Wippwo

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Lo Neire Wippwo
[lɔ 'ne.rɛ 'wip.pwɔ ]
Period c. 1250-1600
Spoken in Kasca
Total speakers 5 million
Writing system adapted
Fáralo script
Classification Edastean
 Eastern
  Kascan
   Naidda
    Wippwo
Typology
Basic word order V1; nonconfigurational
Morphology fusional
Alignment direct
Credits
Created by Arzena, concept by Zompist

This article describes the standard language of the prosperous mercantile city of Hana, capital of the eponymous and current chief Kascan regional power, the Serene Republic of Hana, circa 1475 YP. Neire Wippwo was originally a regional descendant of Naidda spoken in a forgotten corner of the Eige Delta (the Naidda etymon of Wippwo means 'the stinking mud'). Around 200 years before the time of this grammar, a new channel to the sea had opened up in the Wippwo. This, at first, was a result of the natural changes the course of the Delta's riverways. In the 1300s a major hurricane struck the Delta and hastened the formation of the Wippwo Passage.

The Passage began on the northern edge of the Delta, and, soon, traders from Huyfarah started plying the new route as a shortcut into the Delta. New towns sprung up with the increased volume of people and trade moving through the region. It came as no surprise that these new settlements were reputed as seedy places, mixing a riot of nationalities, colorful rogues, and hard-pressed lawmen into the stinking mud of the Delta. Needless to say, there are many fun parties in Hana, and even the stuffy literati of Ussor will tap their feet to the sultry beats of ados and bada.

Of the new prosperity in the Delta, the village turned boom town of Hana prospered the most. It gained from organizing a passage tax through the Delta based on the act of passage itself, the total tonnage of cargo, and the type of cargo itself. Due to Hana's short distance from the ocean, foreigner merchants established their bases of operations in Hana; these people, in turn, demanded and created the comforts of high civilization, and so the cycle continued until Hana found itself a bustling city nicknamed 'The Pearl of the Bayou'.

Within the past century, Hana has expanded its political clout in the Delta. Its power is not yet the hard strength reminiscent of Athalē or Huyfarah but a softer power. Every notable Delta town has a Hana Yard (a compound featuring warehouses, markets, living quarters, entertainment, and diplomatic offices); abroad, there are Hana Yards on the Dagam Islands and Ussor, Azbǽbu, Sertek and other cities and towns along the Huyfarahn coast.

The full name of the language is Neire Wippwo, meaning the Naidda of the Wippwo region. It is referred to as both Neire or Wippwo, with the latter more common. In reference to its famous bilabial trill, it receives the name Wibbo both affectionately and disparagingly.

Phonology

Phonemes

Labial Labiodental Dental Alveolar Postalveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Voiceless Plosive p /p/ t /t/ k /k/
Voiced Plosive b /b/ d /d/ g /g/
Voiceless Fricative f /f/ s /s/ š /ʃ/ h /h/
Voiced Fricative β /β/ v /v/ z /z/ ž /ʒ/ γ /ɣ/
Nasal m /m/ n /n/ ng /ŋ/
Lateral l /l/ ll /ʎ/
Trill r /r/
Approximant w /w/ y /j/


  • <ng> represents /ŋ/ initially and in syllable codae but /ŋg/ intervocalically.
  • <ǧ> will be an alternate way of writing /ɣ/

Vowels

Wippwo has eleven vowel phonemes: 8 oral and 3 nasal.

Front Central Back
High i /i/ u /u/
Mid High     ei /e/ ou /o/
Mid Low e /ɛ/ o /ɔ/
Low a /a/


Front Central Back
High
Mid High     /ẽ/
Mid Low õ /ɔ̃/
Low ã /ã/

Wippwo has one true diphthong /ɔa/. In the standard, it is reduced when unstressed to [wə]

  • Circumflexes may also be used to transcribe the nasal vowels.

Stress

Words are regularly stressed on the first syllable.

Allophony and Dialectal Variation

There are four major dialects of Wippwo: Hat (Ya'n), Hana (Yana'a, not a classical Kascan city), Mumbá (Momuva'ean), and Nurol (Niddolan). As the state of Wippwo expanded in the 13th century, the complexities of government demanded a single language. The eventual standard, termed Neirebo, 'elite Neire', was an amalgamation of the vocabulary of Hana and the phonology of Hat. Its only serious competition came from the academic and literary Momuva'eans, who boasted of their connection to the ancient Tsinakan.


Short of a major dialectal phonemic analysis, the most noticeable differences are outlined in the following consonants in the order Hat, Hana, Mumbá, and Nurol.


/h/

1. #_ [ h | j | Ø | w ] Ha, Ya, A, Wa Aiwa River

(Hana's replacement of /h/ with [j] is an incomplete sound change from Naidda. Originally /j/ > [h], but the reverse was analogized somewhere along the line, rendering hypercorrections of /h/ from Naidda as [j]).

2. _C, _#: [ ː | ː | ʃ | x ] dahmoh, dahmoh, dašmoš, daxmox searching-AVN

3. V_V : [ h | ħ | h | x ] kupeiha, kupeiħa, kupeiha, kupeixa hit-PVN

/ɣ/

1. all positions: [ ɣ | ħ | h | x ] Dahhã, Daħã, Dahã, Daxã Dagam Islands

/ʎ/

1. all positions: [ ʎ | lʲ | j | ʒ ] Tolla, Tolya, Toya, Toža the god Tolya

/β/

1. #_ [ β | b | v | w ]

2. V_V [ ʙ | ʙ | v | w ]

  • [ʙ] is a feature of upper class urban speech. This feature is spreading among the other dialects

Noun Phrase

Structure

The order of the noun phrase is based on the following function:

NP: [(Determiner) Noun (Modifier)]

The determiner slot is further subdivided into

D: [(article/deitic) (possessive pronoun) (number) (non-numeric quantifier)] Noun

lo di

the tree


l-oβ di

the many trees


ežou di

your tree

  • cf l-ežou di, ' your tree (as opposed to mine or his'. Mumbá and Nurol extended the definite article to all nouns modified by a possessive pronoun.

ahei iš oa di

my six all tree

all my six trees

Articles and Deictics

Clitic Meaning
lo the
u a, some
do as for
go this
šo that

When these particles precede a vowel-initial nominal, they elide to their initial consonant.

*u-ah-->w-ah
a woman

*go-all-->g-all
this fire


The clitic u is not used as a catch all indefinite article. Compare:

  • ah oadoula
  • a woman came


  • w-ah oadoula
  • some woman (I don't know who) came

Possessive Pronouns

There are six possessive pronouns. Plural forms were created from unstressed enclitic pronouns.

Person Pronoun
1 ahei, hoβe
2 ežou, žong
3 a, awer

Non-Numeric Quantifiers

Quantifier Meaning
wa a few, a minority of
nam some, however many
many, lots of
hi most
mei no, none of
oa all, each

Numbers

Number Cardinal Ordinal x10
1 ke ike
2 ni ini nirou
3 woa uwou woarou
4 boa ubou boarou
5 du udu durou
6 hiš šurou
7 mem imẽ mẽrou
8 son isõ sõrou
9 nil inil nurou
10 roa urou

Other important numbers: keiša 100, keišrou 1000, roašou 10,000

Naidda borrowed, 1, 4, and 8 from Fáralo and were in common use. In designing the standard, the framers sought to purge this "foreign" influence from the nascent language. Nonetheless, the Fáralo numbers šei, bu, dei are still used, but are considered hallmarks of uneducated speech.

Sample Text

Tsinakan Stele

Stei meiloa git Šengã, lo žah košõ om lo lo om Kaš; lo mužo om lo šoudol ã lo šor:

Sla peha γin lo spo om ahei meββe ei, steβõ l-oa laša hi, hullõ wei. Git meiβõ lo laša šo hi.

AUX(NF-IMP) say-he Šengã, DEF-king great, DEF-king of DEF-land of.3 Kasca, DEF-brother of DEF-sun and DEF-moon, thus:

Before.3 sit-AVN with.3 DEF-throne of my father I, COP(NF-IMP)-they DEF-all country foreign, hostile for.1. Thus say-they DEF-country nearby foreign:

==

Do-lõze ni lo-Kana šouna moareloa

Ewurei steiža minõ dahmoh poa

N malou kenouyei

Ero meilou: "Ni nãlou na fatei

Ni shit reβou do-lõze

Ngou wou va smedaβe

N šouna mausu galou".


Because in the world the truth has faded,

I decided to go a-searching for it

and wherever I asked

everybody said: 'search in another place

because truth is lost in such a way

such as we can have no news of it

and it's no longer around here'.


[dO.'lO~.zE ni lO.'ka.n@ 'So.n@ mwa.'rE5.w@

E.'wu.re 'ste.Z@ 'mi.nO~ dam:ox pw@

E~ 'ma.lo kE.'no.je

'E.rO 'melo ni 'na~.lo na 'fa.te

ni Sit 're.Bo dO.'lO~.zE

No wo va smE.'da.BE

E~ 'So.n@ 'mau.su 'ga.o]


as for-truth in def-world AOR dark-3sg

decide-1sg NF.INCP go search.AVN for.3sg

and wherever ask.PRET

everyone say.PRET-3sg in.3sg someplace IMP search

in.3sg that.way lost as for-truth

as of.3sg ABIL NEG.IRR-have

and it NEG.now here