Black River Aséta

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Enáte le Šéte, Šéte le Šitiméye
[e.ˈna.te le ˈɕe.te], [ˈɕe.te ˈle ɕi.ti.ˈ]
Period c. 0 YP
Spoken in Northwestern Tuysáfa,
Along the Viradašeye River
Total speakers unknown
Writing system unknown
Classification T1 languages
  Northeastern Bay
Basic word order SVO
Morphology Largely Fusional with some Synthetic Elements
Alignment NOM-ACC
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Black River Aséta, referred to as Šete le Šitiméye or Enáte le Šete (language of the Sitimeyans or Our Language respectively), is a language spoken around 0 YP along the Viradašeye River by the Sitimeyan peoples (a subgroup of the Fareveme peoples) and a descendant of the Northeastern Bay Language. As such this language is related to the other T1 languages including its closest relative Asséta, as well as West Yalan, East Yalan, Omari, Teyetáti, Hkətl’ohnim, and Tumetıęk.



Unlike in Asséta, the speakers of this language only distinguish five vowels, with a length distinction rather than one of nasalization.

front back
high i u
mid e o
low a
  • long vowels are written with a macron.


Aséta contains a reduced consonant inventory in comparison to its sibling, lacking geminate consonants & the retroflex series but retaining the voicing distinction.

labial alveolar palatal velar glottal
nasal m n ɲ ŋ
plosive p b t d k ɡ
fricative v s z ɕ ʑ h
affricate ts dz tɕ dʑ
liquid l ɾ
glide w j
  • /ɲ ŋ/ are transcribed ñ ng
  • /ts dz tɕ dʑ/ are transcribed c x č j
  • /ɕ ʑ/ are transcribed š ž
  • /ɾ j/ are transcribed r y


Like its close relative Aséta 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. Unlike Asséta, however, stress is variable whereas on the former stress is confined to the penultimate syllable. As such stress is marked by an acute accent (e.g. á), except when that vowel is long.


Syllable Structure

The maximal syllable structure in Aséta is (C)(w, j, r)V(C) where C = any consonant and V = any vowel. The typical syllable, however, tends toward V & CV structures.

Allowed Clusters


Noun Phrases


1. na 11. nona
2. ne 12. nesána 20. nédna
3. a 13. ána 30. éna
4. ka 14. kapána 40. kábna
5. ra 15. réna 50. reréna
6. ta 16. takána 60. tákna
7. muv 17. muvána 70. múrna
8. ha 18. héna 80. hehéna
9. oyó 19. lána 90. órna
10. néta 100. aneténa
1000. nóma

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