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Mayessa
Maces̨a
[ma.jɛ.ˈsːa | ma.ʝɛ.ˈsʼa | maj.ˈsa]
Registered by Orikrin on 22 August 2016
Language type Artistic Language (Artlang)
Place & SpeakersMayessa is spoken by a population of around 20,000,000 in Pozdow.
Species Human/humanoid
About Mayessa
&q‍‍‍id| &es| &er0aç| &2sçstiese| &mace7aew| !
Hi and welcome to the Mayessan page !
The language that won the Hashi for the worst PhoMo rules in 1888.


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Updates


- early June: conscript changes.

Summary


My main conlang, 90% artlang, 10% a priori. Agglutinative and phonologically unaesthetic with a partly syllabary alphabet. Unique prosody and phonemes.

In one dimension, it is known as a minority language of Sahar in  Majesëruidi and  Chalyl. In another, it's one of the two official languages of Pozdow, planet Monfast.

Facts


- SVO :
- agglutinating ;
- head-first ;
- verb-framed ;
- nominative/accusative alignment but no marked accusative ;
- few tenses ;
- lots of regular declensions (but no accusative) ;
- possession through genitive or affixes ;
- determiners are affixes ;
- possible passive voice included in conjugations ;
- possible negative conjugations ;
- complex prosody ;
- very allophonic ;
- very palatal : /ɲ c ɟ ç ç̠ ʝ̠ ʎ j/ ;
- lots of glides : /ʋ j ʍ w ɰ ɥ ð̞/.

Gallery

▼ Mayessan accents in Pozdow


▼ Mayessan prosody (only IPA is out of date)
Sample of Mayessa[view] Dëz ühsaqhelon erinagos̨a ursoer es toaener zeoluevoa es geksevoahn. Eriqhos̨a anŭa es xomaca es erigës̨aagözül feglöese efarxazö.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
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Latest vocabulary
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Sound samples in Mayessa
Some sound samples of Mayessa. Maximum of 6 shown. Click the links to see the full texts.
Ontak sitas̨a soozë. Sitas̨a sëzmos̨a. Vür neuclova eze, nekvamos̨a eze.
Nothing is yours. It is to use. It is to share. If you will not share it, you cannot use it.
Aaareëp... Ük̨a ? Köre ? Areëp.
Dussst... anybody? No? Dust.
Gürzeslümis̨a.
Don't Panic.
Qsevasi üseruriisa.
He lost his hand.
Language family relationships
Language treeMonfastian
 ⤷  Proto Monfastian
  ⤷ Proto Silver Dialect
   ⤷  Silver Dialect (Archaic Mayessa)
    ⤷ Old Mayessa
     ⤷  Mayessa
[view] About MonfastianThe language family of the planet Monfast, 17 billion light-years away from Earth.
Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialLabio-
dental
DentalAlveolarPalatalLabio-
velar
VelarUvularGlottalOther
Nasal m m:     n n: [ɲ]1          
Plosive (p) (b)     t t: d c c: ɟ   [k]2 [q]3 [ɢ]4    
Fricative   f f: θ θ: [ð̞]5 s s: ç ç̠   [x]6   h  
Affricate         c͡ç ɟʝ          
Lateral approximant       l [ʎ]7   ʟ̝      
Approximant   ʋ8     [j]9 [ʍ]10 [w]11 [ɰ]12     [ɥ]13
Trill       r14            
Flap       ɾ            
Blends θi si jn ɟyɾ jyc səθ mi sje lʋa ʋwa
ɾa sa [jɪ]15
  1. Allophone of /nj/
  2. Before a front vowel, allophone of /c/
  3. Before a back vowel, allophone of /c/
  4. Very rare : before /ʟ̝/, allophone of /ɟ/
  5. Considered a consonant in Mayessan phonology ! In V/G_V/G, allophone of /θ/
  6. In contact with a consonant, allophone of /h/
  7. Allophone of /lj/
  8. Considered a consonant in Mayessan phonology !
  9. allophone of /i/
  10. Allophone of /hw/
  11. allophone of /u/
  12. Considered a consonant in Mayessan phonology ! Before a back vowel, allophone of /ɟ/
  13. allophone of /y/
  14. Very rare : /ɾ/ when lengthened
  15. When it was already allophoned in C_C, allophone of /j/
VowelsFrontNear-
front
CentralBack
Close i y     u
Near-close   [ɪ]1    
Close-mid       [ɤ]2 o
Mid     ə  
Open-mid ɛ œ      
Open a      
Polyphthongs oj yj oθə
  1. See /jɪ/ in blends.
  2. Word ending, allophone of /o/
Syllable Structure(C)(C)(C)V/T(C)(C)(C)

The clusters can be bigger if there are glides, and there are lots of them. Big glides clusters like (G)(G)(G) are common.
Stress informationStress in Mayessa is part of a complex prosody.

The stress always hits the first syllable starting with a consonant, unless :
- the word is monosyllabic : then it is stressed anyway ;
- the last syllable of the word (without coda) contains one of the following letters : k̨, m̨, n̨, s̨, t̨, v̨, ɀ ; in which case it is an oxytone and the prosodic consonant is lengthened.

Mayessa has a high pitch ruled by prosodic consonants (P) in situations different than #PV.

Stress may have a grammatical value.
OtherFor more information about Mayessan prosody, see the image gallery in the main summary.

Mayessan phonology is pretty much allophonic and rather "soft" : there are lots of glides and the most aggressive fricatives are rare (/x r/ being allophonic as well).

Vowel length can be distinctive, as well as consonant length but not that often.

/ɲ ʎ/ are the simplification of /nj lj/, which can be used allophonically.

There is an important difference between /ç/ and its retracted counterpart /ç̠/. That last phoneme is getting a velar articulation, or even uvular for the affricate /q͡ç̠/.

Lengthened consonants are slightly ejective, hence their length completely replaced by ejectivity in the southern dialects.
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Mayessa. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 MayessaOrthography
&‍‍‍i|
Ii
i
/i/, [j]
&a|
Aa
a
/a/
&e|
Ee
e
/ɛ/
&o|
Oo
o
/o/, [ɤ]1
&u|
Uu
u
/u/, [w]
&2|
Üü
ü
/y/, [ɥ]
&0|
Ëë
ë
/ə/
&1|
Öö
ö
/œ/
&f|
Ff
fa
/f/
&c|
Cc
cao
/j/
&q|
Qq
qa
/ç/
&3|
CL cl
cla
/ç̠/
&d|
Dd
da
/d/
&t|
Tt
ta
/t/
&9|
T̨ t̨
ta
/t:/
&h|
Hh
ha
/j/
&x|
Xx
xa
/h/, [x]2
&g|
Gg
ga
/ɟ/, [ɢ]3, [ɰ]4
&k|
Kk
ka
/c/, [k]5, [q]6
&4|
K̨ k̨
k̨a
/c:/
&l|
Ll
la
/l/
&r|
Rr
ra
/ɾ/, /r/7
&m|
Mm
ma
/m/
&5|
M̨ m̨
m̨a
/m:/
&n|
Nn
na
/n/
&6|
N̨ n̨
n̨a
/n:/
&s|
Ss
sa
/s/
&7|
S̨ s̨
s̨a
/s:/
&v|
Vv
va
/ʋ/8
&8|
V̨ v̨
v̨a
/f:/
&z|
Zz
za
/θ/, [ð̞]9
&y|
Ɀɀ
ɀa
/θ:/
&ç|
LVA lva
elvao
/lʋa/
&è|
HÜK hük
hüko
/jyc/
&ù|
HN hn
ehno
/jn/
&é|
GÜR gür
güro
/ɟyɾ/
&à|
SËZ sëz
sëzo
/səθ/
&ä|
MI mi
mio
/mi/
&ô|
RA ra
rao
/ɾa/
&ö|
SA sa
sao
/sa/
&â|
SI si
sio
/si/
&û|
SIE sie
sieo
/sje/
&w|
VOA voa
evoao
/ʋwa/
&î|
ZI zi
zio
/θi/
&ë|
ÜR ür
üro
/yj/
&ü|
OZË ozë
ozëo
/oθə/
&ê|
UI ui
uiö
/oj/
&j|
Ww
k̨eiilo
//
&b|
Bb
be
/b/10
&p|
Pp
pe
/p/11
✔ Shown in correct order
  1. Word ending
  2. In contact with a consonant
  3. Very rare : before /ʟ̝/
  4. Considered a consonant in Mayessan phonology ! Before a back vowel
  5. Before a front vowel
  6. Before a back vowel
  7. Very rare : /ɾ/ when lengthened
  8. Considered a consonant in Mayessan phonology !
  9. Considered a consonant in Mayessan phonology ! In V/G_V/G
  10. loan words only
  11. loan words only
Additional NotesThe Mountain Script. More information here : http://conworkshop.info/view_article.php?ns=1bcd6b2601079f8efc0b248316209622 .
Latest 8 related articles listed below.
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24-Jun-17 16:41
Pronunciation 14-Jun-17 12:03
Swearing 12-May-17 11:33
Conjugations 12-May-17 11:31
Declinations 06-May-17 09:50
Prosody 16-Apr-17 12:28
Some idiotisms 03-Apr-17 12:12
Typological information for Mayessa

Morphological typologyAgglutinative
Morphosyntactic alignmentNominative/Accusative
Negation markingAffix
Number of nominal casesEight cases or more
Primary writing systemConscript

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