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| Kúúmi |
|Nouns decline according to...|
|Verbs conjugate according to...|
Classification and DialectsEdit
|Plosive||p b||t d||k g||q gh|
|Flap or tap||(r)|
|Mid||e e:||o o:|
All vowels have both long and short versions AND each of those has high, mid, and low tones. Using all of the combinations, there are 30 vowels. This means that there are 540 syllable combinations.
All of the pure syllables (1 syllable items) are either nouns, postpositions, or affixes.
In order to make a verb, you take a noun or other lexcat and attach an obligatory tense marker and an optional mood marker.
S (io) V O
Postpositional phrases can go next to the phrase they describe, but otherwise there is a specific order. It is the common SVO order, but interestingly, the indirect object always comes before the verb. The language is at a crossroads. All of its descendents are SOV, so it is about halfway there.
Kúúkúú já bùùghátiifa ngúgha túú xògha, sùù dìì túú qá dìì. Mu ghátiifa àsò túú gísò pì. Ghúúfajee kúú já xé rígha dìì.
People=TOT life-gift-PASS-VPR freedom-QUA and equality-QUA, honor=ADV and nature=ADV. They.3p gift-PASS-VPR thought-ACT and know-ACT=REF. Treatment-VPR-OBL person=TOT=to friend-QUA=ADV
All people are born, free and equal, according to dignity and rights. They are given thinking and self knowing. They should act to everyone with friendiness.
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.