La Luniwen Phonology [læ lʌ'ni.wɪn fəˈnɒ.lə.dʒi]

Vowels :

La Luniwen has 15 vocal phonemes (plus 3 nasal phonemes).

Consonants :

La Luniwen has 16 consonants, including 3 semivowels (plus 7 allophones).

  Bilabial Labio-
Alveolar Palato-
Palatal Velar Labio-
Nasal m n       ɲ      
Stop p        b     t        d     k     g    
Fricative   f       v   s        z ʂ        ʐ   x   h
Approximant     ɥ     j   w  
Lateral fricative       ɬ        ɮ          
Lateral approximant        l          

Phonotactics, allophony and reparations

The syllable structure of La Luniwen is a simple CV(C). The colors refer to the Luniwen Orthography table.

Αs for the vowels, La Luniwen is always phonemic. The only documented case of vocalic reparation is the ordinal prefix дӹ- [də] that strenghens into ды- [dɯ] when stressed.

As for the consonants, there are only seven regular rules which triggers allophony or reparations.

  1. д /d/ is always devoiced into [t] in final position.
  2. Each consonant having a devoiced allophone will be devoiced when directly following ь /x/.
  3. ў /w/ is weakened into [ɥ] when following a "pre-posterior" vowel : ӹ /ə/, ӛ /ʊ/, ө /ɤ/ or ә /ʌ/.
  4. ъ /h/ is always mute when following м /m/, в /v/ or д /d/.
  5. ъ /h/ becomes й /j/ when following ь /x/.
  6. You must add ь /x/ after a final і /ɪ/ when adding a suffix to it.
  7. Clitics like the definite article, the noun classifiers and the verb aspects aren't considered as distinct from the word they're linked to. Thus the rule n°1 doesn't apply if the linked word is right behind and starts with any letter but ъ /h/ or a semivowel, and the rule n°2 allophony is triggered if the clitic ends with ь /x/ (for example, the definite article лаь [lax]).


The word stress is always on the second-to-last syllable. No exception. And yes, that means the rule n°7 applies before a monosyllabic noun/verb.