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iljena [iʎjena] is spoken by the Leyen people of lijin kovt [lijin kovt], a planet orbiting Δ Pavonis, a star about 20 light years from Earth in the southern hemisphere. The name means, literally "Leyen speak", illustrating a key point of iljena grammar - that every word is a noun and a verb at the same time. The language has a monovalent clause-chaining syntax.

The Leyen are in cultural contact with Earth, which they call himin kovt [himin kovt] (English is generally known as ihmena[ixmena], although the term can be applied to any human language), and Terjemar, which they refer to as kilin kovt[kilin kovt], (Kēlen is known as iklena [iklena])