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Old Cendaean
Cendáe'an Tíu
[sɛndaɛʔɶn t͡ɕiə]*
Registered by ChessInChocolate on 19 April 2016
Language type Mixed
Species Human/humanoid
About Old Cendaean Old Cendaean is commonly thought to be the tongue of Cenda, the clan that settled in the middle of the continent of Vyrus and became Cendaea. Scholars think it was lost during the long journey across the sea from Cenda's home continent of Oxa, as they were with a slew of other clans who most likely had their own languages. Google Translate thinks it's Vietnamese. Language Detectors think it's Irish Gaelic. None of that is true. In reality, it's a language that was invented by a drunk minstrel.

Old Cendaean is a mix between a priori and a posteriori, borrowing and modifying some words (breámh, from the Irish brath, meaning depending/feeling,) while others are completely made up and are usually inside jokes or references to things I watch. (Ruás, meaning lazy.) So there's a little bit of jokelang in there, too. Sentence order is SOVS, the S at the beginning stands for setting, and refers to any words that help set the time and place. It's an isolation language...sort of. There are a few suffixes, but for the most part words are conjugated by adding one of the three tense markers to the beginning of the sentence.

Loan words often fall victim to consonant clusters. A prime example is Bodtcbháná, the Cendaeafied version of Botswana. Fun! (Or just confusing.)
Sample of Old Cendaean[view] (Á) Sál, eóloáth eó druí'o fínne chló.

The language of all men is death
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Language family relationships
[view] Cendaé'an Tíu Dál (Early Cendaean)Early Cendaean wasn't much, simply using the orthography of Old Cendaean to write out words. It was invented by Davis Quickfingers, later Daéṁhic Schlíṁhchrá (spelled Davis Schlivchra in the common tongue.) when he got mad at some drunk guys singing his songs wrong at a tavern he was drinking at. He thought that by inventing a confusing orthography, it would deter people from trying to sing. He forgot, in his intoxicated state, that an orthography doesn't help when the words sound the same.
[view] Tághdál Cendaé'an (Modern Cendaean)For when I want to use my fantasy conlang for everyday purposes, because Cendaeans aren't exactly modern. Internet shorthand falls under this dialect.
Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialLabio-
dental
DentalAlveolarPost-
Alveolar
Alveolo-
palatal
Labio-
velar
VelarGlottal
Nasal m     n          
Plosive p b     d       g ʔ
Fricative ɸ v θ s ʒ ɕ   x ɦ
Affricate           t͡ɕ      
Lateral approximant       l          
Approximant             w    
Flap       ɾ          
Blends gn dt mɦʱ wɦʱ vɦʱ dɦʱ ɸɦʱ dgɦʱ gɦʱ
VowelsFrontNear-
front
CentralBack
Close i     u
Near-close   ɪ    
Close-mid e     o
Mid     ə  
Open-mid ɛ      
Open a ɶ     ɑ
Polyphthongs iu eo ia ai ui eu ao
oi
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Old Cendaean. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 Old CendaeanOrthography
'/ʔ/Aa/ɶ/AÓ aó/ao/Áá/a/ÁI ái/ai/Íí/i/ÍA ía/ia/Óó/o/ṀH ṁh/v/Úú/u/
ÚA úa/uɶ/ÚI úi/ui/Bb/b/Cc/s/CH ch/x/Dd/d/DGH dgh/ʒ/, /dgɦʱ/DH dh/dɦʱ/DT dt/dt/Ee/ɛ/
EÓ eó/eo/EÚ eú/eu/EI ei/e/Ff/ɸ/FH fh/ɸɦʱ/Gg/g/GH gh/gɦʱ/GN gn/gn/Hh/ɦ/Ii/ɪ/
IÉ ié/iɛ/IÚ iú/iu/Ll/l/Mm/m/MH mh/mɦʱ/, /vɦʱ/Nn/n/Oo/ɑ/OÁ oá/oɶ/OÍ oí/oi/Pp/p/
Rr/ɾ/Ss/ɕ/, /s/Tt/t͡ɕ/TH th/θ/Uu/ə/Ww/w/WH wh/wɦʱ/
✖ Unknown alphabetical order
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    Typological information for Old Cendaean

    Noun numbersSingular/Plural
    Animacy distinctionsNone
    GendersNone
    Primary writing systemOther

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