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Town Speech(aka. Urban Basanawa) [UBS]
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Town Speech(aka. Urban Basanawa)
Registered by 藤咲瑠奈 on 26 November 2014
Language type A posteriori
Species Human/humanoid
About Town Speech(aka. Urban Basanawa) (updating)


- Town Speech is a Low German language closely related to certain Dutch and Low Saxon dialects.
- The basic word order is SVO, with preverbal negations and prepositions, Germanic V2 order has been lost
- An initial question particle, rather than the subject–verb inversion, is used to form yes-no questions.
- Generally right-branching but is basically left-branching in nominal phrases
- The grammar is largely analytic: no adjective declensions, nominal cases, although nouns have plural forms and verbs conjugate according to tense and person.
- The plural form of most nouns are formed by adding -/(ə)s/(written -す) to the endings of them, but there's still a considerable amount of nouns whose plural formes are formed by adding -/(ə)n/(written -ん) to the endings of them.
- an invariant relativizer rather than interrogative pronouns is used to form relative clauses.
- Town Speech has a profound East Asian influence and is written in a Japanese-derived writing system and it tends to use more Kandji(漢字) compared to modern Standard Japanese.
- Town Speech has many loanwords from Japanese, Chinese, etc., and uses Sino-Xenic vocabulary from Japanese as academic vocabulary to express complex ideas and also interjections; while the grammatical structure, functional words and words for everyday life are still largely Germanic.
Sample of Town Speech(aka. Urban Basanawa)[view] ごめんなさい、然くひ知んど過う多かる゚

I'm sorry but he knew too much.
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    ⤷ Middle Low German
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      ⤷  Town Speech(aka. Urban Basanawa)
[view] About GermanicThe Germanic languages are a branch of the Indo-European language family spoken natively by a population of approximately 500 million people mainly in North America, Oceania, Western and Northern Europe. Proto-Germanic , which was spoken in approxima...
Nasal m   n       [ŋ]1  
Plosive p b   t d       k g  
Fricative   f [v]2 s z3 ʃ [ç]4   x [h]5
Affricate     (t͡s) t͡ʃ d͡ʒ        
Lateral approximant     l          
Approximant     ɹ   j w    
Trill     [r]6          
  1. allophone of /n/
  2. allophone of /f/
  3. allophone of /s/ in native germanic words, but an independent phoneme in words from other languages
  4. allophone of /x/
  5. allophone of /x/
  6. allophone of /ɹ/
Close i i:       u u:
Near-close   [ɪ]1   [ʊ]2  
Mid e̞ e̞:   ə   o̞ o̞:
Open-mid [ɛ]3       [ɔ]4
Open     ä ä:   [ɑ:]5
Polyphthongs ai au oi iu
  1. allophone of /i/
  2. allophone of /u/
  3. allophone of /e̞/
  4. allophone of /o̞/
  5. allophone of /ä:/
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Typological information for Town Speech(aka. Urban Basanawa)

Morphosyntactic alignmentNeutral
Primary word orderSVO
Primary writing systemKana/Kanji/Hanzi

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