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Akasi is my attempt at a "universal language". While I do not believe a universal language is either possible or recommendable, this is a project devoted to that specific task. It is not based on any language or language group, but rather strictly upon linguistic regularities.



Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Plosive (Voiceless) p t k
Plosive (Voiced)1 b d g
Nasal m n
Fricative (Voiceless) f s h
Fricative (Voiced) v z
Approximant r2 j ‹y› w
  1. Voiced consonants only occur word-medially and may instead be articulated as making the preceding vowel long.
  2. Any rhotic.


Back Front
High i u
Low a


/aɪ/, /aʊ/


Syllable structure is (C)V(Q), where Q is a nasal, fricative, or rhotic.

([[13 onsets * 5 nuclei] + 12 affricates+/a/,/aɪ/,/aʊ/)] * 6 codas {[[ + 5 voiced onsets * 5 nuclei] + 12 voiced affricates+/a/,/aɪ/,/aʊ/] * 6 codas} = 462 monosyllables, 222 word-medial syllables.

  • Coronal (labial and alveolar) consonants assimilate place regressively in contact.
  • Voicing assimilates regressively in contact.


SVO, head-initial.

Analytical language with minimal differentiation.

These larger cattle-dogs here that we saw to buy were cheaply purchased by my father.

SUBJECT Noun adjunct Adjectival Phrase Number Adnominal Complement Determiner/Genitive Infinitive Phrase Relative clause VERB+Adverb+Tense+Voice Preposition OBJECT Noun adjunct Adjectival Phrase Number Adnominal Complement Determiner/Genitive Relative clause Infinitive Phrase
(The) Dog cattle large +more [plural] here these to buy that we saw were cheaply purchased by father my.

Nominal Suffixes

Noun 'ar
Verb 'in
Adjective 'ish
Adverb ri

Pronominal Suffixes

  • Plural: ti
  • Reflexive: sif