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Zarikavan
zarakavano
[ˈɣɛʀɛ,tɛβɛ̃nɑ̝]
Registered by Aktaion on 18 December 2018
Language type Artistic Language (Artlang)
Place & SpeakersZarikavan is spoken by a population of around 18,000,000 .
Species Cervid
About Zarikavan

completion: 20%
has 1000004 words!! (102410)

It is spoken by a bunch of cute whitetail deer people who live in canada area, on a earth in which regular humans were not evolved. they have been in society longer than humans, and know very much about math and the universe and that stuff; created advanced technology. even though they are smart, having a cloven opposable hand (like the halo sangheili), and stand bipedally often, they have a lot of cervid anatomy features:
-acute sense of smell
-emotion displays mainly on ears and tail
-partly color blind, but great night vision
-yearly antlers (of males)
-chew cud
-mating season
-short lifespan
and many more! also some anatomy features are more unique, not of wild deer nor human. basically they are a familiar, cute furry type alien.

there is romanization, but the original script is syllabary. it also comes with what i call "metalinguistic marks" which denote gestures, emotions, prosody, and extra sounds (for example, grunts and wind).

assorted fact:
mostly VSO, but as for the other elements of the sentence, they can be anywhere!!
Sample of Zarikavan[view] ...{neut} khilu bagiri' aniho olo ie {esame} joku lija~gu ja hiokhan .{esame} vi ponjuo khilun gushou

She was quite skinny the first time I recorded her, she is filling out with apples.
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Phonology
[view]Phonological System: Cervidfor beings with cervine muzzles.
it's essentially copied over from regular IPA, so that humans can interpret/approximate it in IPA. (there is more we can say than you think) But some sounds are different or impossible for deers, or there are new phonation types of all. (will represent the new stuff soon.)

a. their long mouth causes them inability to round or say the most open of vowels.

b. the "nasal trill" is like when a horse grunts at you of happiness
consonant non-lateralbilabial alveolar (dental pad) palatal velar pharyngeal (higher) glottal
voiceless plosive p pʰ [t]1 [tʰ]2  k kʰ  ʔ
voiceless fricative ɸ   x  h
voiceless trill     ʀ̥ 
voiced nasal [m]3 n  [ŋ]4  
voiced plosive b [d]5  g  
voiced fricative β   ɣ  
voiced approximant [ʋ̟]6  [j]7 ɰ  
voiced trill     ʀ 
voiced flap   ɾ    
  1. allophone of /k/ before open vowel
  2. allophone of /kʰ/ before open vowel
  3. allophone of /n/ at word beginning and before open vowel
  4. allophone of /n/ before a close vowel
  5. allophone of /ɾ/ at word beginning
  6. a common rendition of /β/
  7. allophone of /ɰ/ or /i/ in certain dipthongs
consonant lateral alveolar (dental pad)
voiceless fricative ɬ
voiced fricative ɮ
vowelfront central back
close i ĩ  ɯ ɯ̃
near-close   
mid-open  ə 
open ɛ ɛ̃  ɑ̝ ɑ̝̃
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Orthography
Below is the orthography for Zarikavan. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 ZarikavanOrthography
a/ɛ/b/b/e/ə/f/ɸ/g/g/h/h/i/i/j/ɰ/k/k/
kh/kʰ/l/ɾ/n/n/o/ɑ̝/p/p/ph/pʰ/r/ʀ/s/x/sh/ɬ/
u/ɯ/v/β/w//x/ʀ̥/z/ɣ/zh/ɮ/-/ʔ/
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    Typological information for Zarikavan

    GendersMasculine/Feminine/Neuter
    Morphological typologyFusional
    Morphosyntactic alignmentErgative/Absolutive
    Primary word orderVSO
    Script typeSyllabary

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