The Nelish language (natively Ngwikunghaiing [ŋʷi'kuŋ.hai:ŋ]) is a language isolate that is spoke by the Nelish tribe, (natively Ngwikunghakong [ŋʷi.kuŋ.ha'koŋ]).

Type Agglutinative
Alignment Nominative-Accusative
Head direction Final
Tonal No
Declensions Yes
Conjugations Yes
Genders No
Nouns decline according to...
Case Number
Definiteness Gender
Verbs conjugate according to...
Voice Mood
Person Number
Tense Aspect
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Creator Ashuzise

Classification and Dialects[]



Bilabial Dental Non-Retracted Alveolar Palatal Velar Labialized Velar Glottal
Nasal m n ŋ ŋʷ
Stop p, b t, d k, g kʷ, gʷ ʔ
Sibilant Fricative s, z
Non-Sibilant Fricate h
Approximant j ʍ, w
Lateral app. l


Front Back
High i, i: u, u:
High-mid o, o:
Low a, a:


-i -u
a aj aw
i iw
o oj ow
u uj
i- w-
a ja wa
i wi
o jo wo
u ju


  • (C)(C)(V)(V)(C).
  • Onset and Coda are optional.
  • Nucleus is obligatory.
  • Onset can be all consonants.
  • Only vowels are allowed in the Nucleus.
  • Coda must not be a labialized consonants, but /w/.
  • Coda can be any other consonant.
  • In a complex Onset, just the labialized consonants and the glottal stop aren't allowed as a first consonant.
  • In a complex Onset, just /w/ and /j/ are allowed to be the second consonant.
  • /ʔ/ only occur whenn two vowels that don't form a diphthong are in VV.

Writing System[]

Letter A B D G Gw H Hw I J K Kw L
Sound /a/ /b/ /d/ /g/ /gʷ/ /h/ /ʍ/ /i/ /j/ /k/ /kʷ/ /l/
Letter M N Ng Ngw O P S T U W Z '
Sound /m/ /n/ /ŋ/ ŋʷ// /o/ /p/ /s/ /t/ /u/ /w/ /z/ /ʔ/
  • Geminations are marked with doubled letters. I.e.: tt = /t:/.


Nelish is a Nominative-Accusative language primarily suffixing agglutinative language, and it has an object–verb–subject word order. The Nelish language has a number of unusual grammatical features, but it has an extremely regular morphology.

Word Order[]

Nelish follows a object–verb–subject word order. Adverbs usually go at the beginning of the sentence and prepositional phrases go before the object. Sentences can be treated as objects, and the word tu is placed after the sentence. Tu is treated as the object of the next sentence. The adverbs, indirect objects and locatives of the latter sentence go after the subject, but before the tu.

Ngwanisuttunaiingwi tu hwounghui

Ngwan-isuttunaii+ngwi + tu + hwo-unghui

You-ACC + to cry +continuity cell that I to see

I see that you are crying


Personal Pronouns[]

The personal pronouns decline as the noun in the very same way.

English Nelish
I Hwo
You (sing) Ngwa
He/She/It Ko
We Iho
You (plu) Oaha
They Goho

Interrogative Pronouns[]

English Nelish
What Ha
Who Hai
Which Ho
When Hi
Where Hu
Why Hiu
How Huui
How many Huia
How much Hoo

Relative Pronouns[]

English Nelish
That Tu
Whom Haiiun

Reflexive Pronoun[]

The relative pronoun is Hong and is used as the very same way that the -self is.

Indifinite Pronouns[]

English Nelish
Every/All Uha
Some Ahuu
Any Iihu
No Ohwa

In order to form the indefinite pronouns such as "Everyone" and "Something", it is needed to add the preffixes:

English Nelish
-body Ahuu
-one U
-thing Ihaa

Someone: Uahuu



The Hierarchy is set by the name of the types, so Type I is located near the root noun the the Type IV, as well, the suffix has a higher ground the the noun cases, that occur in last.

*() = If alone or before a vowel.

Type I: Size[]

This type has 3 suffixes:

  • The augmentative suffix -wi:

Angha: person - Anghawi: adult

  • The collective suffix -kong:

Angha: person - Anghakong: crowd

  • The diminutive suffix -aiw:

Angha: person - Anghaaiw: kid

Type II: Terms of endearment[]

This type has two suffixes:

  • The positive suffix -o:

Ohwu: Mother - Ohwuo: Mom or Mommy

  • The Negative suffix -maa:

Angha: person - Anghamaa: Bad person

Type III: Plural[]

This type has two suffixes

  • The Animate plural suffix -hwo:

Angha: person - Anghahwo': people

  • The Inanimate plural suffix -ngoo:

O: Rock - Ongoo: Rocks

Type IV: Possesion:[]
English Nelish
My -po
Your (sing) -do
His/Hers -ko
Our -pai
Your (plu) -dai
Their -kai
Type V: Determiners:[]
English Nelish
This (near speaker) -uhu
This (near listener) -uha
That -wija

Type VI: Definiteness:

This type has two suffixes:

  • The Indefinite suffix -ia:

O: Rock - Oia: A rock

  • The Definite suffix -ahoi

O: Rock - Oahoi: The rock

I.e.: Owiongoopouhuahoi: These (are) my dear big rocks.

Noun Cases[]

English Nelish
Adessive near the house -hu
Inessive in the house -hi
Subessive under the house -hau
Superessive on the top of the house -hoo
Ablative away from the house -ha
Delative from the surface of the house -hwun
Elative out of the house -hwaa
Allative to the house -hii
Illative into the house -hwaui
Temporal since 1997 -halu
Morphosyntatic Alignment
English Nelish
Nominative house -
Accusative I see her -n
Instrumental I am using the scissors -to
English Nelish
Benefactive for the house -hong
Causal because of the house -ung
Comitative with a house -ko
Dative to a house -ka
Genitive of the house -m
English Nelish
Abessive without a house -hwu
Adverbial as a house -jwu
Essive as the house (temporary state) -nwu
Comparative similar to the house -kwu


Conjugation of the verb Isuttunaii (to cry) in the present tense:

English Nelish
I cry Hwoisuttunaii
You cry Ngwaisuttunaii
He cries Koisuttunaii
We cry Ihoisuttunaii
You cry Oahaisuttunaii
They cry Gohoisuttunaii

The present tense is made by Pronoun+infinitive.

Perfective Imperfective Progressive
Present -hu -na
Past -ngwi -ngwihu -ngwina
Future -ngwohi -ngwohihu -ngwohina
Indicative Subjuntive Imperative
- -isu -isitu
  • To make an adjetive, it is needed to add the preffix guhu-.
  • To make a noun, it is needed to add the preffix kunghu-.



Example text[]

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1:[]

In English:[]

  • All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

In Nelish:[]

  • Tohaiihunihi ka hunnikuiihunihi, tu hatonohan ka toohangwihan gohotonuhiingwi uha anghahwo.