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Ulyan
Ulyan
[uljan]*
Registered by juxlus on 7 May 2016
Language type Artistic Language (Artlang)
Species Human/humanoid
About Ulyan When the Iya created the artificial world Ulya (or Ulia) they also made, or brought from elsewhere, the language Ulyan. It was the original, and at first only language of Ulya. As the language used by the Iya it has a kind of official or even sacred status.

Other languages of Ulya are related to Ulyan to one degree or another.  Mraupsian is a closely related descendent that was created by the Iya Mrogatadak.  Periphery is somewhat related and evolved from Ulyan naturally among humans, as is  Vlekic. Other languages of Ulya include  Xiqwa and  Lulian, neither of which derived from Ulyan. Xiqwa was created by the Iya Jgikwïxevek for secret purposes. Lulian is spoken by the Lul. Its origins are unknown.

Ulyan is a mostly fusional, somewhat polysynthetic language. It inflects for five cases, four persons, and four numbers. Verbs are conjugated for four tenses, six aspects, four evidentials, and eleven moods. Pronouns can be incorporated directly into the verb as affixes. Adjectives can be inflected into five degrees of comparison or degree (more, less, most, least, and equal). There are various ways to create new words via derivational affixes, compounding, noun incorporation, etc. Ulyan has a variety of interjections, some of which are similar to "procedure words" used in radio communications.

Word order is generally VSO, but can be somewhat free. Within clauses word order tends to be head-initial, although relative clauses tend to be placed before their referents.
Sample of Ulyan[view] Tsa usogenk a djav iv kolckuazli djipid kai vrïdauk myenid zveisdo jlortc iodmo tsa fusomlis drurdo dra dzantdo ivwa.

This kind creature with the sharp fangs builds a tower to the sun and loves his wife and child.
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Language family relationships
Language treeIya-ulia
 ⤷ Iyan
  ⤷  Ulyan
[view] About Iya-uliaMacro-family for all languages of the created world Ulya (or ulia). The main languages, such as ULY (Ulyan), MRP (Mraupsian), PPH (Periphery), VLE (Tekuuna), and XQW (Xiqwa), der...
Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialLabio-
dental
DentalAlveolarPost-
Alveolar
PalatalLabio-
velar
VelarUvularGlottal
Nasal m     n            
Plosive p b     t d       k g    
Fricative   f v θ s z ʃ ʒ     x [χ]1 [h]2
Affricate       t͡s d͡z t͡ʃ d͡ʒ          
Lateral approximant       l            
Approximant       ɹ   j w      
Trill       [r]3            
Flap       [ɾ]4            
  1. allophone of /x/
  2. allophone of /x/
  3. allophone of /ɹ/
  4. allophone of /ɹ/
VowelsFrontNear-
front
Near-
back
Back
Close i     u
Near-close   ɪ ʊ  
Close-mid       o
Open-mid ɛ      
Open a      
Polyphthongs ɛi au oi
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Ulyan. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 UlyanOrthography
Aa/a/Bb/b/Cc/ʃ/Dd/d/DJ dj/d͡ʒ/DZ dz/d͡z/Ee/ɛ/Ff/f/Gg/g/Ïï/ɪ/Ii/i/
Jj/ʒ/Kk/k/Ll/l/Mm/m/Nn/n/Oo/o/Pp/p/Rr/ɹ/, [ɾ], [r]Ss/s/Tt/t/TC tc/t͡ʃ/
TH th/θ/TS ts/t͡s/Üü/ʊ/Uu/u/Vv/v/Ww/w/Xx/x/, [χ]Yy/j/Zz/z/
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    Typological information for Ulyan

    Morphosyntactic alignmentNominative/Accusative
    Number of nominal casesFive cases
    Number of pronominal casesFive cases
    Primary word orderVSO
    Marked person (verb)1st/2nd/3rd/4th persons

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