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Proto North Sakaphian [PRNSK]
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Typology Progressing 1,152 words Proto North Sakaphian
Snetman
[snetmɑn]
Registered by CantaloupeCat on 22 March 2017
Language type Proto-Conlang
Species Human/humanoid
About Proto North Sakaphian A(n unwieldy) proto language mostly for deriving other languages from, Proto North Sakaphian is the base for the dominant language family in the north of the continent Sakaphe, on the conworld of Naranda.

While the North Sakaphian languages eventually spread to cover a significant part of Sakaphe, Proto North Sakaphian was spoken on the Šanikan Peninsula, a relatively small area with a Mediterranean to semi-arid to thoroughly arid climate (heading southeastwards across the peninsula) and predominantly scrubby vegetation. The speakers of Proto North Sakaphian were semi-nomadic, stone tool-using, matriarchal hunter-gatherers who believed in semi-corporeal, transient deities.

Fair warning if you look further: this is the first language where I tried to make a naturalistic language and implement features I'd read about—accordingly it's probably my worst. Nearly unpronounceable consonant clusters, basic sentences can be absurdly long since all the affixes are long, what was initially supposed to be ergative alignment (it's actually a really weird split alignment... nouns are ergative, verbs accusative)... but by the time I'd realized it, some of its descendants were developed enough (and done better) that I've kept it kind of under development/use.
That said, there are things I like about it, like the number system, which has the plural as the unmarked/default form (possibly a collective-singulative system?), which is pretty useful for people who do most things communally and address gods in the plural.
Sample of Proto North Sakaphian[view] Käntbof nladltäsaṯ, ṯep käntbof tläskändbek nbäšlästas.

There is nothing in the desert, and no man needs nothing.
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Language family relationships
Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialLabio-
dental
DentalAlveolarPost-
Alveolar
Velar
Nasal m     n    
Plosive p [b]1     t [tʼ]2 d   k [g]3
Fricative   f [v]4 θ [ð]5 s [z]6 ʃ [ʒ]7  
Lateral approximant       l    
Trill ʙ     r    
  1. allophone of /p/
  2. allophone of /t/
  3. allophone of /k/
  4. allophone of /f/
  5. allophone of /θ/
  6. allophone of /s/
  7. allophone of /ʃ/
VowelsFrontBack
Close i u
Close-mid e  
Open-mid   ɔ
Near-open æ  
Open   ɑ
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Proto North Sakaphian. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 Proto North SakaphianOrthography
Ää/æ/Aa/ɑ/Bb/ʙ/Dd/d/Ee/e/Ff/f/Ii/i/Kk/k/Ll/l/Mm/m/
Nn/n/Oo/ɔ/Pp/p/Rr/r/Ss/s/Šš/ʃ/Tt/t/Ṯṯ/θ/Uu/u/
✖ Unknown alphabetical order
    Typological information for Proto North Sakaphian

    GendersAnimate/Inanimate
    Noun numbersSingular/Dual/Plural
    Morphological typologyAgglutinative
    Morphosyntactic alignmentSplit Ergative
    Number of nominal casesSix cases

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