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Context Edit

A Germanic tribe, pushed first by Roman might, then by the incoming Goths, reaches the very heart of Asia in the 2nd century of the Christian era. Kingdoms will rise and fall, races will mix, and the language will take a certain slant too...

Utter loss of *Aryan fusional characteristics marks the language, profoundly Sinified to the point of adopting the monosyllabic structure of Sino-Tibetan languages - without tones, though - as China from time to time exerted direct or indirect domination of the land (VII-VIII c., XV-XVII c., XVIII-XIX c.) but most of all acted as an irresistible cultural magnet upon the country's literate and ruling classes, eager to find a model to oppose against the encroaching Central Asian Muslims. In time, with literacy slowly expanding, this has became the normalized language of the Haoguan Khanate, written both in a simplified adaptation of Chinese characters, reserved for the highest ritual uses and high culture, but mostly in an alphabet derived from Old Turkic and quite similar to Old Hungarian "runes", developed in a clerical script.

Basic numbers Edit

1 Nai

2 Hwai

3 Lai

4 Fer

5 Pihk

6 Zhek

7 Zhyn

8 Coh

9 Nøhk

10 Cehk

Phonology Edit

Consonants Edit


Bilabial Labio-dental Dental Alveolar Post-

alveolar

Palatal Velar Uvular Retroflex Glottal
Nasal m



n






Plosive p



t



k

g




Fricative


f

dh [ð]

s

z

x [ʃ]

sh [ç]


zh [ʐ]

h
Affricate


pf


c [ts]

dz

ch [tʃ]

gh [dʒ]






Approximant






j w




Trill











Flap or tap







rh

r


Lateral fric.











Lateral app.




l






Lateral flap











Vowels Edit


Front Near-front Central Near-back Back
High i ih

y [ü] yh




u uh
Near-high






High-mid

eh

ø øh




o oh
Mid



e [ə]



Low-mid





Near-low






Low a





Phonotactics Edit

The language doesn't allow syllable onset in "a". The permissible codas are -m, -n, -p-, -k, -ng (only in ancient words), -pf, -sh, -r, and all vocals, both short and long (those orthographically marked, in the Romanization, with the final h). Also, consonant clusters are frowned upon.

Example texts Edit

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.

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Cen føn de dho Pfa yrte, her-føn-wer Cute ohki zhe. Hwam-wer Cute menla zhe. Mehk-wer Cute cen-shin er-ni sjek cen-ni zhe. Yep-shu gei yr ide yrte cenli rhea, kwan-shu yrte zøi sjek yr kwan gei nawa tehte zøi, (To be continued)

Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

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