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Shissian [SNAKE]
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Typology Progressing 611 words
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Registered by Jared on 1 December 2019
Language type Artistic Language (Artlang)
Place & SpeakersShissian is spoken in Uṃaru.
Species Human/humanoid
About Shissian
  • Generally VSO or SOV, agglutinating, and mostly ergative alignment.
  • Native script is an abugida called nyīri.
  • Nouns are divided into animate/inanimate classes based (somewhat) on volition.
  • Compound incorporation can be used to add specificity to an action.
  • Pronouns are mandatory (except 1st person singular in casual speech).
  • Instead of tense, Shissian distinguishes between perfective and imperfective.
Sample of Shissian[view] Tihanīru ya kūsi.

Let the water get cold.
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Latest vocabulary
Nasal m m: n n:   ɲ        
Plosive   t tʰ   c cʰ   k kʰ ʔ  
Fricative   s s: ʃ ʃ:     x x:    
Affricate   t͡s t͡sʰ (t͡ʃ)          
Approximant       j w     [ɥ]1
Trill   r r:            
  1. before vowels, allophone of /ju/
Close i i:   u u:
Close-mid [e]1   [o]2
Mid   [ə]3  
Open a a:    
  1. word-finally, allophone of /i/
  2. after /x r/, allophone of /u/
  3. word-finally, allophone of /a/
Syllable Structure(C)(r/j/w)V(V)(C)
Below is the orthography for Shissian. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
Aa/a/Ḥḥ/x:/Ṃṃ/m:/Ṇṇ/n:/Ṛṛ/r:/Ṣṣ/s:/Cc/c/CH ch/cʰ/Hh/x/Ii/i/Kk/k/
KH kh/kʰ/Mm/m/Nn/n/NY ny/ɲ/Rr/r/Ss/s/Tt/t/TH th/tʰ/TS ts/t͡s/TSH tsh/t͡sʰ/TŠ tš/t͡ʃ/1
Uu/u/Ww/w/Xx/ʔ/Yy/j/Šš/ʃ/ŠṢ šṣ/ʃ:/Ūū/u:/Āā/a:/Īī/i:/
✖ Unknown alphabetical order
  1. loan words only
Latest 8 related articles listed below.
Nyīri Overview
The writing system of Shissian
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Miscellaneous Translations
Shissian to English
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Shissian Phrases
WIP of common idioms
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Neis Culture
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Pnapaic declensions 01-Oct-18 09:39
Typological information for Shissian

Animacy distinctionsAnimate/Inanimate
Morphosyntactic alignmentErgative/Absolutive
Primary word orderVSO
Pronoun dropping?No

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