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Riyan [RYN]
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Registered by kwiatowa on 18 February 2015
Language type A priori
Place & SpeakersSpoken in: RiyanaOfficial MerelandOfficial LugidaMinority Qonklese FederationMinority United Republic of ZaizungMinority
Species Human/humanoid
About Riyan Riyan is the main language spoken by the people of Riyana (Riana), in Soltenna (Solténna). It is an a priori language with a celtic-inspired orthography and vaguely celtic and romance inspired grammar.

10 Random grammar facts
  • The word order is VSO
  • Nouns decline for 9 cases (nominative, accusative, genitive, dative, locative, lative, ablative, causal, translative), 3 genders (masculine, feminine and neuter) and 2 numbers (singular and plural).
  • Verbs conjugate for tense (past, non-past, distant past), person and number (1S, 2S, 3S, 1P, 2P, 3P), and mood (indicative, subjunctive, conditional). There are also participle forms for all tenses.
  • Most adverbs can be formed with the word ad followed by the equivalent adjective.
  • Personal pronouns decline for person, number, gender and case.
  • The Riyan language is totes amazing
  • The previous statement wasn't technically a grammar fact.
  • Neuter and masculine nouns are made plural through vowel changes.
  • You didn't realise that there were only 9 bullet points.

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to read about Riyan. Feel free to browse my articles, lessons, dictionary, etc to find out more and do message me if you have any queries! :)
Sample of Riyan[view] Ichlúid 3s ab-[bals] [balc], bh[exp] [mim] ár [hic] meth ad gadidh siaomgenúid 3s ualgam.

She stood upon the balustraded balcony, inexplicably mimicking his hiccupping whilst amicably welcoming him in.
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Language family relationships
[view] Bhúcárianyd (Mainland Riyan)Mainland Riyan is spoken to the west of the mountains on the mainland of Riyana, usually outside of more populated areas which have their own dialects.
[view] Esgoryd (Merish Riyan)This is the dialect of Riyan spoken in parts of Mereland. There is significant modern Xynder influence, as well as historic Merish influence.
[view] Siaoridh (Siaoric Riyan)Siaoridh is the dialect spoken in Siaor, far northern Riyana. It's often considered one of the most rural and diverse dialects.
[view] Deonrianyd (West Riyan)This is the dialect spoken in most of the western parts of the Riyan peninsula.
Nasal m     n          
Plosive p b     t d       k g  
Fricative   f v ð s ʃ ʝ   [x]1 h
Affricate         t͡ʃ d͡ʒ        
Lateral approximant       l          
Approximant           [j]2 [w]3    
Trill       r          
  1. word-finally, allophone of /x/
  2. Word-initially before a vowel, allophone of /ɪ/
  3. Word-initally before a vowel, allophone of /ʊ/
Close     ɨ    
Near-close   ɪ ʏ   ʊ  
Close-mid e       o
Open-mid ɛ       ɔ
Near-open æ        
Open a       ɑ
Below is the orthography for Riyan. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
Aa/a/Áá/ɑ/Éé/ɛ/Úú/o/Bb/b/BH bh/v/Cc/k/CH ch/h/Dd/d/
DH dh/ð/Ee/e/Ff/f/Gg/g/Ii/ɪ/, [j]1Ll/l/Mm/m/Nn/n/Oo/ʊ/
Pp/p/PH ph/f/Rr/r/Ss/s/, /ʃ/Tt/t/TH th/ð/Uu/ɨ/, [w]2Vv/v/Yy/ʏ/
✖ Unknown alphabetical order
  1. Word-initially before a vowel
  2. Word-initally before a vowel
Latest 8 related articles listed below.
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Lessons (3)
1Basic Riyan: Lesson 1
2Basic Riyan: Lesson 2
3Basic Riyan: Lesson 3
Typological information for Riyan

Noun-adjective orderNoun first
Primary word orderVSO
Marked tense (verb)Other

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