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Neinuoian is a language family limited to the island continent of Neinuoi, unrelated to any other language family (though the Neinuoian people are Melanke, thus relatives of Kereminthic speakers). The standard dialect is that of the Eneɓek valley, in particular the capital Penoɠŋenet.
Little is known of the other Neinuoian languages, as none are written and outside travelers are few. Neinuoian proper is found on the eastern coast, and its sister languages on the north, particularly in Tlenemukli, Mutekuže, and Mutetuɗu.
- Stops: p t k (mb nd) ɓ ɗ ɠ
- Fricatives: v ʄ ž h
- Liquids/nasals: l m n ŋ
- Vowels: ɑ e i o u æ (ɑ is written a)
Word-initially, the implosives ɓ ɗ ɠ appear as (prenasalized) mb nd and (velar) ŋ, respectively.
The language is VSO, head-initial, with a fusional verbal morphology.
Kikiau tlene žipmin, pituh nonɗen epte žipmin ŋoʄan.
cause-lose-1s.past country you.pl-of / be-3p therefore god-pl you.pl-of strong-nom-lacking
I conquered your country, so your gods are powerless.