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Toap Shan [TPG]
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Toap Shan
Registered by Tetthinkirl on 18 June 2019
Language type A priori
Species Human/humanoid
About Toap Shan
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Toap Shan, also memeically known as Soap Khan or Soap Tan, is a long rustle of stops and lateral fricatives which somehow tries to give any meaningful sense. It has a syllable structure of C(V) for prefixes, (C)(C)CV(C) for roots words and VC for the rare suffix, but compounds freely ignore this leaving mongshtrhuous amalgations. It's an SOV head-final rather agglutinating mess of consonants with animacy distinctions and a kink for monosyllabic words. There are 2 romanisations: an ASCII-friendly one and an APN one, for 1 orthography: the Hegima conscript. Also /a e i o/ ftw
Apparently, some North Caucasian langs, Quechua and effing Greenlandic inuit are the closest IRL langs according to cws typology

Unfortunate english coincidences tally:

To giaq:
finish grammar tables
get categories back in order
make a word that for once doesn't look like a keysmash

Sample of Toap Shan[view] Qoqllahlkslasmdhgor llnbdlhon ithui!

Several huge monster blindworms are destroying the iceberg!
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Language family relationships
Language treeGadhiatean
 ⤷ Proto-Gadhiatean
  ⤷ Oceanic Gadhiatean
   ⤷  Toap Shan
[view] About GadhiateanA mainly verb-initial strongly prefixing polysynthetic family in Samkhretit on Samqaro (a collabworld made by strange, tet, xev and ult) with animacy distinctions and reduplication in definites.
Nasal m n          
Plosive ᵐb1 t tʰ ⁿd2   k kʷ kʰ kʰʷ q qʷ qʰ qʰʷ ʔ  
Fricative   s ʃ x xʷ χ χʷ h  
Affricate   t͡sʼ t͡ʃʼ k͡xʼ k͡xʼʷ q͡χʼ q͡χʼʷ   t͡ɬʼ
Lateral fricative   ɬ          
  1. In free variation with an approximant [ᵐb~w]
  2. In free variation with an approximant [ⁿd~l]. Always [l] when syllabic.
Close i1  
Close-mid e2 o
Open a  
Polyphthongs oə̯ iə̯ aɪ̯ aʊ̯ iʊ̯
  1. usually front-central [ï]
  2. true-mid
Syllable Structure(C)(C)(C)V(C₁), where V is one of /i o e a iʊ̯ iə̯ oə̯ aɪ̯ aʊ̯ m n l/ and C₁ can be a tenuis plosive /t k kʷ q qʷ ʔ/ or a toneme /H L/.
phonetic CCC onsets are very rare, usually a fricative or ejective breaks away and forms a syllable with a potential onset consonant (e.g. /xsqʷʰV/ [xs̩.qʷʰV] if the phonemic cluster isn't steadily increasing in sonority, like in the legal three-consonant cluster [kʷt͡ɬʼχV]. Although anything but plosives can form phonetic nuclei and are by native speakers regarded as such (and in the realm of music, take a step), the limitation of requiring a vowel or nasal 1-2 phones after, and the fact that only rimes with a vowel or nasal can have codas or carry tone suggest that consonant-nuclei are phonotactically not a syllable, but a part of a cluster.
Stress informationThe root syllable gets stressed (syllable nucleus gets longer and louder). In words and phrases with multiple roots, the stress goes on the syllable with the heaviest rime (diphthong and coda is heaviest, followed by /a i o/ and coda, /e/ plus coda, then diphthong only) and at least 2 onset consonants. If multiple syllable rimes have equal weight, the one with the longest onset gets stressed. If they also have equal onsets or no onsets with 2 or more consonants, the ultimate of these syllables gets stressed.
OtherToap Shan also has a three-way level tone distinction, written with an ogonek for low tone and an acute accent for high tone in Americanist romanisation, and Vn for low tone and Vs for high tone in the hegima conscript ASCII romanisation. Neither nasals nor fricatives can appear in coda. Low toned vowels often also get nasalised when stressed, and mid tones surface as falling tones when stressed.
Below is the orthography for Toap Shan. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 Toap ShanOrthography
Xx/x/Ẋẋ/χ/Ɂɂ/ʔ/ʷ/ʷ/ʼ/ʼ/˛/̀/´ /́/
✖ Unknown alphabetical order
  1. In free variation with an approximant [ᵐb~w]
  2. true-mid
  3. usually front-central [ï]
  4. In free variation with an approximant [ⁿd~l]. Always [l] when syllabic.
Typological information for Toap Shan

Base counting systemVigesimal (20)
Morphological typologyPolysynthetic
Morphosyntactic alignmentTripartite
Primary word orderSOV

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