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Shikathi
shykāðī
[ʃəkaði]*
Registered by Vulcanman on 26 March 2014
Language type A priori
Species Human/humanoid
About Shikathi Modern Shikathi is an a priori language spoken on an alien world inhabited by a technologically-advanced race. Ancient texts describe their ancestors' arrival to the world, brought by an alien being named Zh'kaar. Zh'kaar taught their ancestors language and technology. The world, people, and language were then named after Zh'kaar.

Zh'kaar disappeared for unknown reasons and the Shikathi people eventually developed into a space faring people. They began to explore the universe attempting to find Zh'kaar. In their search, the Shikathi people discovered Earth (about 10,000 years ago), and have been travelling here many times to study the progress of human evolution. Their arrival to Earth has not gone unnoticed and human culture has been irrevocably contaminated. Evidence of this contamination can be seen in many Terran languages that have assimilated words and roots that were originally of alien origin.
Sample of Shikathi[view] huika säzaryth sähar kash.

A cat is drinking milk.
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Latest vocabulary
rānalyntorthīadjmeaningless
Language family relationships
Language treeZh'Kaarian
 ⤷  Old Shikathi
  ⤷  Shikathi
 
[view] shekati soranti (Soranthi)A sizeable group of Shikathi have been on Earth for over 10,000 years observing life on the planet and studying humans. As Terran societies grew and evolved, many Terran languages began to influence Shikathi, a process that continues today. Due to this, coupled with with the prolonged isolation from the Shikathi homeworld, there is now a noticeable difference between Soranthi (the Shikathi spoken in the Sol system) and Shikathi Prime.
Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialLabio-
dental
DentalAlveolarPost-
Alveolar
VelarGlottal
Nasal m     n      
Plosive p b     t d   k g  
Fricative   f v θ ð s z ʃ ʒ   h
Affricate         t͡ʃ d͡ʒ    
Lateral approximant       l      
Approximant       ɹ      
Trill       r      
Blends ja je jo ju wa
we wi wo jaɪ waɪ
VowelsFrontNear-
front
CentralBack
Close i     u
Near-close   ɪ    
Close-mid e     o
Mid     ə  
Open-mid ɛ     ʌ ɔ
Near-open æ   ɐ  
Open a      
Polyphthongs ɔɪ
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Shikathi. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 ShikathiOrthography
Aa
ā
/ɐ/, [a]
Ðð
ðū
/ð/
Bb
/b/
CH ch
chū
/t͡ʃ/
Dd
/d/
Ee
ē
/ɛ/
Ff
/f/
Gg
/g/
GH gh
ghū
/d͡ʒ/
Hh
/h/
Ii
ī
/ɪ/, [i]
Kk
/k/
Ll
/l/
Mm
/m/
Nn
/n/
Oo
ō
/ɔ/, [o]
Pp
/p/
Rr
/r/, /ɹ/
Ss
/s/
SH sh
shū
/ʃ/
Tt
/t/
TH th
thū
/θ/
Uu
ū
/ʌ/, [u]
Vv
/v/
Yy
ish
/ə/
Zz
/z/
ZH zh
zhū
/ʒ/
✖ Unknown alphabetical order
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    Typological information for Shikathi

    Copula droppingAlways
    Noun numbersSingular/Dual/Trial/Plural
    Morphological typologyAgglutinative
    Primary word orderSOV
    Primary writing systemConscript

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