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mɛːːʈɑk ǀʰɤʕ is the major language of the planet Meichak. Meichak is the first alien planet that humanity has encountered capable of interstellar travel. Meichakians are humanoids with green fur, a pair of prehensile tentacles just above their hips and cephalopod-like eyes with double lenses.

Phonology:
/t̪ t̪ʰ t̪ˤ d̪ ⁿd ʈ ʈʰ ʈˤ ɖ ⁿɖ c cʰ ɟ ⁿɟ k kʰ q qʲ/
/s sˤ ħ ʕ h/
/m n̪ ɳ ɲ ŋ/
/w̃ `j/
/ᵑʘ ǀ ǀʰ ǀˀ ᶢǀ ᵑǀ ǃ ǃʰ ǃˀ ᶢǃ ᵑǃ ǂ ǂʰ ǂˀ ᶢǂ ᵑǂ/

/i u ɯ e o ɤ ɛ ɑ/
/i: uː ɯː eː oː ɤː ɛː ɑː/
/iːː eːː ɛːː/
/iu iɯ io iɤ iɑ/
/iuː iɯː ioː iɤː iɑː/
/ui ɯi oi ɤi ɑi/
/uːi ɯːi oːi ɤːi ɑːi/
/ɐu ɐɯ/
/iɐu iɐɯ/
/ɐui ɐɯi/

Phonotactics:
CV(V)(V)(C)
Clicks and prenasalized stops cannot occur as codas. On-glide diphthongs and triphthongs cannot occur after dorsals, /ħ ʕ h/ and clicks.

Plurality:
Nouns fall into a few classes for plural. This is marked by vowel change. This post will only consider class I. Polysallybles have a "core" vowel that shift.
Class I: Core vowel is a back vowel.
Class Ia: Core vowel shifts to a front vowel

ǂɑ:qʲɐɯɳ "Hand" ǂɛ:qʲɐɯɳ

Class Ib: monophthongs become iV or Vi diphthongs depending on the proceeding consonant. Diphthongs do the same into triphthongs.
quw̃e "Word" quiw̃e "Words"
ⁿɖɯsˤ "Eye" ⁿɖiɯsˤ "eyes"

Class Ic: same as Ib, but always Vi:
soᵑʘi::ʈʰ "Planet" soiᵑʘi::ʈʰ "Planets"
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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Class II: The core vowel is front, and not overlong. The vowel is lenghthend
ⁿɟɑke:ŋ "tentacle" ⁿɟɑke::ŋ "tentacles"

Class III: The word is monosyllabic with only an overlong front vowel
Class IIIa: Consonant final
ᶢǃi::ħ "cup" ᶢǃi::ħi "cups"

Class IIIb: Vowel `Final
qe:: "star" qe::ɲ` "stars"`
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Wow, humanoids with green fur and eyes like an octopus'! I like your alien conpeople! They sound like something out of Sesame Street!
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Squirrels chase koi . . . chase squirrels

My Kankonian-English dictionary: 66,000 words and counting

31,416: The number of the conlanging beast!

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Possesion:
The language distinguishes between alienible and unalienable possesion.
Unalienable possesion is formed by a special genitive form. For most nouns this is the prefix ŋɯ:
quiw̃e ŋɯhɛ:rɛtħi
quiw̃e ŋɯ-hɛ:t̪jɛtħi
words GEN.-Human
"Human Languages"

If the word begins in /ɲ ŋ ⁿɟ ⁿg/, the consonant switches to /w̃/:
ɲi:ɖɤmǀa::sˤ "Security officer"
ɳio:ǃɯʕoiⁿdu: w̃i:ɖɤmǀa::sˤ
"Security officer's pain blaster"
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Post by eldin raigmore »

If they have cephalopod-like eyes they don’t have blind spots.
Is that true?

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