Language: English

Total speakers: unknown
Language family: Demonic
Writing system: Demonic alphabet, various others

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The language of the Demons, the Demonic language is attested poorly, however, is used by various Demonic cultists, alongside its native speakers, the Demons.

Phonology Edit

Since the Demonic language was only attested briefly during the Demonic Invasions of Artograch, a linguists have to rely on an underwhelming amount of evidence to guess how the Demons pronounce words and what kind of sounds does the Demonic language even have.

Consonants Edit

- Labial Dental Alveolar Palatal Velar
Nasal <m> [m] <n> [n] <ng> [ŋ]
Stop Fortis <p> [p] or [pʰ]* <p> [t] or [tʰ] <ch> [t͡ʃ] or [t͡ʃʰ] <k> [k] or [kʰ~kˣ]
Lenis <b> [b] or [p~b] <b> [d] or [t~d] <j> [d͡ʒ] or [t͡ʃ~d͡ʒ] <g> [g] or [k~g]
Fricative Voiceless <f> [f] or [ɸ] <th> [θ] <s> [s] <sh> [ʃ] <h> [x] or [χ]
Voiced <v> [v] or [β] <z> [z] or [d͡z]* <y> [j~ʝ] <gh/ŕ> [ɣ~ʁ~ʀ]
Approximant <w> [w] <l> [l] <r> [ɾ~r]*
  • The non-sibilant fricatives /f v θ x ɣ/ never appear after nasals. In conjugations, they are replaced by /p b t k g/ after words that end with nasals.
  • The fortis /p/ appears only after nasals. Considering how /f/ never appears after nasals, it is reasonable to assume, that [p] is not an independent phoneme, but an allophone of /f/ after nasals.
  • The consonantal system of the Demonic language holds a lot of ambiguities:
    • It is unknown, if the fortis-lenis distinction is between voiceless [p t t͡ʃ k] and between voiced [b d d͡ʒ g], or aspirated [pʰ tʰ t͡ʃʰ kʰ] and unaspirated [p~b t~d t͡ʃ~d͡ʒ k~g]. Evidence for both is equivocal.
    • It is unknown if /z/ is a fricative [z] or an affricate [d͡z]. Most likely, it was a fricative in coda position, affricate in every other position.
    • It is unknown what is the exact realization of /r/. It could be an alveolar trill [r], flap [ɾ] or approximant [ɹ]. It is assumed that it's an alveolar flap/trill [ɾ~r].
    • The exact realization of /ɣ/ is also unknown, although it is said that it was either "a guttural burr remiscent of a dog's growling" - in other words, [ʀ~ʁ] - or "a softer version of /g/" - in other words, [ɣ]. For the sake of simplicity, we assume it's a post-velar / pre-uvular trill/fricative, symbolized by either [ʀ̟~ʁ̟] or [ʀ̟~ɣ̠].

Vowels Edit

Front Back
Close <í> [iː] <ú> [uː]
<i> [ɪ]
Mid <é> [eː]
<e> [e̞] <o> [o~ʊ]
Open <ę> [æː]
<a> [a] <ą> [ɒ~ɔ]