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Sangesian [SAG]
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LotM Winner Typology Progressing 1,563 words
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sanke rulo
[sæŋke ɾuɫo]*
Registered by soup on 10 March 2018
Language type A priori
Species Human/humanoid
About Sangesian Sangesian is the language with the most speakers in my earth-like conworld Astanu, serving as the lingua franca for much of the "Eastern World". It has also become my most developed conlang and has the largest vocabulary of my conlangs.

Here’s a link to the WIP grammar on Google Docs. Always assume in case of contradiction with CWS articles that the Google Doc is the most up-to-date cause I hate writing CWS articles.

Some features:
• small inventory and moderate syllable structure (C)V(C)
• mix between a syllabary and an abugida
• split-S
• secundative
• mostly analytic
• no genders, very limited animacy distinction
• weird pronouns (including a first person pronoun for talking to oneself)
• no adjectives (prepositional phrases for life)
• prepositional phrases act syntactically identically to nouns
• interrogative and relative pro-verbs
• pied-piping with inversion

It's not the size of the inventory that matters, it's what you do with it.
Sample of Sangesian[view] U ne mii ríkku pu wuko ki siye.

My dog sells hats.
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Sound samples in Sangesian
Some sound samples of Sangesian. Maximum of 6 shown. Click the links to see the full texts.
Kiwo e lu wuymu?
Who am I fighting?
O mii yoyó le me nee yetsé temó e ti utnuko.
We will keep the bears in the bathroom.
Ku mii rako nu ko nee ku mii naa.
My brain is in my arm.
Lo suuye o wa
I am speaking to you
Ru oo raa nu si raa nu si ru oo yu
The sad truth is the truth is sad.
Mawo see tu si po.
Mothers are gold.
Language family relationships
Language treeQaskan
 ⤷  Proto-Qaskan
  ⤷ Pori
   ⤷  Sangesian
[view] About QaskanA small but widespread language family spoken by various Astanu groups.

All languages in this family have a relatively small phonemic inventory and split-S alignment.
Nasal m   n            
Plosive p   t       k [ʔ]1  
Fricative [β]2 [f]3 s [ʃ]4 [ʝ]5        
Affricate       [t͡ʃ]6          
Lateral approximant     l           [ɫ]7
Approximant         j w      
Trill     r            
Flap     [ɾ]8            
  1. non-geminate intervocalic (within words), allophone of /k/
  2. geminate, allophone of /w/
  3. before /u/, allophone of /s/
  4. before /i/, allophone of /s/
  5. geminate, allophone of /j/
  6. before high vowels, allophone of /t/
  7. in the same syllable as a back vowel, allophone of /l/
  8. non-geminate in the onset, allophone of /r/
Close i i: [ɨ]1 [ɨ:]2 [ʉ]3 [ʉ:]4 u u:
Close-mid e e:   o o:
Near-open [æ]5 [æ:]6    
Open     ɑ ɑ:
  1. in the same syllable as /j/, allophone of /i/
  2. in the same syllable as /j/, allophone of /i:/
  3. in the same syllable as /w/, allophone of /u/
  4. in the same syllable as /w/, allophone of /u:/
  5. after alveolars, allophone of /ɑ/
  6. after alveolars, allophone of /ɑ:/
Below is the orthography for Sangesian. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
Mm/m/Nn/n/Pp/p/Tt/t/, [t͡ʃ]1Kk/k/, [ʔ]2Ww/w/, [β]3Yy/j/, [ʝ]4Ss/s/, [f]5, [ʃ]6Rr/r/, [ɾ]7Ll/l/, [ɫ]8Aa/ɑ/, [æ]9
Ii/i/, [ɨ]10Uu/u/, [ʉ]11Ee/e/Oo/o/Áá/ɑ/Éé/e/Íí/i/Óó/o/Úú/u/II ii[ɨ:]12UU uu[ʉ:]13
✖ Unknown alphabetical order
  1. before high vowels
  2. non-geminate intervocalic (within words)
  3. geminate
  4. geminate
  5. before /u/
  6. before /i/
  7. non-geminate in the onset
  8. in the same syllable as a back vowel
  9. after alveolars
  10. in the same syllable as /j/
  11. in the same syllable as /w/
  12. in the same syllable as /j/
  13. in the same syllable as /w/
Latest 8 related articles listed below.
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Typological information for Sangesian

Animacy distinctionsThree distinctions
Base counting systemDuodecimal (12)
Demonstrative proximityDistal/Medial/Proximal
Morphosyntactic alignmentSplit-S
Polar question markingInterrogative verb marking

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