Qatill language

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Qatill
Qatillese
Qatilla
Pronunciation[qä'tɪl:ä]
RegionJilu Lyladna
EthnicityQatill
Native speakers10 million  (2019)
Language family
Osveraali
  • Qatill
Early forms:
South Osveraali
  • Old Qatill
    • Qatill
Writing systemOsveraali script
Official status
Official language inQatilluu
CWS codeKJL


Qatill is a South Osveraali language of the Qatillo-Jilian branch. It is the official language of Qatilluu and also a minority language in Jilu Lyladna, spoken by more than 10 million people. About 90 percent of the speakers are dalar.

Classification

History

Phonology

Phonemes

The phonology of Qatill is unique among the Osveraali languages. It has no voiced plosives and completely lacks fricative phonemes, making its consonant inventory the smallest on Atsiq. Its vowel system is also greatly reduced when compared to its relatives, especially the vowel-heavy Lyladnese, with only three short and three long vowels plus the schwa and two diphthongs.

Bilabial Dental Alveolar Palatal Velar Uvular Glottal
Nasal m n ŋ
Plosive p t k q ʔ
Approximant j ʍ
Lateral approximant l
Flap ɾ
Front Central Back
Close i: i u: u
Mid ə
Open ä ɑ:

Phonotactics

Morphology and syntax

Vocabulary

Writing and literature