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Sonerha is a naturalistic, highly synthetic language used in the fictional land of Sonerha.

Name: Sonerha

Type: Fusional

Alignment: Ergative-Absolutive

Head Direction: Final

Number of genders: 2

Declensions: Yes

Conjugations: Yes

Nouns declined
according to
Case Number
Definitiveness Gender
Verbs conjugated
according to
Voice Mood
Person Number
Tense Aspect




Labial Alveolar "Palatal" Velar Uvular
Nasal m /m/ n /n/ ñ /ɲ/
Stop p /p/ b /b/ t /t/ d /d/ kj /kʲ/ gj /gʲ/ k /k/ g /g/
Fricative f /f/ s /s/ z /z/ sj /ɕ/ zj /ʑ/ h /x/
Glide j /j/ wh /ʍ/ w /w/
Liquid l /l/ rh /ʀ̥/ r /ʀ/
  • Allophony
    • Nasal Assimilation
      • /nl/ /ln/ become [nn] [nn].
      • /nN/ /Nn/ become [NN] [NN] where N is a nasal.
      • /mN/ /Nm/ become [mm] [mm] where N is a nasal.
    • Frontness
      • /s/ /z/ become [ɕ] [ʑ] in front of a non-low front vowel.
    • Backness
      • /x/ becomes [χ] in front of /ɑ/.
    • Misc.
      • /ll/ becomes [nn].


Front Central Back
High i /i/ y /y/ u /u/
Mid e /ɛ/ /ə/1 o /o/
Low a /ɑ/

1 Only occurs in functional words or affixes, or as the offglide of a diphthong.

Offglide i ə u
High ie /iə̯/ ye /yə̯/ ue /uə̯/
Mid ei /eɪ̯/ ou /oʊ̯/
Low ai /aɪ̯/ au /ɑʊ̯/
  • Allophony
    • Reducing
      • /i/ /y/ /u/ reduce to [ɨ] [ʉ] [ʊ] in closed, unstressed syllables.


Basic GrammarEdit


There are six noun cases: absolutive case, ergative case, allative case, ablative case, genitive case, and instrumental case.



Example textEdit

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