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Tiian [TII]
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tiiri-ko sei-ma
[ti:ɾiko seima]
Registered by Robyn Kolozsvari on 12 January 2017
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Language type A priori
Place & SpeakersTiian is spoken by a population of around 50,000 in the Republic of the Greater Tiian Islands.
Species Human/humanoid
About Tiian Tiian, known as チィリコセィマ (tiiri-ko sei-ma; tii-people-GENGenitive (case)
tongue-NOMNominative (case)
TRANS subject, INTR argument
), is the language of one of the major Eastern Maritime cultures. The Tii people (tiiri) compete with the Laiky (in Tiian, "laikiri") for control of the many islands in the Raimak (ラィマカマ, "raimaka-ma," Raima-Ocean-NOMNominative (case)
TRANS subject, INTR argument
). The two are in a near-constant state of war, yet are remarkably friendly towards each other. This has led to the Western cultures thinking of the Tii and Laiky as being "so bloodthirsty as to kill a friend then have a drink with his brother," an example that comes from a common Tii story.
Sample of Tiian[view] nekerashi-ma setai-si, sheeline-ko pasefara-si, aso turo

I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.
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Language family relationships
Language treeLintang-Raimak
 ⤷  Proto-Lintang-Raimak
  ⤷  Proto-Gobi-Raimak
   ⤷ Proto-Raimak
    ⤷ Oceanic
     ⤷ Eastern Oceanic
      ⤷  Tiian
[view] About Lintang-RaimakThe macrofamily connecting the Gobi-Raimak family with the Zalintang family. It is accepted by almost all serious scholars, although a few still maintain that the two families are not connected.
Nasal m   n     ŋ  
Plosive p [p̬]1   t [t̬]2     k [k̬]3  
Fricative [ɸ]4 [ɸ̬]5 f [f̬]6 s [s̬]7   ɕ [ɕ̬]8   h
Affricate     [t͡s]9 [t͡s̬]10 [t͡ʃ]11 [t͡ʃ̬]12      
Lateral approximant     l        
Flap     ɾ        
  1. intervocalic, allophone of /p/
  2. intervocalic, allophone of /t/
  3. intervocalic, allophone of /k/
  4. before u and o, allophone of /h/
  5. intervocalic before u and o, allophone of /h/
  6. intervocalic, allophone of /f/
  7. intervocalic, allophone of /s/
  8. intervocalic, allophone of /ɕ/
  9. before i and u, allophone of /t/
  10. intervocalic before i and u, allophone of /t/
  11. before i and e, allophone of /k/
  12. intervocalic before i and e, allophone of /k/
Close i i: [ĩ]1     u u: [ũ]2
Near-close   [ɪ̃]3 [ʊ̃]4  
Close-mid e e: [ẽ]5     o o: [õ]6
Open a a: [ã]7      
  1. allophone of /i/
  2. allophone of /u/
  3. allophone of /i/
  4. allophone of /u/
  5. allophone of /e/
  6. allophone of /o/
  7. allophone of /a/
Below is the orthography for Tiian. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
`//a/a/, [ã]aa/a:/ai/aɪ/au/aʊ/i/i/, [ĩ], [ɪ̃]ii/i:/u/u/, [ũ], [ʊ̃]uu/u:/e/e/, [ẽ]
ei/eɪ/eu/eʊ/ee/e:/o/o/, [õ]oi/oɪ/ou/oʊ/oo/o:/p/p/, [p̬]1t/t/, [t̬]2, [t͡s̬]3, [t͡s]4k/k/, [t͡ʃ]5, [t͡ʃ̬]6, [k̬]7
f/f/, [f̬]8s/s/, [s̬]9sh/ɕ/, [ɕ̬]10h/h/, [ɸ̬]11, [ɸ]12m/m/n/n/ng/ŋ/l/l/r/ɾ/-//
✔ Shown in correct order
  1. intervocalic
  2. intervocalic
  3. intervocalic before i and u
  4. before i and u
  5. before i and e
  6. intervocalic before i and e
  7. intervocalic
  8. intervocalic
  9. intervocalic
  10. intervocalic
  11. intervocalic before u and o
  12. before u and o
Latest 8 related articles listed below.
Tiian Relative Clauses
How Relative Clauses Work, the particle e
21-Apr-17 23:40
Modern History of the Oceanic East
The Seimilan, Paranai/Tirikizi/Qoimash, the rise of the Tii ...
21-Apr-17 00:10
-to verbs
The various ways to modify -to verbs
12-Apr-17 16:34
Tiian Religion
The beliefs of the Tii peoples
04-Mar-17 23:44
Tiian Syntax
Important information about Tiian syntax
26-Feb-17 01:36
Tiian Orthography 18-Feb-17 02:59
Lessons (1)
1Lesson #1
Typological information for Tiian

Morphosyntactic alignmentNominative/Accusative
Number of nominal casesEight cases or more
Primary word orderSOV
Primary writing systemConscript
Script typeSyllabary

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