, but unfortunately stop after they finally learn how to communicate in the sign language her tribe developed for her.
Sample of Proto-Island Semitic[view] Ïn amïrta vakærïl bï lïšānï vær yæpkæršu, šāva hællaka rāšïlšu. Ïn amïrta vakærïl bï sunānïšu, šāva hællaka læbbïlšu.

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.
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Latest vocabulary
færdetrelative clause particle
næwšnperson
'ænfanwoman
Language family relationships
Language treeSemitic
 ⤷ Proto-Semitic
  ⤷  Proto-Island Semitic
[view] About SemiticThe Semitic languages are a language family originating in the Near East whose living representatives are spoken by more than 470 million people across much of Western Asia, North Africa and the Horn of Africa, as well as in large expatriate communit...
Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialLabio-
dental
AlveolarPost-
Alveolar
PalatalLabio-
velar
VelarPharyngealGlottalOther
Nasal m   n              
Plosive p b   t tʼ d       k kʼ g   ʔ  
Fricative   f v s ʃ ʒ     ɣ̠ ħ ʕ h  
Affricate     t͡s d͡z             d͡ɮ
Lateral approximant     l              
Lateral fricative     ɬ              
Approximant         j w        
Trill     [r]1              
Flap     ɾ              
  1. allophone of /ɾ/
VowelsFrontCentralNear-
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Close i ɨ   u
Near-close     [ʊ]1  
Close-mid       o:
Open-mid ɛ      
Near-open   ɐ    
Open   ä:    
Polyphthongs ɛw ɛj
  1. allophone of /u/
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Proto-Island Semitic. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 Proto-Island SemiticOrthography
'/ʔ/Aa/ɐ/Ææ/ɛ/ÆW æw/ɛw/ÆY æy/ɛj/Ïï/ɨ/Ṣṣ/t͡s/Ṭṭ/tʼ/Bb/b/Cc/ɣ̠/
Dd/d/Ee/ʕ/Ff/f/Gg/g/Hh/h/Ii/i/Jj/d͡ɮ/Kk/k/Ll/l/Mm/m/
Nn/n/Oo/o:/Pp/p/Qq/kʼ/Rr/ɾ/RR rr[r]Ss/s/Tt/t/Uu/u/Vv/v/
Ww/w/Xx/x̠/Yy/j/Zz/d͡z/Śś/ɬ/Šš/ʃ/Žž/ʒ/Āā/ä:/Ħħ/ħ/
✖ Unknown alphabetical order
    Typological information for Proto-Island Semitic

    Phonemic vowel lengthShort/Long
    Copula droppingPresent tense only
    ReciprocalsVoice
    Primary word orderVSO
    GendersMasculine/Feminine

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