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Tiian [TII]
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tiiri-ko sei-ma
[ti:ɾiko seima]
Registered by Robyn Kolozsvari on 12 January 2017
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Language type A priori
Species Human/humanoid
About Tiian Tiian, known as チィリコ セィマ (tiiri-ko sei-ma; tii-people-GENGenitive (case)
tongue-NOMNominative (case)
TRANS subject, INTR argument
), is the language of one of the major Eastern Maritime cultures. The Tii people (tiiri) compete with the Laiky (in Tiian, "laikiri") for control of the many islands in the Raimak (ラィマカマ, "raimaka-ma," Raima-Ocean-NOMNominative (case)
TRANS subject, INTR argument
). The two are in a near-constant state of war, yet are remarkably friendly towards each other. This has led to the Western cultures thinking of the Tii and Laiky as being "so bloodthirsty as to kill a friend then have a drink with his brother," an example that comes from a common Tii story.
Sample of Tiian[view] tiiri-ko miramai-ma

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Language family relationships
Language treeRaimak
 ⤷  Proto-Raimak
  ⤷ Oceanic
   ⤷ Eastern Oceanic
    ⤷  Tiian
[view] About RaimakLow-level language family within the larger Lintang-Raimak family. Spoken in the south of Katiin and across the islands of the Raimak.
[view] tiilanai-ko sei-ma (Tiilanaian)Generally considered a prestige dialect, and is generally very conservative. It is spoken in the cultural capital city of the Tii, Tiilanai. It has more cases than other dialects, no true adpositions, and has not begun to develop tense or definiteness. Phonetically, stops do not voice when intervocalic, and glottal stops are inserted between adjacent vowels.
Nasal m   n     ŋ  
Plosive p [p̬]1   t [t̬]2     k [k̬]3  
Fricative [ɸ]4 [ɸ̬]5 f [f̬]6 s [s̬]7   ɕ [ɕ̬]8   h
Affricate     [t͡s]9 [t͡s̬]10 [t͡ʃ]11 [t͡ʃ̬]12      
Lateral approximant     l        
Flap     ɾ        
  1. intervocalic, allophone of /p/
  2. intervocalic, allophone of /t/
  3. intervocalic, allophone of /k/
  4. before u and o, allophone of /h/
  5. intervocalic before u and o, allophone of /h/
  6. intervocalic, allophone of /f/
  7. intervocalic, allophone of /s/
  8. intervocalic, allophone of /ɕ/
  9. before i and u, allophone of /t/
  10. intervocalic before i and u, allophone of /t/
  11. before i and e, allophone of /k/
  12. intervocalic before i and e, allophone of /k/
Close i i: [ĩ]1     u u: [ũ]2
Near-close   [ɪ̃]3 [ʊ̃]4  
Close-mid e e: [ẽ]5     o o: [õ]6
Open a a: [ã]7      
  1. allophone of /i/
  2. allophone of /u/
  3. allophone of /i/
  4. allophone of /u/
  5. allophone of /e/
  6. allophone of /o/
  7. allophone of /a/
Below is the orthography for Tiian. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
-//Aa/a/, [ã]AA aa/a:/AI ai/aɪ/AU au/aʊ/Ee/e/, [ẽ]EE ee/e:/EI ei/eɪ/EU eu/eʊ/Ff/f/, [f̬]1
Hh/h/, [ɸ̬]2, [ɸ]3Ii/i/, [ĩ], [ɪ̃]II ii/i:/Kk/k/, [t͡ʃ]4, [t͡ʃ̬]5, [k̬]6Ll/l/Mm/m/Nn/n/NG ng/ŋ/Oo/o/, [õ]OI oi/oɪ/
OO oo/o:/OU ou/oʊ/Pp/p/, [p̬]7Rr/ɾ/Ss/s/, [s̬]8SH sh/ɕ/, [ɕ̬]9Tt/t/, [t̬]10, [t͡s̬]11, [t͡s]12Uu/u/, [ũ], [ʊ̃]UU uu/u:/`//
✖ Unknown alphabetical order
  1. intervocalic
  2. intervocalic before u and o
  3. before u and o
  4. before i and e
  5. intervocalic before i and e
  6. intervocalic
  7. intervocalic
  8. intervocalic
  9. intervocalic
  10. intervocalic
  11. intervocalic before i and u
  12. before i and u
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All the applicable WALS values for Tiian
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-to verbs
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The beliefs of the Tii peoples
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Important information about Tiian syntax
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Lessons (1)
1Lesson #1
Typological information for Tiian

Double negativesObligatory
Morphological typologyAgglutinative
Number of nominal casesEight cases or more
Primary word orderSOV
Script typeSyllabary

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