Ancient Zara is a Nautli language, that was once spoken in the north-western part of the Nautli island. It is a direct descendant of Proto-Nautli.

Ancient Pətən Lhán
Pətən Lhán
Pronunciation [pətən ɬán]
Period 7000-5000 BK
Spoken in north-western Nautli
Total speakers Ancient Pətən people
Writing system none
Classification Nautlic languages
Basic word order unknown
Morphology Unknown
Alignment Unknown
Created by Creyeditor

Phonology Edit

Tones Edit

Ancient Pətən Lhán was a tonal language, the two tone system having developed from phargyngealization. Syllables with pharyngealized vowels became low syllables. However these changes were obscured by the spreading of low tones in certain configurations. High tones are orthographically indicated by an acute accent <á>. Low tone is unmarked.

Consonants Edit

The consonantal system is simpler than that of Proto-Nautli. Retroflex consonants became post-alveolar and labiovelars are kept. The only innovation is the voiceless lateral fricative, that developed from the voiced lateral fricative.

Labial Alveolar Post-Alveolar Velar Labiovelar
Plosives p t tʃ ⟨c⟩ k kʷ ⟨kv⟩
Nasals n ŋ ⟨ng⟩ ŋʷ ⟨ngv⟩
Fricatives s ɬ ⟨lh⟩ ʃ ⟨sh⟩
Approximants l w

Vowels Edit

The vowel harmony of Proto-Nautli is lost, because there is no more phonemic contrast between tense and lax vowels. The only trace is a coocurence restrictions, so that /a/ and /ə/ can never occur in one word.

front central back
high i u
mid ɛ ə ɔ
low a

Two vowels can also occur in one syllable.

Vocabulary Edit

cat - PN: *lxejeen - lilin

crawfish - PN: *jangè - lhə́ng

sun - PN:*theneeth 'day' - cíníc

death - PN:*qong - ùng

dog - lhékv

to eat - cùl

finger - pélék