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Zebesian
čozo'zeʘeo
[t͡ʃɤzɤ ʔ zɛʘɛɤ]
Registered by cemeteryghoul on 4 July 2020
Language type A priori
Species Human/humanoid
About Zebesian
ēṭ ṛʰ xuž!
ēṭ ṛh xuž!
Hello! (Or, more literally, "I greet and wish you well!")
This language is based off of the Chozo from the video game series Metroid. This specific version is for the Chozo who lived on the Zebes colony, but there is also  Talloric for the Talloric Chozo, and  Homeworld, which is the common ancestor of Zebesian and Talloric Chozo.
Sample of Zebesian[view] eṣaγálu'dí īrt ṇe'eḍiŋ'zda ṛh ṇe'łhtesi'zda. neł-etuecedál'kar ská'ŋg ṭxexe Šinar'neł gete enīγálu'kar ská'ŋg ṛh inno-eṣaγálu'kar'saceiu'ṛā́. ēḍikadálu'kar'kjéŋ ská'ŋg ho'ilra-ská'ŋg "inno-o'nir'kar! e'coṣe'kar koi'γá'ŋg tsiʘ...[view all texts]
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Language family relationships
Language treeChozo
 ⤷ Proto-Chozo
  ⤷  Homeworld
   ⤷ Archaic Zebesian
    ⤷  Zebesian
[view] About ChozoThe Chozo language family is a somewhat insulated family of languages spoken by the Chozo, a species of bird people from the video game series Metroid.
Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialAlveolarPost-
Alveolar
RetroflexAlveolo-
palatal
PalatalVelarUvularGlottal
Nasal   n   ɳ     ŋ    
Plosive   t tʰ d dʰ   ʈ ʈʰ ɖ ɖʰ     k kʰ g gʰ   ʔ
Fricative   s z ʃ ʒ   ɕ ʑ   x ɣ   h
Affricate   t͡s d͡z t͡ʃ d͡ʒ ʈʂ ɖʐ     k͡x g͡ɣ    
Lateral approximant   l l̥   ɭ̩:1 ɭ̩́:          
Approximant           j ɰ    
Trill   r           ʀ  
Flap   [ɾ]2              
Click ʘ3 ʘʰ                
Blends ʔh hl [ɽr]4 hɭ̩:
  1. considered a vowel grammatically
  2. allophone of /r/
  3. actually a beak click
  4. retroflex trill, allophone of /r/
VowelsFrontCentralBack
Close i i: í: í   ɯ ɯ: ɯ́: ɯ́
Close-mid     ɤ ɤ: ɤ́: ɤ́
Open-mid ɛ ɛ: ɛ́: ɛ́    
Near-open   ɐ ɐ: ɐ́: ɐ́  
Syllable StructureComplex consonant clusters are allowed and frequent. A voiced continuant followed by h becomes syllabic and is followed by ʔ. Typically I prefer to create languages that are analysed by morae, but Zebesian requires a syllable analysis.
Stress informationStress has a hierarchical system in Zebesian. It goes:
- pitch accent (á) takes first priority. If there is no pitch accent, then
- long vowel (ā) is stressed. If there is no long vowel, then
- diphthong (ai) is stressed. If there is no diphthong, then
- the penultimate syllable is stressed. If a word is only one short pitchless syllable, then
- it becomes enclitic, passing its syllable onto the previous word.
All stressed syllables, regardless of the presence of a pitch accent, are a higher pitch than the rest of the word. Pitch accents just have a more pronounced distinction.
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Zebesian. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 ZebesianOrthography
a
a
a
/ɐ/
ā
ā
ā
/ɐ:/
i
i
i
/i/
ī
ī
ī
/i:/
u
u
u
/ɯ/, /ɰ/
ū
ū
ū
/ɯ:/
e
e
e
/ɛ/
ē
ē
ē
/ɛ:/
o
o
o
/ɤ/
ō
ō
ō
/ɤ:/
/ɭ̩:/1
r
r
re
/r/, [ɾ], [ɽr]2
ṛe
/ʀ/
l
l
le
/l̥/
ł
ł
/l/
ṭe
/ʈ/
t
t
et
/t/
ḍe
/ɖ/
d
d
ed
/d/
s
s
se
/s/
ṣe
/t͡s/
š
š
še
/ʃ/
c
c
ce
/ɕ/
z
z
ze
/z/
ž
ž
že
/ʒ/
eṇ
/ɳ/
n
n
en
/n/
ŋ
ŋ
/ŋ/
h
h
ehe
/h/
g
g
ge
/g/
γ
γ
γe
/ɣ/
j
j
eje
/j/
č
č
če
/t͡ʃ/
k
k
ke
/k/
x
x
xe
/x/
ʘ
ʘ
eʘe
/ʘ/3
✔ Shown in correct order
  1. considered a vowel grammatically
  2. retroflex trill
  3. actually a beak click
Additional NotesA dot is placed over letters with pitch accents.
Uppercase letters are used in the romanisation of names for clarity, but there is no such distinction in Zebesian.
Latest 8 related articles listed below.
A little history 11-Aug-20 11:27
Lessons (2)
1Lesson #1: Zebesian script
2Lesson #2 - Grammar Intro
Typological information for Zebesian

Animacy distinctionsThree distinctions
Base counting systemDuodecimal (12)
Definite articleAffix used
Primary directional systemAbsolute cardinal (north/east...)

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