|Linguistic classification:||One of Sahar's primary language families|
The Draconic languages form a top-level language family in Nagu, specifically the Draconic Islands. Some of its most notable members are Danshali and Cheli.
Other Languages and dialects in Danshapu and Chel Gyu
Structural characteristics generally said to be typical of Draconic languages include:
- extensive set of Noun Classes
- no marked plural
- adjectival verbs ("to be big", rather than just "big")
- use of postpositions as opposed to prepositions.
- Small vowel inventories, with the 5 vowels system being very common
- Palatal consonants
- Root final stress
Basic vocabulary of about 200 words, including body parts (e.g. eye, heart, head, mouth), animals (e.g. ocelot, fish), nature objects (e.g. tree, stone, nest, water), basic verbs (e.g. live, fall, run, make, see, suck, go, die, swim, know), basic pronouns (e.g. what, we, you, I), numerals; derivatives increase the number of common words.
The following is a very brief selection of cognates in basic vocabulary across the Draconic family, which may serve to give an idea of the sound changes involved. Words in parenthesis next to the proto-word indicate the Proto-Draconic classifier
|'fire'||mʔulo (mʔu)||melame||mole nà|
|'water'||ti (wi)||towo||jù ǔ|
|'earth'||ɹuhɯ (pə)||refpu||çohò çǔ|
|'fish'||utɯ (wi)||etwo||ósò ǔ|
|'animal'||zuɾ (ŋʔo)||zerqa||çor ná|
|'leg, foot'||pika (ɢu)||poghuge||vuci shǐ|
|'tree'||hi (sə)||kosu||ku ve|
|'moon'||ŋʔam (ʃʔu)||qumshe||ngím shì|
Orthographical notes: The graphemes ⟨c⟩ and ⟨ç⟩ are used for the palatal consonants [c] and [ɟ], respectively. The diagraph ⟨lh⟩ is used for the palata lateral approximant [ʎ], and ⟨nh⟩ for the palatal nasal [ɲ].