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  
Pronounced: [ˈwan.ja]
Timeline and Universe: here and now
Species: humans
Total speakers: 1
Writing system: alphabet
Genealogy: isolate
Basic word order: SVO
Creator: Fenhl
Created: from January 2011 onward
This page contains text in the Wanya alphabet and romanization. It renders best if you have the Unifont CSUR and Geneva fonts installed.

Wanya (  , Wan ya Fenxəl) is a conlang by Fenhl. It serves mostly as their personal language, although a sketch conculture exists.

Phoneme inventory

Bilabial Labiod. Dental Alveolar Post-alv. Palatal Velar Uvular Glottal
Nasal m n ŋ
Plosive p b t d k g
Fricative β f v ð s z x ɣ ʁ
Approximants w ɹ j
Trill r
Lateral Approximant l ʎ
  • In syllable codas, [ʃ] replaces [s].
  • In syllable codas, [ʒ] replaces [z].
  • [β] and [ʙ] are in free variation.
  • [ʁ] and [ʀ] are in free variation.
Front Near-front Central Near-back Back
High i u
High-mid ɘ
Low-mid ɛ ɔ
Low a
  • In diphthongs and next to /j/, [ɪ] replaces [i].
  • In stressed syllables, /ɘ/ is pronounced [e].
  • In unstressed syllables, /ɘ/ is pronounced [ə] or dropped.
  • [a] and [ɐ] are in free variation.

Syllable structure

The structure of Wanya syllables can be described in pseudo-awkwords-code as:


with the following parameters:

  • A=pf/bv/ts/dz/kx/ɡɣ
  • C=b/d/ɡ/w/p/t/k/ð/β/v/z/ɣ/m/n/ŋ/f/s/x
  • L=l/ʎ/r/ʁ/ɹ/j
  • N=m/n/ŋ/s/ts/z/dz
  • V=i/ɘ/u/ɛ/a/ɔ

This pseudocode does not reflect several details, like the fact that a diphthong may not consist of two instances of the same vowel.


See also Wanya/Orthography for more information

Wanya's native script is an alphabet: each phoneme is represented by one of several letters. Normally the language is written in small letters, but the first letter of a name, and the first letter of the first word of a sentence is a capital one. When a name consists of multiple words in the original language, it is written in PascalCase. Abbreviations are written in all-caps. Consonants have two letters — the capital and small letter — and vowels have four letters — capital and small versions of the standard and diphthong letters. The diphthong letters are only used for the second vowel in a diphthong, e.g. the i in rais would be represented by the small diphthong letter, while the ï in raïs would be represented by the small standard letter. In the table below, the diphthong letters follow the standard letters.

There are two romanizations: the Unicode-based romanization which always has exactly one letter for one sound (or letter in the native script), and the ASCII-friendly romanization which only uses Latin capital and small letters, spaces, and optionally punctuation marks. Here they are in comparison:

Phoneme Alphabet Unicode-based ASCII-friendly
b d ɡ Б b D d G g B b D d G g
w ɹ j W w Я ɹ Y y W w Ll ll J j
p t k P p T t K k P p T t K k
ð l ʎ Δ δ L l Λ λ Dd dd L l Y y
i ɘ u       I i Ǝ ə U u I i X x U u
β r ʁ B β R r Bb bb Rr rr R r
v z ɣ V v Z z Γ γ V v Z z Gg gg
m n ŋ M m N n Ŋ ŋ M m N n Nn nn
f s x F f S s X x F f S s Kk kk
ɛ a ɔ       E e A a O o E e A a O o

The Unicode-based romanization uses the diaeresis to indicate a vowel cluster, for example:

  • rais [raɪʃ]
  • raïs [ra.iʃ]
  • kuäi [ku.aɪ]
  • kuaï [kua.i]
  • kuäï [ku.a.i]

Each example could theoretically be a different word. Kuai cannot be a Wanya word since triphthongs are not allowed.

Since the native alphabet doesn't use any punctuation marks, they are optional in the romanizations.

This article only uses the Unicode-based romanization, not the ASCII-friendly one.


  • The basic sentence structure is subject-verb-object.
    • The subject is left out when the verb is in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd person. (Unlike Spanish, not leaving the subject out for emphasis is very bad style.) Conversely, the 4th person requires the subject to be explicitly mentioned.
    • the definition of a verb includes a list of thematic relation slots. Similarly to Lojban, objects listed after the verb are assumed to have the thematic relation of their respective slots. In order to leave a single slot empty, insert the null object  ŋi. For two or three empty slots, use  ŋiŋi or  ŋisti, respectively.
  • There is no number marking on nouns or verbs, i.e. no grammatical distinction between singular and plural. The adjective  dazyi "multiple" can be used to mark something as plural, or alternatively numbers in a usual adjective slot.


Verbs are inflected according to tense (present, future, past), modality (indicative, imperative, declarative), and person (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th).

The infinitive form of a Wanya verb always ends on a vowel or diphthong, followed by -nda. Verbs are inflected by removing that and adding the suffix from the table below.

  indicative imperative declarative
present 1 oy usoy uvoy
2 es ues uves
3 a usa uva
4 (ə) us (ə)fu
future 1 (ə)moy usmoy uvəmoy
2 (ə)mes umes uvəmes
3 (ə)ma usma uvəma
4 (ə)m um (ə)fum
past 1 oyats usoyats uvoyats
2 ets uets uvets
3 ats usats uvats
4 (ə)ts uts uvəts


  • an ə in parentheses is only inserted if the inflected verb wouldn't fit into the syllable structure otherwise. It is always pronounced as [ə].


Adjectives are "augmented" by inserting one of the following infixes directly before the nucleus of the adjective's last syllable:

  • id — definitely
  • ist — very
  • ifa — extremely

For example, with the adjective  fis (happy), it would be ,  fidis,  fistis,  fifaïs. With the adjective  ani (long), it would be ,  anidi,  anisti,  anifaï.

Adverbs are to verbs what adjectives are to nouns, and Wanya treats them exactly this way.


Wanya uses a quinary (base-5) number system. The digits are:

  • 0 — nai
  • 1 — vo
  • 2 — duŋ
  • 3 — ista
  • 4 — fa

In spoken Wanya, these digits are simply chained together: 40 = 1305 = vostanai (ista is shortened to sta when it occurs after another digit). These are the basic rules for saying numbers in Wanya. There are the following exceptions:

  • 0 as a number (not as a digit) is translated as mau.
    • Ordinal numbers start at 0, not at 1 (just like in computer science). This 0 is translated as nai.
  • If a number is or starts in vonai, this is replaced by səë.
  • If a number is or starts in vovo, this is replaced by gou.
  • The sequence nainai, if it is not surrounded by more nai, is replaced by bis.
  • If a digit occurs exactly twice in a row, the second occurrence is replaced by yam.
  • If a digit other than nai occurs exactly thrice in a row, the second and third occurrences are, together, replaced by parə.
  • If a digit occurs multiple times in a row, the sequence is replaced by the digit in question, kure, the length of the sequence, and mai.

In written Wanya, the first letter of the word for a number word is used to write that number. They are as follows:

  • Бbis
  • Dduŋ
  • Ggou
  • Yyam
  • Pparə
  • Kkure
  • Iista (this is used even if the i is dropped in the spoken form)
  • Vvo
  • Mmau / mai
  • Nnai
  • Ssəë

These letters are also simply chained together. All numbers are prefixed with either the symbol for the unit if there is one, or the number sign #.

Some examples:

  • 5 = 105 = #S
  • 7 = 125 = #VD
  • 18 = 335 = #IY
  • 40 = 1305 = #VIN
  • 42 = 1325 = #VID
  • 50 = 2005 = #DB
  • 813 = 112235 = #VYDYI
  • 1024 = 130445 = #VINFY
  • 1000000 = 2240000005 = #DYINKGM
  • 29103830456733703613281 = 1111111111111111111111111111111115 = #GVKGVM
  • 10842021724855044340074528008699417114257812 = 222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222225 = #DKDPM

To quantify a noun, a number word can be used as an adjective: naya #IDV is “87 cats”.

The kaskanyo is used as a point separating whole numbers and fractions.


See also Wanya/Vocabulary for more information

Example texts

For more example texts, see the translations on CALS.

Na benəmo fis ani
Na benəmo fis ani
/na bɛ.nə.mɔ fi ʃa.ni/
Hopefully live-IMP.FUT.2 happy long
May you live happy and long.
Inspired by the Vulcan salute, this is a common farewell in the conculture.

Kema emyəs altəto keꝛə λəna Ŋi dꝛəta kaska
Kema emyəs altəto keꝛə λəna Ŋi dꝛəta kaska
/kɛ.ma ɛm.jeʃ al.tə.tɔ kɛ.ʁə ʎe.na _ ŋi dʁe.ta kaʃ.ka/
Man last sit-IND.PST.4 LOC room Null work-4.IND.PST door
The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door...
The “world's shortest horror story”, as posted by Even Tolo Dybevik in the Conlangs Facebook group.


Wanya has been used in several relays:

Relay Torchbearer Torch status
Conlang Relay 19 Fenhl Published — link
Conlang Relay 20 Fenhl Published — link
LCC6 Relay Fenhl Published — link