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|Genders||masculine, feminine, and "superfeminine"|
|Nouns decline according to...|
|Verbs conjugate according to...|
|Creator||Sushi The Cat|
Liuri (lɯ-ri) is the most common language of the fictional country of "no Rim" (ngo rim). It is a VSO language that uses a modified form of the Latin Alphabet. Because it was primarily oral, it is not incredibly dialectical.
Classification and DialectsEdit
The continent Liuri originated from, ce Gaǹ (pronounced "shay yawn", literally "our land"), was relatively small and inhabited by relatively few countries. Thus, Liuri has relatively few dialects. The extent to which "n" is pronounced /ŋ/ varies, generally becoming less intense and more like /n/ in the East. Furthermore, as one gets farther south one sees the "g" being pronounced as /ʒ/ in certain words. For example, "Rigndan" (king) is normally pronounced [ri-jen-daŋ], but would be pronounced [ri-ʒen-daŋ] by some southerners. Talking speed is also dialectical, with southerners swallowing whole syllables at a time.
Liuri was primarily oral before the introduction of the Latin Alphabet. There were several competing standards for written Liuri; they were replaced when Nno Rim westernized under the rule of Rigendan Diu Gecin.
|Sound||/m/||/ŋ/||/n/||/o/||/p/||/r/||/s/ or /z/||/t/||/u/||/v/||/ʧ/|
Note that "r" is pronounced like English l, but with Japanese tonguing. It is a quick flick of the tongue rather than a heavy American r.
Some notes on combinations of letters:Edit
- "ts" is a common cluster pronounced intuitively.
- "mn" is pronounced /mn/ as opposed to /mŋ/. Note that this cluster is fairly rare.
- "gn" is actually its own syllable, prounounced like the English word "yin". Thus, "Rigndan" has three syllables.
- "iu" is pronounced /ɯ/ like the Turkish dotless i.
- "ai" is pronounced /ʌɪə/, like the vowel in the English word "ice".
- "xh" is pronounced like the ch in the German word "ich". Note that the letter x by itself is rare, and the xh combination, although uncommon, is slightly less rare than x alone. It can be found in the second-person possessive pronoun "xhe(r)" or in the name of the city Xhanxe (xhawn-tchay).
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Nouns have three genders: masculine (elerac), feminine (rigarac), and "hyperfeminine" (os rigarac, literally "strong female"). The hyperfeminine is so named because it is almost the same as the feminine gender, save a few minor changes.
The distinction between the genders is shown in pronouns and plurals. All nouns with strange or irregular plurals are hyperfeminine (although not all hyperfeminine nouns are strange or irregular).
Note that in Liuri there is no distinction made for plurality. That is, "I" and "we" would be indistinguishable. In the rare case that a distinction must be made for clarity or effect, the noun is