In the Empire of Nualua, most of the populace speaks the ancient language of Ikoiamanu. While the royals of the Lowlands long spoke Aouala, the language of the once highly powerful and influential Alabaruan Empire, when the Highland King of Nualua consolidated his power as the Emporer, Ikoiamanu made a great comeback in high society. The common folk, of course, spoke the language for its whole history, and several distinct dialects developed across the Empire. The language described below is describing the "proper" Ikoiamanu spoken by the nobles of the Highlands.

Phonetics and Phonotactics

Consonant Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar
Nasal m n ŋ (g)
Plosive p t k
Fricative s ʃ (x)
Liquid w l j (y)

Vowels Front Back
Close i/y (i) u/ɯ (u)
Mid o
Open a ɔ (ã)

Syllable structure: (C)(C)V(V)(C)

Possible consonent clusters: my, ny, gy, py, ty, ky, sy, xy, mw, nw, gw, pw, tw, kw, sw, xw, ml, nl, gl, pl, tl, kl, sl, xl

Possible dipthongs: ai, ao, ãi, ão, oi, ui

Possible coda consonants: m, n, g

Special vowel rules: insert w after o & u before i, o, & u and insert y after i before o & u.

Basic Grammar

Sentance Structure:

Locater: The indirect object, prepositions giving context, tense markers, etc.



Object & its Adjectives*

Subject & its Adjectives*

*adjectives come after the noun


Singular Plural (Inclusive) Plural (Exclusive)
1st ma (I) manu (we/me & you) manta (we/me & it)
2nd u (you) unu (y'all/you & you) unta (y'all/you & it)
3rd ta (it) numu (one/general pronoun) tanta (they)

Reflexive Pronouns

Singular Plural (Inclusive) Plural (Exclusive)
1st mo (myself) manwo (ourself/myself & yourself) manto (ourself/myself & itself)
2nd wo (yourself) unwo (y'allself/yourself & yourself) unto (y'allself/yourself & itself)
3rd to (itself) numwo (oneself/general pronoun) tanto (themself)


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