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Alowaysian (native name: Alouweisi-ngai; IPA: alo̞ʊ̯we̞ɪ̯siŋaɪ̯) is the official and only language on the fictional world of Alowaysis (native name: Alowaysi-seo; IPA: alo̞ʊ̯we̞ɪ̯sisə̥). Despite it being the only surviving language on the world, it has many different dialects and accents, affecting the mutual intelligibility. However, pretty much every Alowaysian inhabitant can understand Standard Alowaysian.
Phonology[edit | edit source]
|Labial||Central Alveolar||Lateral Alveolar||Alveolo-palatal||Palatal||Retroflex||Velar||Glottal|
|Plosive||p pʰ b||t tʰ d||k kʰ g|
|Fricative||f v||s z||ɕ||h|
- Whether initial /r/ is pronounced [ɻ] or [r] depends on the dialect and accent of the speaker; [ɻ] is considered standard, however even then it can be in free variation with [r], especially in consonant clusters and rapid speech.
- [ɻ] is an allophone of [l] in syllable-final position (note that syllable-final [r] is not possible, even in dialects where it is a common sound). This means that in syllable coda, /r/ and /l/ are always pronounced the same.
- Plosive consonants each come in a pair of 3: voiced, unvoiced and aspirated.
- The only consonants that can occur in syllable coda are nasals, unvoiced unaspirated plosives and the retroflex approximant [ɻ].
- The only consonant clusters that are allowed are unvoiced unaspirated plosive+rhotic, and only in syllable onset position. Therefore, the only consonant clusters in Alowaysian are [kɻ],[pɻ] and [tɻ] (though the retroflex approximant is often realized as a trill; see above).
- [ɪ] is an allophone of [i] when before [ŋ], but only when it occurs in syllable coda. When [ŋ] is in the onset of the next syllable, the allophony rule does not apply.
- The schwa [ə] becomes unvoiced in final unstressed open syllables, making it seem like there are more syllable coda options than there actually are. This process is not reflected in spelling, and it's not really considered a separate phoneme. This process is similar to the unvoicing of /i/ and /u/ in Japanese.
- [i] and [ɪ] cannot occur after [j], and [ʉ] cannot occur after [w].
Phonotactics[edit | edit source]
Syllable structure in Alowaysian is C(R)VC.
Orthography[edit | edit source]
Note: As the Alowaysian alphabet is still under construction, the romanized spelling is used in this section.
Many letters in the Alowaysian romanized alphabet are written the same as their IPA counterparts. The ones that aren't, or that can vary in sound, are written in the tables below.
|i||i, ɪ, -ɪ̯|
Grammar[edit | edit source]
Note: this section is still WIP. Therefore it is not properly sorted yet. This will get better as I work more on the language.
When nouns become multiple, the suffix -rak is added. When the final syllable ends in a consonant or a diphthong, these will be removed. If the final syllable's onset has an /r/ in it (whether alone or in a cluster), the suffix becomes -lak instead (this is done for ease of pronunciation). This is reflected in spelling.
Vocabulary[edit | edit source]
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