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Old Kumasi
Shonto Kumai
[ʂontʰo kumaj]
Registered by Isfendil on 30 March 2017
Language type A posteriori
Species Human/humanoid
About Old Kumasi Old Kumasi is the founder of a branch of Oryene (IE) languages native to Telaria. It is a satəm language sitting on the very border between the two, and also has an alveopalatal and retroflex distinction similar to that of Mandarin Chinese. The Kumai, like many of their fellow Oryani migrants, were nomadic pastoralists who, when moving into Telaria, adopted sedentary agriculture as it produced a great deal more food for them to support their large beasts. Them introducing large draft animals for farming did not necessarily hurt their reputation among the natives either. Some Kumasi crossed back over the mountains and made it on the Eastern Steppe, slowly growing in prominence until they would end up carving out a name for themselves as one of its most fearsome folk.
The Kumasi language's phonology has undergone a series of extreme simplifications, specifically with phonotactics (not necessarily with phonemes and allophones of the language themselves). Syllables in the standard register of the language all tend to end in a nasal, liquid, or vowel - partly due to dropping and simplification that occurred during the trek over the mountains. Old Kumasi/Kumai has extant documents written both in the shepherd's script, the Edyssian Script, and the Telo-Daorian syllabary, which make phonological reconstruction of the language almost childishly easy.
Sample of Old KumasiCan't find any yet.
Latest vocabulary
ponlaadjstrange
kålvsummon
domïnnmouth
Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialAlveolarRetroflexAlveolo-
palatal
PalatalLabio-
velar
VelarOther
Nasal m n [ɳ]1 [ȵ]2     [ŋ]3  
Plosive b d [ʈʰ]4 [ɖ]5 [ȶʰ]6 [d̂]7     [k̠]8 kʰ g [g̠]9  
Fricative ɸ s z ʂ ɕ     x [x̠]  
Affricate     ʈʂʰ ɖʐ t͡ɕʰ d͡ʑ        
Lateral approximant   l [ɭ]10 [ȴ]11        
Approximant   [ɹ]12 ɻ   j w   [ɥ]
  1. allophone of /n/
  2. allophone of /n/
  3. allophone of /n/
  4. allophone of /tʰ/
  5. allophone of /d/
  6. allophone of /tʰ/
  7. allophone of /d/
  8. allophone of /kʰ/
  9. allophone of /g/
  10. allophone of /l/
  11. allophone of /l/
  12. allophone of /ɻ/
VowelsFrontNear-
front
CentralNear-
back
Back
Close i   ɨ   u
Near-close   ɪ   ʊ  
Close-mid e        
Mid     ə  
Open-mid ɛ        
Open     ä    
Polyphthongs ai au ow ej oi
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Old Kumasi. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 Old KumasiOrthography
Aa/ə/AI ai/ai/AO ao/au/Bb/b/CH ch/ʈʂʰ/Dd/d/Ee/e/EI ei/ej/Ff/ɸ/Gg/g/
Ii/i/Jj/d͡ʑ/Kk/kʰ/, [k̠]Ll/l/Mm/m/Nn/n/NG ng[ŋ]Oo/o̞/OI oi/oi/OU ou/ow/
Pp/pʰ/Qq/x/Rr/ɻ/Ss/s/SH sh/ʂ/Tt/tʰ/TX tx/t͡ɕʰ/Uu/u/Ww/w/Xx/ɕ/
Yy/j/Zz/z/ZH zh/ɖʐ/Åå/ä/Êê/ɛ/Îî/ɪ/Ïï/ɨ/Ûû/ʊ/Ÿÿ[ɥ]
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    Typological information for Old Kumasi

    Adposition head-directionalityHead final
    Copula droppingPresent tense only
    Morphological typologyAgglutinative

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