Dohron language

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Dohron
Nađodo
Pronunciation ɲæʈʰɒɾ̥ɒ
Region Nagu
Ethnicity Dohrian
Language family
Vajusan
  • Dohron
Early forms:
Writing system Dohron Abuguida
Official status
Official language in Dohria
CWS code


Background

Basic stuff
Dohron is part of the Macro-Vajusan language family. It is one of the most divergent languages, as it split off (along with Deinau) from the main branch of the family very early on. The words are very similar to Deinau.

Sound
The language is mostly CV syllables only, apart from PF (plosive-fricative) or FP clusters (the only ones allowed). This, along with the retroflex series and abuguida script, gives the language a very south-west Asian, somewhat Indian-y feel.

Phonology

Phonemes

Consonants

Bilabial Alveolar Retroflex Labio-Velar Velar
Nasal m n ɳ <n> * ŋ <n> **
Plosive p b t tʰ <d t> ʈ ʈʰ <đ ŧ> k g
Fricative s sʰ ʂ ʂʰ <z zh>
Approximant w

Vowels

Front Back
Close i u
Open a * ɒ <o>
  • inherent vowel in abuguida script


Phonotactics

General syllable structure is (C)(C)V(C).

CV syllables are the most common as the language is written with an abuguida. A consonant with optional schwa ( /kᵊ/ <ka> "of") counts as a CV syllable.
V syllables are allowed but rare. They can be standalone words ( /o/, "but") or appear as CV-V dipthongs ( /siusu/ "drunk").
VC syllables are not permittted. CVC is CV-C or CVC and never C-VC. VCV is V-CV and never VC-V. CVVC is always CVV̯-C and never CV-V̩C.
CVC syllables are permitted but rare.
The only CC clusters permitted are on syllable boundaries ( /pas.kᵊ/ <pask> "happy") or word-initial 'coronal stop + coronal fricative' clusters ( /tshi/ "lemon").

Orthography

The Dohron script is official and widespread, however Deinau and variants of the Tnaaq script are often used alongside in the south of the country. In our universe, there is a straightforwards transliteraltion system based on the Deinau one.

Grammar

Morphology

Pronouns

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Verbs

Adverbs

Derivational morphology

Syntax

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