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Awatese [AWAT]
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CWSP Lang Typology Progressing 1,017 words
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Awatese
Wawąting
[wawɐtĩ]
Registered by anonymous123 on 16 March 2020
+ shared with: Awato-Mänean Languages
Language type A priori
Place & SpeakersSpoken by a population of around 22,677,500 in: AwatingOfficial LutyaMinority
Species Human/humanoid
About Awatese  Awatese is a Mañic language spoken as the sole national and official language of  Awating by about 22.6 million people (18.1m native speakers and another ~4.5m second-language speakers). It is also a sister language of  Mänean.

Highlights:
- a LOT of reduplication (even retriplication???)
- A closed class of compoundable verbs, making for ridiculously long words (click here to see what I mean)
- A Navajo-style noun possession system, which can change the focus of a clause when used with the definite article

Milestones:
100th word: naŋu “shadow”
200th word: xu “chicken”
300th word: ļaļami “helix”
400th word: xáļ “to blow”
500th word: muluri “earthquake”
600th word: pu "lake"
700th word: ļuren "raffia palm"
800th word: lákáni "stingray"
900th word: nálákŋa "peasant"
1000th word: djuŋ "zoom"
Sample of Awatese[view] Yi nałangą a lehą ngiyengahąxąt ląt.

I am inside my house drinking tea
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Latest vocabulary
yuhiadjthird gendered
zambąnthird gender
nuadjfemale
Language family relationships
Language treeNgerupic
 ⤷  Oã' Ñi
  ⤷  Wa Ñi
   ⤷  Mañi
    ⤷ Awato-Mänean Languages
     ⤷  Awatese
[view] About NgerupicA large language family from the northern Big Continent of the Aay world / from former Sharkunen in Sahar.
Named for Wa Ñi ŋèrup(a) 'people'.
[view] Wawətiŋ (Southern Awatese)The dialect of Awatese spoken mainly in the south of the country. This dialect is generally looked down upon by mainstream Awatese society as being unrefined, vulgar and improper. While vocabulary has generally remained the same, key phonological differences include:
❧ Elision of word-medial /h/
❧ Sounding of word-final nasal consonants as represented in standard orthography
❧ Replacement of most to all occurences of /ɐ/ with /ə/
Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialAlveolarPalatalLabio-
velar
VelarGlottal
Nasal m n     ŋ  
Plosive p b t d     k g  
Fricative   s z       h
Lateral approximant   l        
Lateral fricative   ɬ        
Approximant     j w    
Trill   r        
Flap   ɾ        
VowelsFrontCentralBack
Close i [ĩ]1   u [ũ]2
Close-mid e [ẽ]3   o [õ]4
Near-open   ɐ [ɐ̃]5  
Open a [ã]6    
  1. Word-final only
  2. Word-final only
  3. Word-final only
  4. Word-final only
  5. Word-final only
  6. Word-final only
Syllable StructureSyllable structure is minimally V and maximally CCVC. Awatese does not have diphthongs, and Mañi diphthongs shifted to consonant clusters with approximant consonants in Awatese.
Stress informationStress is variant and mostly free. Usually, low tone syllables in Mañi end up stressed in Awatese.
OtherNasals in Mañi underwent sound changes to Awatese in which vowels before a word-final nasal consonant became nasalized vowels. However, original nasal consonants remain written in the orthography, although unpronounced and assimilated into the preceding vowel.
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Awatese. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 AwateseOrthography
a
a
/a/
á
ą
/ɐ/
b
b
/b/
d
d
/d/
e
e
/e/
g
g
/g/
h
h
/h/
i
i
/i/
j
y
/j/
k
k
/k/
l
l
/l/
ļ
ł
/ɬ/
m
m
/m/
n
n
/n/
ŋ
ng
/ŋ/
o
o
/o/
p
p
/p/
r
r
/ɾ/
ř
ř
/r/
x
x
/s/
t
t
/t/
u
u
/u/
w
w
/w/
z
z
/z/
✔ Shown in correct order
    Additional NotesAwating was a satellite state of the Helsonian Union for decades. Despite this, the modern Awatese orthography is based on that of Mañi and, to an extent, reflects the historical sound changes from Mañi to Proto-Awato-Mänean to Awatese. See documentation "Sound Changes To/From PAM" for more info.
    Latest 8 related articles listed below.
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    14-Sep-20 09:23
    A Grammar of Awatese
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    08-Sep-20 22:41
    Typological information for Awatese

    Animacy distinctionsThree distinctions
    Demonstrative proximityDistal/Medial/Proximal
    Coding of evidentialityAffix or clitic
    Noun-relative clause orderInternally headed
    Verb agreementSubject and object

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