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Waanian

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Waanian is a major language of the Island of Waan, an island off the east-northeast coast of Fuhe, about the size of IRL Ireland. About a dozen native languages of the Waanic Family are spoken there, in addition to two Kanic languages (North Waanese Kanic and South Waanese Kanic), but the Waanian-speaking tribe is the one that is most known to the Fuhe- it is spoken on the west of the island, and is spoken by around 45% of the population.

Phonology:
/p ɓ t ɗ c ʄ k q/ <p b t d c j k q>
/m n ɲ ŋ/ <m n nh ng>
/s ʐ ʃ x~X ʁ/ <s r sh h g>
/l/ <l>
/w j/ <w y>

/i u ə ɛ ɔ a/ <i u ë e o a>
/i: u: ə: e: o: ɑ:/ <ii uu ëë ei ou aa>

Phonotactics: (C)V(C)
Permitted finals:
/p t c k q m n ɲ ŋ s x l w j/

Morphonemic processes:
/q/ cannot occur before /i i:/. In this position, it becomes /k/. In the same position, /k x ʁ ŋ/ may shift to /c ʃ j ɲ/, depending on the lexeme.

Nouns:
Nouns have no marked case or gender. The occur in three numbers: Singular, Dual and Plural. Dual is formed by adding the prefix lu- to the noun.
The plural is formed in four ways:
1. First syllable reduplication: Mali "girl" Mamali "girls"
2. First consonant reduplication with <ë> as the vowel: Ngeiwanh "boat" Ngëngeiwanh"boats"
3. Same as 2, but the first vowel, which is "long" is shortened: Touka "Chief" Tëtoka "Chiefs"
4. Full redulplication: Bas "Language" Basbas "languages"
Many children make up, or begin to make up, imaginary languages. I have been at it since I could write.
-JRR Tolkien
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Re: Waanian

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Before I continue to present Waanian grammar, I must note that the language has an Austronesian-based alignment.

Nouns also have natural gender: Human and Non-Human.

Nouns take Definate (Target) and Oblique (non-target) proclitics.

The Human Definate proclitic is invariably Nhëë.

The Non-Human Definate proclitic depends on deixis:
Proximate: Ra
Distal and Visible: Jet
Distal and non-visible: Luunh


The Oblique proclitics are Weiq (Human) and Gi (non-human)
Many children make up, or begin to make up, imaginary languages. I have been at it since I could write.
-JRR Tolkien
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