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The Navani language (Navan Script: ⵀⴰⵯⴰⵏⵉ, Havani) is the language spoken by the Navani people, the native people of mainland Nava. There are several different dialects spoken in different parts of Nava, and the languages of the native peoples of the Bay Islands are related to Navani, although different enough to be classified as separate languages. The writing scripts used are Tifinagh and Latin.

PhonologyEdit

Note: for consonants, being placed to the left of the dot means being voiceless, and to the right voiced. For vowels, being placed to the left of the dot means being unrounded, and to the right rounded.

ConsonantsEdit

Labial Dental Palatal Velar Glottal
Nasal . m . n
Stop p . b t . d k . g
Sibilant fricative s . z
Non-sibilant fricative . v th . h .
Approximant . j
Trill . r
Lateral approximant . l

There is one co-articulated consonant, ⟨w⟩ /w/.

VowelsEdit

Front Central Back
Close i . u
Close-mid . o
Open-mid e .
Open a .

Pronunciation of ⟨a⟩ varies between /a/ and /ä/. ⟨e⟩ is usually pronounced as /ɛ/, but occasionally as /e/.

PhonotacticsEdit

The syllable formula is (C)V(C), with V a vowel and C a consonant. Consonants beginning syllables are common, though not obligatory, and can be any consonant. However, consonants ending syllables are relatively rare, and are restricted to a few specific consonants: b, n, s and w.

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