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Solish
Saulikkuvut
[sɐu̯lik:uvut̪]*
Registered by [Deactivated User] on 20 May 2020
Language type A priori
Place & SpeakersSolish is spoken by a population of around 980,000 in Solico.
Species Human/humanoid
About Solish
Nanu, ia Utsiitak! Haja KaanWaakShaptinurau Saulikkuvutut!

[n̪an̪u ia ut̪si:t̪ak heja ka:n̪uwa:kʃapt̪in̪uɾɐu̯ sɐu̯lik:uvut̪ut̪]

hello be-1SFirst person singular (person)
speaker, signer, etc.; I
Utsiitak | welcome ConWorkShop-page-ALLAllative (case)
'to, onto'
Solico.language-GENGenitive (case)
possessive

Hi, I'm Utsiitak! Welcome to the ConWorkShop page of Solish!




MAIN FEATURES
  • SVO word order
  • Consonant voicedness assimilation
  • Three distinct vowels with phonemic length
  • Consonants with phonemic length
  • Rich polysynthetic suffixing system
  • All words are gender neutral by default
  • Neutral alignment but highly dependent on word order
  • Polypersonal verb agreement
  • Pronouns don't exist... sort of
  • No special case for adverbs, they are simply adjectives placed after verbs




Solish is the national language of the fictitious country of Solico, spoken by over 90% of its population. It is considered a language isolate, but does have some loan words and some light influence from other world languages, most notably English and Norwegian, due to being geographically close to Norway.

It should be noted that the state of this language is volatile; that is, things are very likely to change drastically and at a rapid pace. Vocabulary, cases, and the like may change quite often. This is an ongoing project and one that I'm passionate about, though that will require some trial and error and seeing what works for me. Expect frequent changes.
Sample of Solish[view] Mairsaua wis'ha hikit ibz zali.

I filled my glass with fresh, cold water.
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Language family relationships
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Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialLabio-
dental
DentalAlveolarPost-
Alveolar
PalatalLabio-
velar
VelarGlottal
Nasal m m:   n̪ n̪:            
Plosive p p: b b:   t̪ t̪: d̪ d̪:         k k: g g:  
Fricative   f f: v v:   s s: z z: ʃ ʃ:       h
Affricate         t͡ʃ t͡ʃ:        
Lateral approximant       l l:          
Approximant           j w    
Flap       ɾ          
VowelsFrontBack
Close i i: u u:
Open a a:  
Syllable StructureSyllables always follow a (C)V(C)(X) structure.
A word can begin with a consonant, followed by a mandatory vowel, and finally a single consonant and/or cluster (marked X). Long consonants are analyzed as two separate syllables (ex. anna = an + na).

For a list of allowed clusters, see the Other section below.

Gemination rules:
- A word cannot begin with a geminated consonant.
- Two or more geminated consonants cannot be beside each other.
- If grammar creates a geminated three-character-long consonant (ex. alll, uttt), place a vowel that matches that of the previous vowel after the second consonant (ex. allal, uttut).
- /h/, /j/, /ɾ/, and /w/ cannot be geminated.

Other rules:
- /ji/ and /wu/ (as well as their long vowel counterparts) are illegal syllables.
- <rl> and <lr> are illegal consonant clusters. Respectively, they should be turned into <r> and <ll>.
Stress informationStress usually falls on the first syllable, but it isn't too important where you place it. Oftentimes, other syllables are stressed for a poetic, lyrical, or dramatic/emphatic effect.
OtherConsonants assimilate voicedness with the consonant before it if it is next to one. (ex. /tz/ is illegal and becomes /ts/). If grammar creates an illegal pairing, it is necessary to change the spelling and pronunciation to correct it (ex. aig [rod] + -kit [intrumental suffix] becomes aiggit [using a rod]). However, <m>, <n>, <r>, and <ch> do not need to assimilate. Likewise, consonants don't need to assimilate at the ends and beginnings of words (ex. /ad pu/ can remain as such, but /adpu/ must be /adbu/).

Since <sh> orthographically represents /ʃ/, if grammar places an <h> after an <s> (ex. "wis" [glass] + "-ha" [my, or the first person patient suffix]), place an apostrophe between the two letters ("wis'ha").

The legal consonant clusters are as follows:
- m + p, b
- n + t, d, k, g, s, sh
- p + any unvoiced fricative
- b + any voiced fricative
- t + sh (turns into ch), s, f
- d + sh (turns into ch), v, z
- k + any unvoiced fricative
- g + any voiced fricative
- f + s, sh, p, t, k
- v + z, b, d, g
- s + any unvoiced plosive
- z + any voiced plosive
- sh + any unvoiced plosive
- l + any fricative, plosive, or nasal
- r + any fricative, plosive, or nasal

h, j, and w CANNOT be used anywhere in clusters! They must be proceeded by a vowel and have a vowel after it.
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Solish. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 SolishOrthography [edit]
Aa
a
/a/
AA aa
a kuu
/a:/
Bb
ba
/b/
BB bb
abba
/b:/
Dd
dap
/d̪/
DD dd
addap
/d̪:/
Ff
fai
/f/
FF ff
iffai
/f:/
Gg
gau
/g/
GG gg
uggau
/g:/
Hh
hau
/h/
Ii
i
/i/
II ii
i kuu
/i:/
Jj
jau
/j/
Kk
ku
/k/
KK kk
ukku
/k:/
Ll
la
/l/
LL ll
alla
/l:/
Mm
mas
/m/
MM mm
ammas
/m:/
Nn
num
/n̪/
NN nn
unnum
/n̪:/
Pp
pat
/p/
PP pp
appat
/p:/
Rr
ra
/ɾ/
Ss
sin
/s/
SS ss
issin
/s:/
Tt
tip
/t̪/
TT tt
ittip
/t̪:/
Uu
u
/u/
UU uu
u kuu
/u:/
Vv
vi
/v/
VV vv
ivvi
/v:/
Ww
wai
/w/
Zz
zaid
/z/
ZZ zz
izzaid
/z:/
CCH cch
accha
/t͡ʃ:/
CH ch
cha
/t͡ʃ/
SH sh
shuk
/ʃ/
SSH ssh
usshuk
/ʃ:/
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    Typological information for Solish

    GendersNone
    Morphological typologyAgglutinative
    Morphosyntactic alignmentNeutral
    Phonemic vowel lengthShort/Long
    Primary word orderSVO

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