|Native name||lokh Dhêçnam|
|Info available||grammar, word list (1100 words)|
The Dhekhnami language is the official language of Dhekhnam, the ktuvok empire in eastern Ereláe. Outside the empire it’s often assumed that it’s the language of the ktuvoks themselves, but it’s a human language, a member of the Eynleyni family; in particular, that of eastern Demóshimor, the leading human portion of the empire, and even more particularly that of Ornakh, the capital.
- Stops p t k b d g
- Affricates tl ts dz ch j
- Fricatives th dh sh zh (ç) kh gh
- Nasals n m (ŋ)
- Liquids y w l r
- Vowels i e (ê) u o (ô) a
The parenthesized sounds are almost entirely allophonic. For example, Dhekhnami has developed an ich/ach-Laut distinction as in German, with the former allophone being written as ç and the latter as kh.
Dhekhnami morphology is more complex than that of Munkhâshi, largely due to fusions introduced by sound change. The rank system of Munkhâshi has however been reduced from five to three ranks (now supplemented by a pronominal system).
The language is VSO and largely head-initial.
Pekiban shujyoshno khyibosh zh çinpaban wawaja at.
open.D.past court-man manuscript and discard.D.past pl-paper any
- The lawyer opened the manuscript and tossed out some papers.