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Nordhema
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Words of 1500
Creator Robin Christopher


Classification and DialectsEdit

PhonologyEdit

ConsonantsEdit

Bilabial Labio-dental Dental Alveolar Post-alveolar Velar Uvular Glottal
Nasal m n
Plosive t, d
Fricative β f, v θ s ʃ, ʒ k, x h
Affricate p, b d̪ð ɢʁ ɾ
Lateral App. l

VowelsEdit

Front Central Back
High i, iʴ u
High-mid e
Mid
Low-mid ɔʴ
Near-low ɐ
Low äʴ

Two additional vowel compounds, /aʊ/ and /ääʴ/, are considered distinct and represented with their own written symbols.

PhonotacticsEdit

Writing System (Norchire)Edit

HegHau (consonant signs)
Head Flag Turning Tail Flag Hea Flags Name Sound (NYTR1) Represents
Tain t tree
Dan d stone hill
Dhuro d̪ð (dh) loam hill
Shu ʃ (sh) waterfall
Sut s geyser
Thuro θ (th) rapids
Zhau ʒ (zh) illel2
Pau p hand
Bo b frog
Bhuno β (bh) dancing frog3
Vahe v dancer
Affa f foot / messenger
Maha m ram
Nain n valley
Kor k (k or c) tower
Chado x (ch) breached tower
Ghuvo ɢʁ (gh) ghuvo flower4
Rhu ɾ (r or rh) tiger5
Lu l (l or ll) tongue / laughter
OgHau (vowel signs)
Hey e 6
Hadi ɐ (a)
Hodi o̞ (o)
Hidi i
Hudi u
Hau aʊ (au)
Hiri iʴ (ir)
Ori ɔʴ (or)
Ari äʴ (ar)
  1. Romanization as per the New York Times Manual of Style and Usage, given where it differs from the IPA representation.
  2. A species of nonhuman intelligent beings. The Zhau sound exists in Nordhema only through words borrowed from illelli languages.
  3. This symbol was introduced to represent the /β/ used by speakers of the "crude" Mountain Dialect -- accustomed to the sound /b/ -- to approximate the /v/ of the "elegant" River Dialect. Implying comparison to a dull bullfrog trying to mimic a graceful dancer, Bhuno amounts to an ancient political joke tucked into the alphabet.
  4. Abundant, wide-ranging flowering plants closely similar to the orchid family.
  5. Bones and other evidence show that a large feline species lived in AnortHea as recently as 3000 years ago. In local culture the tiger carries legendary and mystical status comparable to the dragon in Earthly myth.
  6. Early sources are contradictory over whether the OgHau were arbitrary creations, or had original pictorial meanings that went unrecorded.

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