I was largely inspired by Guaraní's nasal harmony and a more minimal phonology with different contrasts than what I'm used to, also implosives.
So without further ado, here's the proof I'm not dead:
/p t k q ʔ/ <p t k q ʔ>
/tʰ kʰ/ <th kh>
/ⁿb ⁿd ⁿɡ ⁿɢ/ <m n ŋ ň>
/ɓ ɗ/ <b d>
/s z h/ <s z h>
/ʋ ɾ j ɰ ʀ/ <v r y w x>
/i u a/ <i u a>
Vowels also distinguish length, nasality and between plain and creaky phonation, they're transcribed with a macron, ogonek and tilde respectively.
The basic syllable is CV with a maximum syllable of C(ʋ, ɥ, ɰ)V(s, z, ʀ) and roots tend toward monosyllabes.
- 1. Palatalisation
t tʰ s h > t͡ɕ t͡ɕʰ ɕ ç / _(i,ɥ)
k kʰ ⁿɡ > c c͡ç ⁿɟ / _(i,ɥ)
2. Uvular dropping
i u > ɪ ʊ / U_ / _U
3. Progressive nasal harmony
V[-nasal-long-creaky] > V[+nasal] / V[+nasal]. . ._ / N_ (This Affects All Proceeding Plain Vowels / _N
ⁿb ⁿd ⁿɡ ⁿɢ > m n ŋ ɴ / _V[+nasal]
tʰ kʰ > θ x / V_V
p t k q > b d ɡ ɢ / V_V / (z,ʀ)_
5. Vowel Fronting
a u > æ ʉ / (j)_
6. Vowel Rounding & Unrounding
i > y / C[bilabial]_
u > ɯ / (ɰ)_
j ɰ > ɥ w / #_(u) / C[bilabial]_
h > ɸ / _(u,w) / C[bilabial]_
At its core nasal harmony affects all vowels proceeding from the first nasal vowel or the first prenasalised stop.
Thus mapata /ⁿba.pa.ta/ becomes [ⁿbã.pã.tã] and kįxuki /kĩ.ʀu.ki/ becomes [cĩ.ʀʊ̃.cĩ].
Keep in mind, however, that long vowels and creaky-voiced vowels, & thus all vowels following them, are unaffected thus mapãta /ⁿba.pa̰.ta/ becomes [ⁿbã.pa̰.ta] and kįxukī /kĩ.ʀu.kiː/ becomes [cĩ.ʀʊ̃.ciː]. This does extend to morpheme boundries thus kųqazqus /kũ.qaz.qus/ becomes [kũ.qãz.ɢʊ̃s].
And that's all for today kids, next time we'll talk about nominal morphology, specifically how topic marking is separate from case marking.