This is the phonological inventory:
Phonotactics, morphonological rules etc
The syllable structure is (C)CV(C)(C), and the general phonotactic sequence is the following, but I guess there will be a good number of exceptions I haven't thought through yet:
So stops before fricatives before nasals/liquids in onset, and vice-versa in coda; [ɨ] breaks up clusters not following the rule as epenthetic vowel, but I've not fully decided on clusters of stops yet.
There are the following synchronic sound laws:
- //nt mth mt//, //mp nph np// and //nk mkh mk// change to //nd//, //mb/ and //ᵑɡ// respectively
- In onset, //nd//, //mb/ and //ᵑɡ// are mostly realised as just voiced stops, with the prenasalisation only realised in careful speech; in all other positions, the prenasalisation may be rendered as full nasal consonants
- Plain //p t k s// assimilate to aspirated //ph th kh sh// next to aspirated consonants (even across syllable boundaries)
- Plain //n t s// assimilate to retroflex //ɳ ʈ ʂ// next to retroflex consonants (even across syllable boundaries)
- Retroflex //ʈ ʂ// assimilate to aspirated //th sh// next to aspirated consonants (even across syllable boundaries)
- /ħ/ is deleted in onset clusters and in coda is realized as [x]; if it forms a word-final cluster due to the deletion of a final vowel, it aspirates preceding //p t k s// to aspirated //ph th kh sh// and is otherwise deleted
- The aspiration in the aspirated consonant series is only realised as such in the syllable coda (but syllable-final /sh/ is realised as [ʃ]); otherwise it is only realized through the raising of the low vowels /ɑ/, /ɛ/ and /o/ to /ʌ/, /e/ and /u/, respectively
- Unstressed [ i ] and [ ɛ ] become [ ɨ ]
- Word final [ ɨ ] is deleted
Now I have not yet gotten to any grammar yet, but can already say that there will be a verb template (albeit a small one, compared to most languages using them), pluractionality, nominative-accusative morphosyntatic alignment, but a certain degree of ergative verbal agreement, as well as noun incorporation where the nouns have to follow some form of vowel harmony.