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| Asséte, Ędatę let Šete |
[a.ˈsːe.te], [ẽ.ˈda.tẽ ˈlet ˈɕe.te]
|Period||c. 0 YP|
|Spoken in|| Northwestern Tuysáfa,|
Coastal Northeastern Bay, the Heneššéme Basin
|Classification|| T1 languages|
|Basic word order||V2|
|Morphology||Largely Fusional with some Synthetic Elements|
Asséta, also known as Great River Asséta, is a language spoken around 0 YP in the Heneššéme Basin region by the Fareveme peoples, the main descendants of the Northeastern Bay peoples who evolved along the coastlines of the Northeastern Bay and a descendant of the Northeastern Bay Language. As such this language is related to the other T1 languages including Black River Aséta, West Yalan, East Yalan, Omari, Teyetáti, Hkətl’ohnim, and Tumetıęk.
- 1 Phonology
- 2 Nominal Morphology
- 3 Syntax
|high||i ĩ||u ũ|
|mid||e ẽ||o õ|
|mid-low||ɛ ɛ̃||ɔ ɔ̃|
- /ɛ ɔ/ are transcribed ê ô
- Nasal vowels are written with an ogonek, e.g. /ẽ ɛ̃/ = ę ę̂
Asséta contains a fairly large consonant inventory with distinctions between geminate, voiceless and voiced consonants, where all nasals, plosives and fricatives can be geminated.
|plosive||p b||t d||ʈ ɖ||k ɡ|
|fricative||f v||s z||ɕ ʑ||ʂ ʐ||h|
|affricate||ts dz||tɕ dʑ||ʈʂ ɖʐ|
- /ɲ ɳ ŋ/ are transcribed ñ ṇ ng
- /ʈ ɖ/ are transcribed ṭ ḍ
- /ts dz tɕ dʑ ʈʂ ɖʐ/ are transcribed c x č j c̣ x̣
- /ɕ ʑ s ʐ/ are transcribed š ž ṣ ẓ
- /ɻ ɭ j/ are transcribed r ł y
- geminate consonants are written doubled, e.g. /tː/ = tt
Asséta is a stress-timed language, with higher weight given to stressed syllables. That is, there is a noticeable length and quality difference in stressed syllables, being spoken at a higher pitch than the unstressed vowels.
The maximal syllable structure in Asséta is (C)(w, j, ɻ)V(C) where C = any consonant and V = any vowel. The typical syllable however tends toward V & CV structures.
Nominals fall into three categories that are morphologically distinct: pronouns, true nouns, and adjectives.
True nouns are divided into three categories: animate, inanimate, and collective. Outside of collective nouns true nouns decline for plurality and all nouns decline for case and definiteness.
Asseta marks plurality with a prefix with separate forms for whether the proceeding sound is a consonant or a vowel. There are some exceptions to this, generally nouns with intial /w j/ will take the _V form in the plural (e.g. wáye son is nwáye sons; children, not nuwáye as would be expected).
Case and Definiteness
Asseta nouns decline for case and definiteness with a total of three cases and two states of definiteness.
|Nominative||-ê||-e||Marks the subject of a clause.|
|Accusative||-es||-is||Marks the direct object of a transitive clause.|
|Oblique||-ą||-ę||Marks secondary objects as well as the possessor in possessive clauses.|
Comparatives & Superlatives