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SJW English

SJW English
Type Analytic (tending fusional)
Alignment Nominative-Accusative
Head direction Initial
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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SJW English, otherwise known as SJW or Postmodern American English, is a loosely standardized descendant of Modern English based on the written language of Canada in the early 2000s and the spoken language of the North American West Coast and Rocky Mountain area in the late 2000s.

Classification

Postmodern American English may or may not be different enough from Modern English to constitute a different language. There have been multiple mergers (den-then, gout-goat, fear-fire) and sound shifts (the simplification of long diphthongs being one) which make them sound very obviously different.

The pronominal system has shifted, due to having a pronoun specifically for non-binary people and one specifically for people whose gender is not known.

There has been an influx of vocabulary from Spanish, Vietnamese, and other marginal languages.

Phonology

Consonants

Bilabial Labio-dental Alveolar Post-alveolar Palatal Velar
Nasal m n ŋ
Plosive p t k
b d g
Fricative f s ʃ [ʃʷ] x [xʷ]
v z ʒ [ʒʷ]
Affricate t͡s t͡ʃ [t͡ʃʷ]
d͡z d͡ʒ [d͡ʒʷ]
Approximant /r/ [ɹ̠ʷ] j w
l [lˠ]

The post-alveolar sounds (/ʃ/, /ʒ/, /t͡ʃ/, /d͡ʒ/, /r/), /l/, /x/, and /w/ cause rounding in adjacent consonants.

Vowels

Front Near-front Central Near-back Back
High i [i ~ y] u [ɯ ~ u]
Near-high ɪ [ɪ ~ ʏ]
High-mid e [e ~ ø] o [ɤ ~ o]
Mid ə [ɐ ~ ə]
Low-mid ɛ [ɛ ~ œ] ɔ [ʌ ~ ɔ]
Near-low
Low a

The post-alveolar sounds (/ʃ/, /ʒ/, /t͡ʃ/, /d͡ʒ/, /r/), /l/, /x/, and /w/, as well as any rounded sounds, cause rounding in adjacent vowels.

Phonotactics

The phonotactics of this language have not changed much.

The syllable structure is (C1)(C2)(C3)V(C4)(C5)(C6).


Writing System

The writing system appears similar to Modern English at first, but it masks phonological shifts and grammatical differences. Also, spelling conforms to the British English standard rather than American English (i.e. colour instead of color).

Varied Uses of the Grapheme <x>

The usage of the grapheme x has expanded from its use in Modern English.

The usage of x in a word, especially to replace the graphemes:

  • <cts>
  • <ks>
  • <s>
  • <ts>
  • <z>

implies a heterogeneity of thought connected to different experiences and identities.

This leads to words like "folx" (people who have different viewpoints due to their life experiences/identities) "fax" (facts bolstered by one's identity and experiences), "(different) walx" (essentially the same as "different walks of life", but with an emphasis on diversity of viewpoint).

However, because English doesn't have a dedicated grapheme for /ə/, x is sometimes used, especially in phonetic transcription of foreign words.

Numbers

Misspelling is discouraged. Therefore, people sometimes deliberately misspell words if they cannot spell them.

For example, if someone doesn't know how to spell "communication" /kiwn'kɪʃn/ [ky(w)ŋ'(k)ʏʃn], they can deliberately misspell it and put a number in it ("c4ng1t10n", "cue1nXshxn") and people can extrapolate what they are trying to say from context

Grammar

Example Words

communication - communication /kiwn'kɪʃn/ [kyŋ'kʏʃn ~ kyw'ŋʏʃn]

privilege - privilege /'prɛ.vɪld͡ʒ/ ['fʷɹ̠ʷœ.vɪlˠd͡ʒʷ]

Example text

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