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Zu'u
Zu'u
[zʉʔʉ]*
Registered by Emma J Wood on 12 April 2018
Language type Artistic Language (Artlang)
Place & SpeakersZu'u is spoken by a population of 260 in Maama.
Species Human/humanoid
About Zu'u Zu'u is a tribal language spoken in the desert plains of Maama by about 260 people. It was first translated by missionaries in the year 1833 and the first orthography was published by Dr Hener Kalmas in 1841. It is a fairly simple language with two cases, locative and instrumental, and a limited phonology.

Zu'u was not a written language before the arrival of missionaries, and much of the history and culture of the Zu'u people (Zu'u'asa) is recorded in a rich oral tradition. Much of which was later transcribed by anthropologists, linguists and historians alike. Being an independent people, however, the Zu'u adopted their own writing system in 1922, the Zu Alphabet. The first texts to be written in this alphabet were the Zu'u previously unwritten and unstandardised constitution, and a Zu'u recipe book.
Sample of Zu'u[view] A, Aqaba Hle'em Zut, ta'qo'oqo a'caba beu Zu'u'asa qum aca'a'qeqe. Qe'aqu'qa'da, quhle qu'ud'em zec, hluhl suasua'a to'caba'ama. Cuma o'o Duma je hla'cu'ucu'ozo. Zu'u'asa baje ja'uquhl'ozo![view all texts]
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Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialAlveolarPost-
Alveolar
VelarGlottal
Nasal m        
Plosive b t d     ʔ
Fricative   s z ʃ x  
Lateral fricative   ɬ      
Click   ǃ      
VowelsFrontCentralBack
Close   ʉ  
Open-mid ɛ   ɔ
Open a    
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Zu'u. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 Zu'uOrthography
Aa
am
/a/
Bb
be
/b/
Cc
ce
/ʃ/
Dd
de
/d/
Ee
em
/ɛ/
HL hl
hlu'u
/ɬ/
Jj
jam
/x/
Mm
mam
/m/
Oo
od
/ɔ/
Qq
qu
/ǃ/
Ss
sam
/s/
Tt
tem
/t/
Uu
um
/ʉ/
Zz
zom
/z/
'
u'u
/ʔ/
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    Typological information for Zu'u

    Contour clicksSimple clicks only
    Click releasesOne
    Base counting systemDuodecimal (12)
    Definite articleAffix used
    Double negativesNot possible

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