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Xingwa
Xingwa
[ǁi'ŋwa]
Registered by [Deactivated User] on 2 February 2016
Language type Artistic Language (Artlang)
Species Human/humanoid
About Xingwa Xingwa is the language spoken by the Ngwa people (native umangwa) in their small village of semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers called R'ngwa. Its most notable characteristic are the clicks which make up to almost the entirety of the language's phonology. Some of these clicks are not found in Earth's known languages, nor in the IPA, so I had to invent a few symbols.
I'M REDOING THE PHONOLOGY ATM and this will have consequences on grammar so don't rely too much on the following information:

Features:
- Fluid-S alignment;
- two tones determine the role of the noun, i.e. wether it is agent or patient;
- lots of clicks;
- vowels can be plain, nasal, breathy voiced and creaky voiced, and long or short;
- nasal consonants /m n ŋ/ can be treated like vowels in core syllable structures;
- did I mention it has a lot of clicks?
- they can be word final (which is not found among Earth's languages);
- however, some of them are actually ejectives or implosives;
- 13 noun classes;
- generally isolating;
Sample of Xingwa[view] 'ȇmapãã na makwenci / ngempohàmo rweng / ker'pãã iphe 'ȃ 'ȇm / ngeoyòyu mpha / na maroe qȏe na makwenci. / Lungni kam 'ȇm 'ȇmyapimi ngnichao, / nti mo 'ȇmontng'i / qȏe 'ȇm nti tha ngo 'ȇumantngpa. / Ţm wa mo 'ȇm 'ȃ otȃa / 'wa xwo naȋ otȃa si 'ȇm. / Wewe rpãã ci ng...[view all texts]
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Sound samples in Xingwa
Some sound samples of Xingwa. Maximum of 6 shown. Click the links to see the full texts.
'ȇmapãã na makwenci ngempohàmo rweng ker'pãã iphe 'ȃ 'ȇm ngeoyòyu mpha n...
Our Father in heaven, May your name be honored. May your kingdom come. May your will be done on e...
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Umamhi ci qȏe nga'ohi: kang nge com nga'ohi 'u 'oh nqeng
Friends are like cows - if you eat them, they die.
aQõõ còco at'aa lku ngaPic lú ţeex kharw.
The girl who brought fish left.
Ì pon'i xingwa
I speak English
Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialDentalAlveolarRetroflexAlveolo-
palatal
PalatalLabio-
velar
VelarUvularGlottal
Nasal m mʱ mʷ   n nʱ nʷ         ŋ ŋʷ    
Plosive     d1 ʈʼ           ʔ ʔʷ ʔʰ
Fricative     s         [x]2 [χ]3 h
Lateral fricative     [ɬ]4              
Approximant           j w      
Trill                  
Click ʘ ʘʷ ʘ̃ ʘʰ ǀ ǀʷ ǀ̃ ǀʰ ǃ ǃʷ ǃ̃ ǃʰ ‼ ‼ʷ ‼̃ ‼ʰ ǁ ǁʷ ǁ̃ ǁʰ     ʞʷˡ ʞˡ ʞ̃ˡ ʞʰˡ    
Implosive ɓ               ʛ̥ʷ ʛ̥  
Blends ‼͡ɭʼ ‼͡ɭʼʷ ‼ɭ̃ ‼͡ɭʰʼ tʔʼ
  1. actually /dⁿ/ - a nasal release, often followed by either /n/ or /m/
  2. allophone of /h/
  3. allophone of /h/
  4. allophone of /s/
VowelsFrontBack
Close i iʱ ḭ ĩ u uʱ ṵ ũ
Close-mid e eʱ ḛ ẽ o oʱ o̰ õ
Open a aʱ a̰ ã  
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Xingwa. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 XingwaOrthography [edit]
'/ʔ/'H 'h/ʔʰ/'W 'w/ʔʷ/Aa/a/Ȃȃ/a̰/AH ah/aʱ/Ã ã/ã/Cc/ǀ/CH ch/ǀʰ/CW cw/ǀʷ/
Ȇȇ/ḛ/Ee/e/EH eh/eʱ/Ẽ ẽ/ẽ/Hh/h/Ȋȋ/ḭ/Ii/i/IH ih/iʱ/Ĩ ĩ/ĩ/Kk/ǃ/
KH kh/ǃʰ/KW kw/ǃʷ/Ll/‼͡ɭʼ/LH lh/‼͡ɭʰʼ/LK lk/ʞˡ/LKH lkh/ʞʰˡ/LKW lkw/ʞʷˡ/LW lw/‼͡ɭʼʷ/Mm/m/MH mh/mʱ/
MP mp/ʘ̃/MW mw/mʷ/Nn/n/NC nc/ǀ̃/NG ng/ŋ/NGW ngw/ŋʷ/NH nh/nʱ/NK nk/ǃ̃/NLK nlk/ʞ̃ˡ/NT nt/‼̃/
NW nw/nʷ/NX nx/ǁ̃/Oo/o/Ȏȏ/o̰/OH oh/oʱ/Õ õ/õ/Pp/ʘ/PH ph/ʘʰ/PW pw/ʘʷ/Qq/ʛ̥/
QW qw/ʛ̥ʷ/Rr/rʼ/Ţţ/ʈʼ/Tt/‼/T' t'/tʔʼ/TH th/‼ʰ/TW tw/‼ʷ/Ȗȗ/ṵ/Uu/u/UH uh/uʱ/
Ũ ũ/ũ/Ww/w/Xx/ǁ/XH xh/ǁʰ/XW xw/ǁʷ/Yy/j/
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