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Mehêla
Mehêla
[mé̞ʔé̞:l´ɐ]*
Registered by Tonic on 19 November 2016
Language type A priori
Species Human/humanoid
About Mehêla Major revision ongoing! Don't trust anything!

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  • Old summary:

    Mehēla (full name: Mehēla le nonōa) is the language of a fictional people living on the island of Saint Helena that was colonised by Sweden at some point and then gained independence.

    Some interesting features of Mehēla:

    • Very simple, Polynesian-inspired phonology.
    • Liberal use of reduplication, both full and partial.
    • Very analytical
    • Volition-based split ergative alignment in its case system. Otherwise mostly ergative.
    • Adverbs are a closed class, but serial verb constructions can often be used instead.
    • Very restricted relative clauses. Only S or O can be relativised. To relativise other things you have to use a change in voice.
    • Negation is often formed by using a negative verb and a relative clause. 'I don't love you' would be said as 'I am not someone who loves you'
    Sample of Mehêla[view] Kiki e leto! Hedê!

    The power within! Yeah!
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    Latest vocabulary
    nlake
    pûhevhit
    hidâvshare
    Language family relationships
    Language treeMehêlic
     ⤷  Old Mehêla
      ⤷  Middle Mehêla
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    Phonology
    ConsonantsBilabialLabio-
    dental
    AlveolarPalatalLabio-
    velar
    VelarGlottal
    Nasal m m:   n n:     ŋ ŋ:  
    Plosive p ᵐb   t ⁿd     k ʔ
    Lateral approximant     l        
    Lateral flap     [ɺ]1        
    Approximant   [ʋ]2   j w [ɰ]3  
    Flap     [ɾ]4        
    1. in free variation, especially in casual speech, allophone of /l/
    2. in free variation, especially in casual speech, allophone of /w/
    3. in free variation, especially in casual speech, allophone of /j/
    4. in free variation, especially in casual speech, allophone of /l/
    VowelsFrontCentralBack
    Close i i: î: ì: ì   u u: û: ù: ù
    Close-mid e e: ê: è: è   o o: ô: ò: ò
    Near-open   ɐ ɐ̀  
    Open a: â: à:    
    Orthography
    Below is the orthography for Mehêla. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
     MehêlaOrthography
    Aa/ɐ/Bb/ᵐb/Dd/ⁿd/Ee/e/Gg/ŋ/Hh/ʔ/Ii/i/Jj/j/, [ɰ]1Kk/k/Ll/l/, [ɾ]2, [ɺ]3
    Mm/m/Nn/n/Oo/o/Pp/p/Tt/t/Uu/u/Ww/w/, [ʋ]4GG gg/ŋ:/MM mm/m:/NN nn/n:/
    ✔ Shown in correct order
    1. in free variation, especially in casual speech
    2. in free variation, especially in casual speech
    3. in free variation, especially in casual speech
    4. in free variation, especially in casual speech
    Latest 8 related articles listed below.
    Mehêla Morphology
    Initial consonant mutation, reduplication, and sometimes bot...
    26-Sep-17 22:12
    From Proto-Mehêlic to Mehêla
    List of sound changes
    21-Aug-17 23:49
    Mehêla Numbers
    A mix of base-10 and base-20
    17-Aug-17 22:13
    Mehêla Phonology
    Allophony!
    24-Jul-17 20:29
    Mehēla Grammar
    Let's have fun with syntax!
    19-Mar-17 17:16
    Typological information for Mehêla

    Morphological typologyAnalytical
    Morphosyntactic alignmentErgative/Absolutive
    ToneSimple tone system (2 level tones)
    Verb head-directionalityHead final
    Valence decreasing voicesAntipassive only

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