Opaki AŋkuatiInternal Background:
Opaki Aŋkuati is one of the languages spoken by the Kiuri, which are a race of hominids similar
to Homo heidelbergensis apart from a sagittal crest, six small horns across their forehead (kinda like the Zabrak
) barrel torso and third lung. The Aŋkuati racial group specifically is characterised by their wavy dark brown hair, hooked noses, eyes of green, gold or light brown, and their larger stature, ranging in height from 6’5” to 6’9” and in weight from 110kg to 140kg. They reside in the Antuloa plains, east of the Vetē stonelands, south-southeast of the Ainaɂu mountains (which are impassable), west of the Tlahomi ocean and north of the Nutlakoi islands, and were traditionally nomadic bison herders and foragers. Hunting was only done in defense of their herds, and they never developed projectile weapons more complicated than spears. As the Aŋkuati have little interest beyond the Antuloa, and the closest other peoples are isolated by geography, they have had little influence from or on other cultures or languages.Phonology:
Syllable structure is (C)V(V)(P/N), where P stands for any plosive and N for any nasal. All dipthongs are allowed except [aɔ].Allophany:
[ɸ] can be realised as [f] anywhere, as [l] can be [ɬ].
[i, u] often become [ɪ, ʊ] in unstressed syllables, as [a, ɔ] sometimes become [ə].Orthography:Phrases:
The basic unit of Aŋkuati syntax is the phrase, which follows the pattern of phrase-marker + topic + modifiers; it varies in terms of subject, object and verb, as the topic can be any of them. Action Phrases focus on the verb, Actor Phrases on the agent, and Alternative Phrases are virtually just noun and prepositional phrases.
Action-phrase marker + verb + subject + object + modifiers
Actor-phrase marker + subject + object + verb + modifiers
Alternative-phrase marker + subject + modifiers + object + verb
Modifiers are introduced by the particle kon
, and the focal topic of a phrase is marked by the infix -ká
-* after the first syllable, not including obligatory inflections or conjugations. *this infix is written with ‘á’ as primary stress always moves to this infix when it is present.Phrase Markers:
There are a number of Phrase Markers, which inflect for tense, and match their topic in person for Actor Phrases, in noun class for Alternative Phrases. In Action Phrases they distinguish between transitive verbs or intransitive/multitransitive verbs.Clauses:
The conjunction at
is a plain conjunction used to join two nouns or verbs (actions), syntactically making them a single argument.
The particles uak
are used to mark subordinate clauses; uak
for Action Phrases, ila
for Actor Phrases and noa
for Alternative Phrases. Introductions:
The formal way:Ŋaɂan, lu tan ifan tokálo tiak! Io tan Nuat-Foarak Kui Oŋroa Koso at Turoak Kilama, tai pa Itlasipali Tasaraŋ Kito Tlaroamri iproana at pa Tukaŋ Hapikua Lanraŋ Lan nipaŋka. Io ninoluŋ tan fai tukákaŋ kon muakáraŋ, ia rufiha tan tua hiatu, ia aŋuaha tan o tlikápu, Poanu-Nianti Ralaila.
Hello, I hope you are well! I am Kui Foarak’s-son of the Koso tribe and Water clan*, born on Shrineday 37 of late Wheel** month and year 488. I am 20 years old, and have two sisters, and a wife, Ralaila Nianti’s-daughter. *Aŋkuati have a moiety system, Tlaha (grass) and Kilama (water).
**They name their months after dominant constellations during the seasons; Wheel, Leaf, Adze, Two Snakes.
The informal way:Ŋaɂan, io tan Nuat-Foarak, Turoak Kilama.
Hey, I'm Foarak's son, of Water clan.
2:31 AM, so I'll leave it here for now.