| Magralgarlu (Ethnonym)|
Pilrikitirlmwarlgogeylu ("This language")
|Alignment||Noun incorporation by infixing|
|Nouns decline according to...|
|Verbs conjugate according to...|
|Creator||Callum Cooper Nissen|
Phonology and OrthographyEdit
The consonantal inventory is relatively small, consisting only of sonorant, plosive, and affricate consonants with the exception of h which is replaced by ʕ in formal registers. There is no voicing distinction. Although semivowels are used, their syntactic behavior is incorperated into those of vowels and not those of other consonants.
Magralgarlu has a normal inventory of monophthongs, consisting of i, e, a, o, u, with English pronunciations thereof. Polyphthongs are generally more varied in pronunciation. When initiating or terminating a polyphthong, semivowels w and y are written as o and e respectively and may be pronounced thereas depending on the vowels consonants that border the polyphthong. An initial or terminal y is written as i if proceeding or following e. i is generally written as e in polyphthongs unless there is an ɛ, written as e, in the same polyphthong. u is generally written as o in polyphthongs unless there is an ɔ, written as o, in the same polyphthong.
Vowels have strictly syntactic value and consonants usually have only lexical value. Consonants often cluster although plosive consonants are never juxtaposed.
A logographic writing system is in development.
Lexemes are represented in sequences of consonants and consonant clusters. The cases of a lexeme are represented between the sequential consonants. Occupants of cases are infixed thereto. a and u are prefixed and suffixed respectively to infixed occupants of cases. i is infixed to unoccupied cases. e is infixed to syllables that do not represent cases and precede those that do. Sequences to a case of which oa is infixed represent that case.
The sequence of the lexeme corresponding to "speech" is /p/lr/k/t/rlm/rlg/. The cases thereof are sound, translation, speaker, audience, and language, respectively. pilrikitirlmirlgu means "there is speech" or the like. The sequences for "I" and "you" respectively are /g/ and /mr/. "pilrikagutamrurlmirlgu" means "I speak to you" and "pilrikamrutagurlmirlgu" means "You speak to me". The sequences for "like" and "happiness" are /l/r/m/ and /r/l/rl/, respectively. The cases for "like" are liked and liker respectively. "pilralarelirluragumukagutamrurlmirlgu" means "I tell you that I like happiness". "pilralarelirluragumukamrutagurlmirlgu" means "You tell me that I like happiness".