Yzixmw

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Yzix
Yzixmw
Pronunciation/ˈjʌzɪksmuː/
RegionŪdzđąnąrąt, Islas M y M (Ardisphere)
Native speakers<50,000 (as of 2000)
Language familyUdenarrat
Early formsunknown
  • Yzix
Writing systemFifth Udil alphabet
Romantian alphabet
OGFL-1yz
OGFL-2yzi

Yzixmw, also known as 'Yzix', is a language spoken on the Oceanic Island of Ūdzđąnąrąt (Udenarrat). The terms 'Yzixmw' and 'Yzix' are used interchangeably, although Yzix technically refers to the language and Yzixmw to the speakers of the language. It was thought to be a language isolate, with no known affinities and unattributable to any other linguistic groups, until the late 20th century, when studies by Arksbury International University identified similarities with other Udenarrat languages, especially Manjaal.

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Yzix is also spoken on the neighbouring island of E'tena where a a small number of individuals are bi-lingual in Yzix and Utz, Yzix and Dontdū or Yzix and Ingerish. Research was carried out on the language by Arksbury International University in Gobrassanya in the 1990's.[1]
An Ūdzđąnąrąt manuscript in the Yzix language dating from the 14th Century. The only known extant text using the Fourth Udil alphabet. The text describes the death of the 'Tapi King' and the plans for a celebration following his death. Arksbury Archives, Arksbury International University.
On Ūdzđąnąrąt, the language is spoken around a third of inhabitants, which indicates there are between 20,000 and 50,000, speakers. Yzix speakers live mostly in the north and east of the island. Additionally, there are over one thousand speakers on the Islas M y M in the Ardisphere. On Ūdzđąnąrąt it is generally written using the Fifth Udil alphabet which dates from the 16th century. This alphabet is written right to left starting at the bottom of the page, although some Yzixmw are able to read it reversed. In the Ardisphere a modified romantian script is used.

Examples of words include:

Good - Rw

Day - Humom

Water - Smwt

Green - Rorp

People (who can speak Yzix) - Mw

People (who can't speak Yzix) - Kaalamwdin

Aat - Mountain

References

  1. The Yzix language - origins, phonetics and transcriptions. Koh, Z.Q. Gobrassanyan Journal of Linguistics, AIU. Vol XIX 1995. Retrieved 18 March 2016.