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Shadowese [SDE]
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Typology Functional 1,621 words
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Registered by Shareenear on 7 January 2018
Language type A posteriori
Place & SpeakersShadowese is spoken in Ynsitia, Zunia, Amthi, Čeaoeiaea, Cyclopia, Trollia, Kejukajnia, Ŕepčilźemě.
Species Human/humanoid
About Shadowese Every race in my conworld speaks its own language, but Shadowese, also known as the language of the shadows, is a special one. There's too long story about the shadows and their origins. I'm going to tell just a one thing: long ago they was a race, but all of them disappeared and now their souls are migrating into bodies of members of other races. However, they haven't forgotten their language, and some of them even remember their past lives!

Shadowese has the weirdest alphabet and very hard grammar and phonetics. Also, the grammar and vocabulary are close to Amphibian. But, unlike the beautiful Amphibian, according to opinion of most inhabitants of that world, it sounds and even looks creepy and people from Earth can describe it as a spell of a Polish exorcist. Why Polish? Becuase there's as much "hissing" as in Polish.

And still, the shadows was the creators of magic and alchemistry so it's important to know Shadowese if you're a sorcerer or an alchemist. Also, not only shadows but angels, demons and also some gargoyles and rakshasas speak this language, so the number of speakers are like two times larger than the shadows.
Sample of Shadowese[view] Xýs đika kuđigyŋ, шçжaffлys ða ħyŋ. Щaráduл þű þentań ħyŋ "чes жäщ", þak? Wak þжüш, чomü kerç þidak ytu pø þé?

If you hurt someone, you get punished for it. That's the "fair rule" that you're talking about, right? Why do you think you're the only one that rule doesn't apply to?
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Sound samples in Shadowese
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Щixiщ þidak mилoserđa wið my!
You'll see no mercy from me!
Шçað đarлið my. Munçиt ðaŋ foшvinnt xida шeлaщü. Þak wań þилiatə?
Spare me the lecture. Lives come and go all the time. What's the big deal?
Üjщyщ my þidak щykə küđ đaлáŋ habaha!
I cannot be summoned like some mongrel pup!
Щaráduħt щənjycom boгon
He is speaking the language of gods
Чи moгu ðiþoruщ þá w hüðə perəð üçidiш my?
Can I interest you in some magic before you kill me?
Wdu inkə ðo aðиnçimшi küburaŋeta, шuvju ə́ç aлⲉne.
Still I go to the deepest grave, where I go to sleep alone.
Nasal m     n     ȵ     ŋ    
Plosive p pʰ b bʰ     t tʰ d dʰ           k kʰ g gʰ    
Fricative   f v θ ð s z ʃ ʒ   ɕ     x ɣ χ ħ
Affricate       t͡s t͡ʃ d͡ʒ ʈʂ            
Lateral approximant       l     ȴ          
Approximant               j w      
Trill       r                
Blends ji
Close i i: y y:   ɯ u u:
Near-close   ʊ̈ ʊ̈:  
Close-mid e e: ø ø:   o o:
Mid   ə ə:  
Open a a: ä ä:  
Polyphthongs ie iu io ia
Below is the orthography for Shadowese. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
Щщ/ɕ/Ии/ɯ/Юю/iu/Яя/ia/A̋ a̋/ä:/Áá/a:/Éé/e:/Íí/i:/Óó/o:/Úú/u:/Ýý/y:/
BX bx/bʰ/Ǿǿ/ø:/DX dx/dʰ/Ə́ ə́/ə:/GX gx/gʰ/KX kx/kʰ/PX px/pʰ/TX tx/tʰ/Űű/ʊ̈:/
✖ Unknown alphabetical order
    Typological information for Shadowese

    Fixed stress locationNone
    Noun numbersSingular/Plural
    Morphological typologySynthetic
    Number of nominal casesSeven cases

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