• Language: Sheli
  • Created: 2001
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  • Language family: personal language
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A constructed language by David J. Peterson.

Though tone conlangs aren't as rare as they once were, they're still pretty rare, and Sheli is such a conlang. I expended a lot of effort trying to create a realistic tonal system, as well as to develop a hopefully realistic set of tone sandhi rules. In addition to this, Sheli makes use of an inverse system and an animacy hierarchy as opposed to valence-shifting and word order to conjoin phrases, etc.

Language sources: Chinese, ASL, Middle Egyptian, Japanese, Kamakawi, Kelenala, Njaama, Sathir, and English.

Through classifiers, the inverse system, the animacy hierarchy, and the multi-purpose genitive construction, I've tried to mimic, in a way, the freedom of ASL constituent ordering in an oral language. Every device is intended to achieve that end.