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Thawayan
sasayalaǁgo
[saˈzajaɺaǁ̬o]*
Registered by birbs on 17 April 2016
Language type Artistic Language (Artlang)
Place & SpeakersThawayan is spoken by a population of around 200,000 .
Species Human/humanoid
About Thawayan dumb orange monkeys



- super duper polysynthetic
- erg/abs
- a billion different moods
- aspect? without tense?
- evidentials!!!
- list compounding!!!!
- and more!!!!!

Note: Most translations are out of date.
Sample of Thawayan[view] ŋolaimamaġaǂxiǂxi nlaǀhoǂni'ǁnaǀgimoǂxi

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Latest vocabulary
-tiʘqhiaffmature
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ǁ'anlanfaeces
Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialDentalAlveolarRetroflexAlveolo-
palatal
PalatalLabio-
velar
VelarGlottal
Nasal m   n         ŋ  
Plosive p [b]1 ᵐb   t ⁿd         k [g]2 ᵑg [ʔ]3
Fricative [ɸ]4   s [z]5   [ɕ]6        
Affricate     [ⁿd͡z]7            
Lateral fricative     [ɬ]8            
Lateral flap     ɺ            
Approximant           j w    
Flap     [ɾ]9            
Click ʘ ʘʱ ʘˀ ʘ̃ ˀʘ̃ ʘ̥̃ ʘ̬ ʘʰ ǀ ǀʱ ǀˀ ǀ̃ ˀǀ̃ ǀ̥̃ ǀ̬ ǀʰ ǃ ǃʱ ǃˀ ǃ̃ ˀǃ̃ ǃ̥̃ ǃ̬ ǃʰ ‼ ‼ʱ ‼ˀ ‼̃ ˀ‼̃ ‼̥̃ ‼̬ ‼ʰ ǁ ǁʱ ǁˀ ǁ̃ ˀǁ̃ ǁ̥̃ ǁ̬ ǁʰ ǂ ǂʱ ǂˀ ǂ̃ ˀǂ̃ ǂ̥̃ ǂ̬ ǂʰ      
Blends ǃ͡q ǃ͡qʼ ǃ͡qʰ ǃ͡ʁ ǂ͡q ǂ͡qʼ ǂ͡qʰ ǁ͡q ǁ͡qʼ ǁ͡qʰ ‼͡q ‼͡qʼ ‼͡qʰ ǀ͡q ǀ͡qʼ ǀ͡qʰ ‼͡χ ‼͡χʼ ʘ͡χ ʘ͡χʼ ǀ͡χ ǀ͡χʼ ǃ͡χ ǃ͡χʼ
ǁ͡χ ǁ͡χʼ ǂ͡χ ǂ͡χʼ ʘ͡q ʘ͡qʼ ʘ͡qʰ ‼͡ʁ ǁ͡ʁ ʘ͡ɢ ǀ͡ɢ ǃ͡ɢ ‼͡ɢ ǁ͡ɢ
ǂ͡ɢ ǂ͡ʁ ʘ͡ʁ ǀ͡ʁ
  1. Between vowels, allophone of /p/
  2. Between vowels, allophone of /k/
  3. Inserted between vowels
  4. Between vowels, allophone of /w/
  5. Between vowels, allophone of /s/
  6. In clusters with plosives, allophone of /j/
  7. Between vowels, allophone of /ⁿd/
  8. At the start of a word, allophone of /ɺ/
  9. Between vowels, allophone of /t/
VowelsFrontBack
Close i  
Close-mid   o
Open a  
Syllable Structure(C(j,w,ɺ)V
Approximates cannot cluster with clicks and other approximates.
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Thawayan. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 ThawayanOrthography
'‼n/ˀ‼̃/'ǀn/ˀǀ̃/'ǁn/ˀǁ̃/'ǂn/ˀǂ̃/'ǃn/ˀǃ̃/'ʘn/ˀʘ̃//‼/‼'/‼ˀ/‼g/‼̬/‼h/‼ʰ/‼n/‼̃/
‼q/‼͡q/‼q'/‼͡qʼ/‼qh/‼͡qʰ/‼x/‼͡χ/‼x'/‼͡χʼ//ᵐb//ⁿd/, [ⁿd͡z]1ǀ/ǀ/ǀ'/ǀˀ/ǀg/ǀ̬/ǀh/ǀʰ/
ǀn/ǀ̃/ǀq/ǀ͡q/ǀq'/ǀ͡qʼ/ǀqh/ǀ͡qʰ/ǀx/ǀ͡χ/ǀx'/ǀ͡χʼ/ǁ/ǁ/ǁ'/ǁˀ/ǁg/ǁ̬/ǁh/ǁʰ/ǁn/ǁ̃/
ǁq/ǁ͡q/ǁq'/ǁ͡qʼ/ǁqh/ǁ͡qʰ/ǁx/ǁ͡χ/ǁx'/ǁ͡χʼ/ǂ/ǂ/ǂ'/ǂˀ/ǂg/ǂ̬/ǂh/ǂʰ/ǂn/ǂ̃/ǂq/ǂ͡q/
ǂq'/ǂ͡qʼ/ǂqh/ǂ͡qʰ/ǂx/ǂ͡χ/ǂx'/ǂ͡χʼ/ǃ/ǃ/ǃ'/ǃˀ/ǃg/ǃ̬/ǃh/ǃʰ/ǃn/ǃ̃/ǃq/ǃ͡q/ǃq'/ǃ͡qʼ/
ǃqh/ǃ͡qʰ/ǃx/ǃ͡χ/ǃx'/ǃ͡χʼ/ʘ/ʘ/ʘ'/ʘˀ/ʘg/ʘ̬/ʘh/ʘʰ/ʘn/ʘ̃/ʘq/ʘ͡q/ʘq'/ʘ͡qʼ/ʘqh/ʘ͡qʰ/
ʘx/ʘ͡χ/ʘx'/ʘ͡χʼ/g‼h/‼ʱ/g‼q/‼͡ɢ/g‼x/‼͡ʁ/gǀh/ǀʱ/gǀq/ǀ͡ɢ/gǀx/ǀ͡ʁ/gǁh/ǁʱ/gǁq/ǁ͡ɢ/gǁx/ǁ͡ʁ/
gǂh/ǂʱ/gǂq/ǂ͡ɢ/gǂx/ǂ͡ʁ/gǃh/ǃʱ/gǃq/ǃ͡ɢ/gǃx/ǃ͡ʁ/gʘh/ʘʱ/gʘq/ʘ͡ɢ/gʘx/ʘ͡ʁ/k/k/, [g]2l/ɺ/, [ɬ]3
m/m/n/n/n‼h/‼̥̃/nǀh/ǀ̥̃/nǁh/ǁ̥̃/nǂh/ǂ̥̃/nǃh/ǃ̥̃/nʘh/ʘ̥̃/p/p/, [b]4s/s/, [z]5t/t/, [ɾ]6
w/w/, [ɸ]7y/j/, [ɕ]8z[ʔ]9ŋ/ŋ/ġ/ᵑg/
✖ Unknown alphabetical order
  1. Between vowels
  2. Between vowels
  3. At the start of a word
  4. Between vowels
  5. Between vowels
  6. Between vowels
  7. Between vowels
  8. In clusters with plosives
  9. Inserted between vowels
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Typological information for Thawayan

Noun incorporationBoth
Marked tense (verb)No marked tense
Primary word orderNo set order
Morphological typologyPolysynthetic
Morphosyntactic alignmentErgative/Absolutive

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