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Girekian
qiræk
[ʁiɹɛk]
Registered by GreyDoubt on 11 February 2020
Language type Proto-Conlang
Place & SpeakersGirekian is spoken in Majæn.
Species Human/humanoid
About Girekian !zæbyti zo murûztœ je qiræk!
Welcome to my page for Girekian!

Qiræk is the proto-language that was spoken by the ancient people of Majæn. (Majæn is a distant planet with two moons whose people evolved as fisher-foragers.) It is not truly actively spoken in modern times, although it is used for religious/ceremonial purposes and there are small pockets of people who study it as a means of understanding the modern languages that descended from it (similar to Latin on Earth).

Notable Features:
  • words exclusively start with consonants and vowel clusters are illegal
  • nouns decline by number: single, dual, trial, plural
  • conjugation can be tricky, involving tense, aspect, and voice with sometimes-confusing rules about agent vs grammatical subject, as well as the conjugation of what you'd think was adverbs (but adverbs don't really exist)
  • time is very important, so the perception of and interaction with time is quite complex
  • use of punctuation is very limited (generally to the beginning and end of a sentence)
  • independent clauses are SV(O) if first in a sentence but (O)SV if preceded by another clause, while subordinate clauses are V(O)S and clauses without their own subjects are V(O)P
  • capitalization is reserved for proper nouns, which is pretty much only names of people
  • fish and fishing are central to the culture and therefore the language
  • septenary (base 7) counting system
  • calendar based on the sun, dual moons, and stars
Sample of Girekian[view] !kijenin ma cœmtuwentœ!

Today is my birthday!
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Latest vocabulary
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Sound samples in Girekian
Some sound samples of Girekian. Maximum of 6 shown. Click the links to see the full texts.
.cæcocijatœ ma 'elina je 'ulijum.
My desire is not to kill anymore.
.rækiroz cema'a ma cecija bala.
Robots falling in love is true romance.
.re båmä'a tizuwi.
She's eating a bird.
?kola mam wämä kywera?
Does anybody know where we are?
Language family relationships
Language treeGirekian
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[view] About GirekianQiræk (QRK) is the oldest known language of the people of Majen (Majen), and is the parent of every language currently spoken on the planet.
Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialLabio-
dental
AlveolarPost-
Alveolar
PalatalLabio-
velar
VelarUvularGlottal
Nasal m   n            
Plosive b [bʰ]1   t         [ʔ]2
Fricative [ɸ]3 f z ʃ     x ʁ h
Lateral approximant     l            
Approximant         j w      
Flap     ɾ            
  1. often pronounced as aspirated p when final, allophone of /b/
  2. capitalized version of glottal stop, allophone of /ʔ/
  3. pronunciation of f when final
VowelsFrontNear-
front
CentralBack
Close i      
Near-close   ɪ    
Close-mid e     ɤ
Mid     ə
Open-mid ɛ      
Open     ä  
Polyphthongs äɪ o̞ɪ æʉ ɤɶ
Syllable StructureCV(C)

1: Words only start with consonants, never vowels.
2: Consonant clusters are not preferred but not illegal, except word initial clusters are not allowed. Typically consonant clusters are found in compound words and words derived from phrases. No more than two consonants in a cluster. So a word may end up looking like CVCCVCCV(C) ... for example
3: Vowel clusters are strictly illegal.
Stress informationStress is typically on the first syllable in two syllable words, and the second syllable in three syllable words. Single syllable words are unstressed, but may be stressed for emphasis. Words with more than three syllables have primary stress on the second, then secondary stress on every other syllable. Affixes may affect the stress placement but are not themselves stressed.
OtherSee the article titled "Girekian Phonology & Orthography" for more information and examples.
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Girekian. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 GirekianOrthography
Bb
Bb
bom
/b/, [bʰ]1
Aa
Aa
a
/ä/
Tt
Tt
tik
/t/
Ii
Ii
i
/i/
Kk
Kk
kur
/kʰ/
∧‌
∧‌
[ʔ]2
'
'
/ʔ/
Ää
Ää
ä
/äɪ/
Ff
Ff
fœl
/f/, [ɸ]3
Yy
Yy
y
/ɪ/
Zz
Zz
zyb
/z/
Åå
Åå
å
/æʉ/
Cc
Cc
cyl
/ʃ/
Ææ
Ææ
æ
/ɛ/
Xx
Xx
xaz
/x/
Qq
Qq
qyl
/ʁ/
Oo
Oo
o
/o̞/
Hh
Hh
hal
/h/
Ee
Ee
e
/e/
Mm
Mm
maqyl
/m/
Uu
Uu
u
/ɤ/
Nn
Nn
nyl
/n/
Ww
Ww
won
/w/
Öö
Öö
ö
/o̞ɪ/
Ll
Ll
lon
/l/
Ûû
Ûû
û
/ɤɶ/
Jj
Jj
jaz
/j/
Œœ
Œœ
œ
/ə/
Rr
Rr
rul
/ɾ/
✔ Shown in correct order
  1. often pronounced as aspirated p when final
  2. capitalized version of glottal stop
  3. pronunciation of f when final
Additional NotesNote:
It is illegal for Girekian words to begin with vowels. That is why there are no Girekian characters representing capitalized vowels.
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Lessons (4)
1Girekian Phonology & Orthography
2Girekian Morphology Part 1: Nouns
3Girekian Morphology Part 2: Verbs
4Girekian Morphology Part 3: Adjectives
Typological information for Girekian

Animacy distinctionsFour distinctions
Base counting systemOther
GendersAnimate/Inanimate
Noun numbersSingular/Dual/Trial/Plural
Inclusive/exclusive pronounsDistinct forms

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