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Byrdlandic is the language spoken by the people of Marie Byrd Land and several other Antarctic territories which started being developed in the mid 1950s when Antarctic expeditions began to become more common. The script of Byrdlandic is predominantly Latin, with a splash of Cyrillic and other scripts.  

Most of the sounds of this language are of low sonority (loudness). This is because sounds of high sonority require the speaker to open their mouths more, and in Antarctica, it's a good idea to have less of your body exposed to the cold. Ejectives are also common in the language, because they reduce risk of dehydration via not wasting breath, and thus, water vapor.

Classification and DialectsEdit

The dialect spoken in houses near Mount Sidley has slightly more sonorous sounds than the other dialects because the temperature is a bit warmer, and thus, sounds don't have to be as nonsonorous. The Hobbs coast dialect has even more sonorous sounds, because it's even more warm there.


Consonants Edit

As mentioned previously, Byrdlandic prefers nonsonorous, short ejectives because they are advantageous in the cold. The /n/ sound is an exception simply because it’s an extremely common sound, appearing in most languages. All fricatives have aspirated counterparts, along with stops, and with the exception of /p/ whose aspirated version is virtually /f/. /ɓ/ is released laterally to reduce exposure.

Labial Dental Alveolar Post-alveolar Palatal Velar Uvular Glottal
Stop /p/, /b/, /ɓ/ /d/ /t/ /ɟ/ /ɡ/, /k/ /ʔ/
Fricative /f/, /v/ /θ/ /s/ /ʃ/ /ɣ/ /h/
Affricate /tʃ/, /dʒ/
Nasal /m/ /n/ /ŋ/
Liquid /ɾ/, /r/ /j/ /w/¹
Ejective /p’/ /t̪θʼ/ /t'/ /q'/

1 Found in Sidley dialect

2 Found in Hobbs coast dialect


Front Near-front Central Near-back Back
High /u/
Mid /e/, /œ̝/ /ə/ /o/
Low-mid /ɔ/
Near-low /ɐ/2

As for dipthongs, all combinations excluding /o/ and

1 Found in Sidley dialect

2 Found in Hobbs coast dialect

Phonotactics Edit

Letter Restrictions Edit

These include:

  1. Two instances of /ɐ/ cannot cluster together to form a de facto /a/ sound.
  2. /ɣ/ cannot form a consonant cluster with any other consonants.


Byrdlandic is a CVC language and allows the majority consonants as codas, with the exceptions of dialect-specific consonants, ejectives, /ɓ/, /ɣ/

Romanization and Writing SystemEdit

As previously mentioned, the script of Byrdlandic is mostly Latin, as the majority of the first researchers who established settlements in Mary Byrd Land already spoke a Latin-script language. Each letter, has an uppercase and lowercase form, but the lowercase form is slightly more like small capitals due to some of Cyrillic being mixed in with the script. Several aspirated and dipthong variants (usually marked with an Old English/Norse equivalent) can also be found coming from the Indo-Iranian languages.

Uppercase Letter

Ā* E È O
Lowercase Letter ā* e è o
Sound /ɐ/ /e/ /œ̝/ /ɔ/
Uppercase Letter
Lowercase Letter
Uppercase Letter
Lowercase Letter

* = dialect only






Example textEdit

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