Neressan language

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Language: English
Neressan
RegionNeressa
EthnicityHigh Elves
Native speakers
~700,000 (833)
Early forms
Neressan alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-3

Neressan is the language of the the Empire of Neressa.

Evolution from Middle Neressan

  • /w/ and /v/ merged into [ʋ]
    • /kʷ gʷ/ remained [kʷ gʷ]
  • /ə əː/ became [ɜᵝ ɘᵝː]

Phonology

Consonants

Labial Dental Palatal Velar Uvular
Plain Sibilant Plain Labialized
Nasal m n (ŋ)
Stop Voiceless p t t͡s t͡ʃ k
Voiced b d d͡z d͡ʒ g
Fricative Voiceless f θ s ʃ χ
Voiced (v) ð z ʒ ʁ
Approximant ʋ l j
Trill r (ʀ)
  • [v] is the allophone of /f/ before voiced consonants.
  • In some variants and sociolects, /r/ and /ʁ/ merge into [ʀ].
    • Since /ʁ/ is traditionally not considered a rhotic consonant, the merger of /r ʁ/ merge into [ʀ] qualifies as rhotacism.

Vowels

Front Central Back
Close Long (yː)
Short ɪ (ʏ) ʊ
Mid Long (ɘᵝː)
Short ɛ ɜᵝ ɔ
Open Long
Short a

The vowels /ɘᵝː ʏ yː/ appear only in loanwords. Due to the similarity between /œ øː/ and /ɜᵝ ɘᵝː/, the earlier are approximated by the latter.