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Wa Ñi
Wa Ñi
[wa ɲi]
Registered by dendana on 16 October 2016
+ shared with: Ngerupic
Language type Artistic Language (Artlang)
Species Human/humanoid
About Wa Ñi Wa Ñi is an a priori spoken in a tropical climate.

It has a complex tone system with just two tones and a smol sound system with tons of sonorants.

Wa Ñi verbs conjugate only for mood, which is accomplished through tone changes.

There are three noun class systems: a Niger-Congo-style system with 10 classes, an alienable/inalienable possession distinction, and an animacy/classifier distinction in the quantifiers.

Wa Ñi is also split-ergative in its pronouns.

Overall, it's a fun isolating language that might become a protolang at some point is a protolang.
Sample of Wa Ñi[view] Ta kwam ta, ta pin ta.

you reap what you sow
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Latest vocabulary
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Sound samples in Wa Ñi
Some sound samples of Wa Ñi. Maximum of 6 shown. Click the links to see the full texts.
Hè xòcid tì wa mwì řor řor, a xòcìdi tì hàwa hàrà.
You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.
Language family relationships
Language treeNgerupic
 ⤷  Oã' Ñi
  ⤷  Wa Ñi
[view] About NgerupicA large language family from the northern Big Continent of the Aay world / from former Sharkunen in Sahar.
Named for Wa Ñi ŋèrup(a) 'people'.
[view] Aay Only (Aay Only)Words specific to Wa Ñi's Aay-world setting.
[view] Non-Canonical Words (Non-Canonical Words)Silly, natlang, or wrong-climate words in Wa Ñi.
[view] Sahar Only (Sahar Only)Words specific to the Sahar setting.
Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialDentalAlveolarRetroflexPalatalLabio-
velar
VelarGlottalOther
Nasal m   n   ɲ   ŋ    
Plosive p   t ɖ     k ʔ  
Fricative   ð           h  
Lateral approximant     l ɭ         [ɫ]1
Approximant       ɻ j w      
Flap     ɾ            
  1. in free variation, allophone of /ɭ/
VowelsFrontCentralBack
Close i ì   u ù
Close-mid [e]1   [o]2
Mid   ə ə̀  
Open a à   ɑ̃ ɑ̃̀
  1. next to /j/ or /ɲ/, allophone of /ə/
  2. next to /w/, allophone of /ə/
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Wa Ñi. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 Wa ÑiOrthography
Aa/a/Àà/à/Cc/ð/Dd/ɖ/Ee/ə/, [e]1, [o]2Èè/ə̀/Hh/h/Ii/i/Ìì/ì/
Kk/k/Ll/l/Ľľ/ɭ/, [ɫ]3Mm/m/Nn/n/Ññ/ɲ/Ŋŋ/ŋ/Oo/ɑ̃/Òò/ɑ̃̀/
Pp/p/Rr/ɾ/Řř/ɻ/Tt/t/Uu/u/Ùù/ù/Ww/w/Xx/ʔ/Yy/j/
✔ Shown in correct order
  1. next to /j/ or /ɲ/
  2. next to /w/
  3. in free variation
Latest 8 related articles listed below.
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Lessons (1)
1Wa Ñi Lesson 1
Typological information for Wa Ñi

GendersOther
Inclusive/exclusive pronounsDistinct forms
Morphological typologyAnalytical
Morphosyntactic alignmentSplit Ergative
Polar question markingInverted word order

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