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Deinau [DEJ]
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Registered by xroooox on 28 May 2015
Language type Artistic Language (Artlang)
Place & SpeakersDeinau is spoken in Tnaaq.
Species Human/humanoid
About Deinau Deinau is a language spoken in Tnaaq, on the Nousian territories. It belongs to the East Vajusan branch of the Vajusan language family. It is a very conservative language in its phonology, retaining the 10 vowels developed since the split and few phonological changes. The morphology has been reworked, though, and both nouns and verbs have become more inflected.
Some features:
  • It is a SOV, tripartite language, mostly dependent-marking.
  • It has 10 short and 6 long vowels. The long vowels are currently pronounced as diphthongs. There is also a vowel harmony system that controls the backness of vowels within a word, and a disharmony system that rules over highness. Some suffixes have special harmony rules.
  • There are 17 consonants that can be at syllable onsets and 6 at the coda. There is an aspirated-plane contrast in plosives and friccatives. A lateral friccative is present in some dialects. This aspiration contrast is neutralized in codas. The coronals have consonant harmony, and there can be jut dentals or retroflex in a word, determined by the first coronal to appear.
  • Its nouns are inflected for 4 numbers and 4 cases by suffixes and tone. There is also a definiteness system of prefixes that also show noun class, these come from older classifiers. Must nouns can't come without their prefix, and the few that can only do so in noun incorporation.
  • The verb stem affixes and tone depend on transitivity. Verbs are inflected for four numbers with suffixes and 3rd-non3rd person with tone position. There is a system of modality suffixes that comes from older auxiliaries and sometimes codes a past-non past distinction. The declarative also codes perfective-imperfective aspect.
  • Pronouns have a clusivity contrast, and the 3 persons in singular, paucal and plural. The only proper pronoun paradigm is in the absolutive case, pronouns for other cases are actually relational nouns (or conjugated prepositions?)
Sample of Deinau[view] Pál ·nàśoldanga súg ábgati ·ŋlò súsga, ·náśoldan ólmu ·mok, ·ri súg ómu.

I would have gone to where I should have gone, had I had the time, but I couldn't have had the time, so I didn't go.
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[view] madaana (Daan)Spoken in the region of the gulf, south of Nousdutu and surrounded by Tnaaqian languages.
Phonological cluster simplification, verbal morphology also changes. Nouns have fewer classes.
Nasal m   ɳ [ɲ]1 ŋ  
Plosive p [ʰp]2 pʰ [b]3 t̪ [ʰt̪]4 t̪ʰ [d̪]5   ʈ [ʰʈ]6 ʈʰ [ɖ]7 [c]8 [ʰc]9 [cʰ]10 [ɟ]11 k [ʰk]12 kʰ [g]13  
Fricative [ɸ]14 [θ]15 s [ʰs]16 sʰ [z]17 ʂ [ʰʂ]18 ʂʰ [ʐ]19 [ç]20 [x]21  
Lateral approximant     l [ɭ]22     [ɫ]23
Approximant       [ɻ]24      
Flap     [ɾ]25        
  1. with front vowels, allophone of /ŋ/
  2. allophone of /pʰ/
  3. allophone of /p/
  4. allophone of /t̪ʰ/
  5. allophone of /t̪/
  6. allophone of /ʈʰ/
  7. allophone of /ʈ/
  8. with front vowels, allophone of /k/
  9. allophone of /kʰ/
  10. allophone of /kʰ/
  11. with front vowels, allophone of /k/
  12. allophone of /kʰ/
  13. allophone of /k/
  14. allophone of /pʰ/
  15. allophone of /t̪ʰ/
  16. allophone of /sʰ/
  17. allophone of /s/
  18. allophone of /ʂʰ/
  19. allophone of /ʂ/
  20. with front vowels, allophone of /kʰ/
  21. allophone of /kʰ/
  22. allophone of /l/
  23. allophone of /l/
  24. allophone of /ʈ/
  25. allophone of /l/
Close i i: [í]1 y y: [ý] ɯ ɯ: ɯ̂ [ɯ́]2 u u: û [ú]3
Close-mid e ê [é]4 ø ø̂ [ǿ]5 ɤ ɤ̂ [ɤ́]6 o ô [ó]7
Near-open æ æ: æ̂ [ǽ]8  
Open   ɑ ɑ: ɑ̂ [ɑ́]9
  1. allophone of /i/
  2. allophone of /ɯ/
  3. allophone of /u/
  4. allophone of /e/
  5. allophone of /ø/
  6. allophone of /ɤ/
  7. allophone of /o/
  8. allophone of /æ/
  9. allophone of /ɑ/
Below is the orthography for Deinau. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
Aa/ɑ/AA aa/ɑ:/·//Bb/p/Cc/g/Dd/t̪/, [t̪]Ee/ɤ/Gg/k/, [k]Ii/ɯ/
II ii/ɯ:/Kk/kʰ/Ll/l/Mm/m/Nn/n̪/Oo/o/Pp/pʰ/Rr/ɳ/Ss/s/
Tt/t̪ʰ/Uu/u/UU uu/u:/Zz/ʂ/Ŋŋ/ŋ/Śś/sʰ/Ŧŧ/ʈʰ/Źź/ʂʰ/Đđ/ʈ/, [ʈ]
✖ Unknown alphabetical order
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    Typological information for Deinau

    Morphosyntactic alignmentTripartite
    Primary word orderSOV
    Verb agreementNone

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