Ta Raonta

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Stonelandic
Ta Raonta
Spoken in: Stoneland (Hajax Raonta)
Conworld: Bazariya (continent)
Total speakers: 15 million
Genealogical classification: Pan-Bazariyan
Drakenarian
Central Drakenarian
Stonelandic
Basic word order: SOV
Morphological type: inflecting
Morphosyntactic alignment: nominative-accusative
Created by:
Y. Anné 2003

Ta Raonta (literally "Speech One") or Stonelandic is the official language of the Kingdom of Stoneland, a country in the (undiscovered) continent of Bazariya. It is the standardized form of the so-called "King's Speech" which used to be the lingua franca par excellence in Bazariya. Nowadays, it is spoken mainly in Stoneland, and taught all over Bazariya as a means of cultural development.


Phonology and orthography

Phonology

The phonology shown in the tables beneath is that of the official standard, as spoken by news anchors and other role models in society. In home environment, most people use a different accent, depending on the region they come from. Although this pronunciation is widely accepted to be the official one, some independist movements in the Western Region have proposed their own standards.


Consonants
Bilabial Labiod. Dental Alveolar Post-alv. Palatal Velar Glottal
Nasal m n ŋ
Plosive p b t d k g
Fricative f v s z ʃ ʒ χ
Affricate ts dz
Approximants w j
Trill r
Lateral Approximant l


Vowels
Front Near-front Central Near-back Back
High i u
Near-high
High-mid e o
Mid ə
Low-mid ɛ ɔ
Near-low
Low a

Romanized orthography

Usually, Stonelandic is written in a unique, purely logographic script. Since a romanization is easier to use in these modern, computerized times, many versions of the Latin script have been proposed. The one, given below, is the official one, although orthography can differ depending on the political wing one belongs to. Royalists, for example, are the most devoted users of the official spelling.

Every vowel can be pronounced long too, and then it takes an accent aigu (as shown in the list).

Letter Pronunciation (IPA + description)
A a / Á á a or a: (like in French Ça va.)
Aú aú ɑ: (like the au in laugh)
B b b (more or less like in English bed)
D d d (like in drink)
E e / É é ɛ or e: (like the e in bed or the a in take)
F f f (like in food)
G g g (like in great)
H h χ (like the ch in Scottish loch)
I i / Í í i or i: (like the ee in see, but shorter)
J j j (like the y in yard)
K k k (like in like)
L l l (like in French léger, not like in English)
M m m (like in moon)
N n n (like in nut)
O o ɔ or o: (like the o in dot or the French o in pivot)
P p p (like in put)
R r r (like in Italian Rimini)
S s s (like in less)
Š š (Ch ch) ʃ (like the sh in shine)
T t t (like in take)
U u / Ú ú u or u: (like in you)
V v v (like in vowel)
W w w (like in walk, but less rounded)
Z z z (like in size)
Ž ž (Zj zj) Ʒ (like the j in French je)

See also