Gushli language

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Gushli
Fon-e Koşlen
. Fon-e Koşlen .
Pronunciation /fone koʃlen/
Region Vaniua
Ethnicity Gushlis
Native speakers TBD  (2016)
Language family
Early forms:
Proto-Vaniuan
  • Proto-Eastern-Vaniuan
    • Proto-Kashisan
      • Old Kothlenic
        • Middle Jazaghan
          • Gushli
Writing system Vaniuan script
Official status
Official language in Gushlia
CWS code FKS
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Gushli (. Fon-e Koşlen .; Fon-e Koşlen, /fone koʃlen/) is a Kashisan language within the Eastern Vaniuan branch of the Vaniuan language family. Along with the Balak language, Gushli is a national variant of the pluricentric Jazaghan language. Gushli belongs to the Kashisan branch of the Vaniuan language family. Standard Gushli is written in the Gushli alphabet, a modified variant of the Vaniuan alphabet.

The Gushli language is considered a continuation of Middle Jazaghan, and has inherited its spelling conventions, creating a complicated system of historical spelling. Throughout its history the language has had moderate influence from the Khamaian language, the ancestor of which also served as a substrate for Proto-Kashisan, as well as more significant influence from the Koman language.

There are roughly X million Gushli speakers worldwide, holding official status in Gushlia, and regional or minority status in Komania and Balakia.

Geographic Distribution

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Phonology

Consonants

Gushli consonant phonemes
  Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar
Nasal m n
Plosive p b t d k ɡ
Fricative f v ɕ ʑ ʃ ʒ x ɣ
Affricate t͡ɕ t͡ʃ
Approximant l j
Rhotic r

Notes:

  • X.

Vowels

Gushli has a system of 6 phonemic vowels, with no distinction in length.

Gushli vowel phonemes
Front Back
Close i u
Mid e o
Open a ɒ

Notes:

  • The front vowels /e i/ are realised as rounded [ø y] when following labial consonants.
  • X.

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Orthography

Grammar

Morphology

Gushli is a moderately agglutinative language, though it does preserve fusional affixes for nouns and verbs. Nouns are divided into two animacy classes - animate and inanimate - and are inflected slightly differently depending on the class they are on; inanimate nouns don't inflect for plural number, while animate nouns do.

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Examples