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Arianish [ZKQ]
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Registered by fractalshadow on 29 April 2017
Language type Mixed
Place & SpeakersArianish is spoken by a population of 600 in Zanobia.
Species Human/humanoid
About Arianish
About Arianish

-Inspired by Abkhaz, Hopi, Apache, and Arapaho
-Uses a lot of non-concatenating morphology, suppletion, and metathesis
-Spoken by a tribe of warrior people called the Zekeqı
-Uses consonant mutations to a moderate extent
-Vowel harmony
-Uses a purely pictographic writing system
- Dual modal: the male register uses signs in tandem with speaking

My goal with Arianish was to create a language that contained a lot of variance. Just how different can different registers or modes [speaking/writing] be while still maintaining intelligibility?

Arianish has 2 "dialects" or registers - men's speech and women's speech. There are very deep differences between them. When the 2 sexes are together, the common register is used; however, when they are separated, then the appropriate register is used.
Sample of Arianish[view] naqonyeṇ

Little Warrior
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Language family relationships
[view] ṇ̇oraxela (female register)This genderlect contains specialized and ritualized vocabulary for magic, herbalism, and health. The women's register also favors a topic-prominent word order and more explicit case markings.
[view] k̇ozọxela (male register)The men's register contains special ritualized vocabulary for animal names, the afterlife, and hunting. Men tend use a quieter voice, euphemisms, and sign language in tandem with speaking.
Nasal     n   ɲ   ŋ ŋʷ  
Plosive [b]1   ↓t2 [d]3       k ʰk kʷ  
Fricative [β]4 v         x h̪͆5 ↓h6
Affricate     t͡s d͡z̠          
Lateral approximant       ɭ        
Approximant         j w    
Flap     ɾ          
Implosive ɓ   ɗ          
  1. allophone of /ɓ/
  2. breathe in while sucking the tongue to the dental ridge
  3. allophone of /ɗ/
  4. allophone of /v/
  5. voiceless bidental fricative
  6. breathe in as if to gasp
Close [i] [î] ɨ ɨ̂ ɨ̥ [u] [û]1
Close-mid ø ø̂ ø̥    
Open-mid ɛ ɛ̂ ɛ̥    
Open     ɑ ɑ̂ ɑ̥
  1. allophone of /ɑ̂/
Below is the orthography for Arianish. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
Aa/ɑ/Ȧ̇ ȧ̇/ɑ̂/Ạ ạ/ɑ̥/Bb/ɓ/, [b]1, [β]Cc/t͡s/Dd/ɗ/Ee/ɛ/Ė̇ ė̇/ɛ̂/Ẹ ẹ/ɛ̥/Hh/↓h/2/ɨ/İ̇ i̇̇/ɨ̂/
Ị ı̣/ɨ̥/Kk/k/Ḳ̇ ḳ̇/ʰk/Ll/ɭ/Ṇ̇ ṇ̇/ŋʷ/NY ny/ɲ/Oo/ø/Ȯ̇ ȯ̇/ø̂/Ọ ọ/ø̥/Qq/h̪͆/3Rr/ɾ/Tt/↓t/4
Uu[u]Vv/v/Ww/w/Xx/x/Yy/j/Zz/d͡z̠/K̇ k̇/kʷ/Nn/n/Ṇ ṇ/ŋ/Pp/b/
✖ Unknown alphabetical order
  1. breathe in as if to gasp
  2. voiceless bidental fricative
  3. breathe in while sucking the tongue to the dental ridge
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Typological information for Arianish

Base counting systemQuaternary (4)
Double negativesBecomes affirmative
Relative clause headNo relative clauses
Script typePictographic/Ideographic

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