|Name: Coastal Eastern Ktarh
Type: Synthetic, Agglutinative
Head Direction: Initial
Number of genders: 3
General[edit | edit source]
This article describes the traditional coastal eastern variety of Kti. In recent times, the dialect has been watered down severely, resulting in more adherence to standard peninsular Tanarh Kti.
Coastal Eastern Ktarh is a rather conservative dialect, defined by its maintenance of the proto-Ktarh system of /*r *l *ʂ/, reflected as /r n ʂ/ unlike standard Ktarh which had shifted them to /ʃ r ʃ/, or the basilectic Tanarh shift to /r/ without distinction.
Coastal Eastern Ktarh is spoken along most of the Kæ'nari coastline, as most speakers of the dialect had fled the peninsula after the third Dnarh war.
Phonology[edit | edit source]
Vowels[edit | edit source]
There are eight cardinal vowels (A E U Y I O Ø Æ) each representing one cardinal phonemic value of /ɑ ɛ u y i ɔ œ æ/ and each having two lengths that have minimal pairs and allophonic variants depending on position.
|Height||High||i (i)||i: (ī)||u (u)||u: (ū)|
|y (y)||y: (ȳ)|
|Mid||ɛ (e)||ɛ: (ē)||ɔ (o)||ɔ: (ō)|
|œ (ø)||œ: (ø̄)|
|Low||æ (æ)||æ: (ǣ)||ɑ (a)||ɑ: (ā)|
Consonants[edit | edit source]
There are 14 cardinal consonants (Š, S, Z, Ž, K, T, D, Ð, H, M, N, Ŋ, R, ' ). They are distributed unevenly along five points of articulation, labial, alveolar, retroflex, velar and glottal.
( ' )
|Fricative||s (s)||z (z)
|ʂ (š)||ʐ (ž)||x (h)|