Cananganamese language

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Pronunciation /xlə̯zˈmiˑlːə̯n/
Native speakers 41 million – 70 million  (2013)
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Cananganamese (Also called Canamic or Esmilly), is an Asuranesian language spoken predominantly in Cananganam and is spoken by a minority in Lhavres. It is the local prestige of Cananganam, having its place within classical nobility into today's Kuulist government promoting its use, where in recent years the Telibe dialect has seen an increase in use and standardization.





Urban Canamic

Most urban varieties of Cananganamese undergo what's locally defined as ḍajđe (Rising), where the zero-vowel /ə̯/ is typically pronounced as [ɪ], though other variations of this include [ʊ] and [e]. Commonly nasalization also occurs in these dialects though this is almost entirely allophonic with some exceptions which vary by dialect.

Other common features include reducing of the alveolar flap into a dental approximant as shown in the Telibe dialect:

nekkuren "Kav" /nəˈkːuˑɾən/ → [nɪˈkːuð̞ɪ̃]

rumame "(1SG.MASC) would have launched..." /ˌɾuˑˈmæˑmə/ → [ˌð̞uˑˈmɐ̃w̃]



Labial Dental Alveolar Palatal Velar Laryngeal
plain emphatic plain emphatic plain emphatic
Nasals m n
Stops voiceless t t͡ʃ k ʔ
voiced b d g
Fricatives voiceless f θ s x h
voiced ð ðˤ z ɣ ʕ
Approximants ɾ ɾˤ j w
Laterals l

Emphatics Consonants

In Cananganamese, several consonants exhibit either uvular or pharyngealization. The most common of these sounds in Cananganamese is /dˤ/ which can be interpretted as either /d͡ʁ/ or /d͡ʕ/. This trend follows into the other emphatics, where allophonic formations occur as a result or clusters leading to some dialects having more emphatic consonants than is shown in the Standard.


Front Central Back
Mid ə
Open æˑ