The Arahau language is polysynthetic and typologically active. This is unlike most artificial languages. Each vowel designates a noun, and consonants designate grammatical formants. This system often lets Arahau produce compact speech. Arahau has been found to have similarities with Basque and Nakh-Dagestanian languages.
Arahau is a minimal language. It has 26 phonemes (not including diphthongs and triphthongs) and about 100 main root words. Grammar is minimally inflected. The valency of a verb and word order determine case, because it is an active-stative language. Auxiliary formants mark constructions such as questions, negative polarity, and grammatical aspects. Arahau has a system of noun classes. They are marked by vowels (a – the humans, u – the animals, i – the plants, o – the names etc.).
Arahau is inspired by natural philosophy and dualism. There are only two grammatical genders, tenses (real and irreal), grammatical numbers, personal pronouns (near and far), grammatical cases (translative case and possessive), parts of speech (the verb and the noun) etc.
Arahau uses only the Subject Verb Object (SVO) word order.
Arahau it is the only conlang, which can to form a numbers like sextillion and above. For example: az - million, zaharg - billion, zahac - quadrillion, zard - pentillion.
Arahau is currently ranked #7 as the Best Conlang of All Time on ListNerd.
The alphabet and reading
Each letter corresponds to one phoneme (one precise sound). Pronunciation does not depend on a letter's position in a word. In particular, consonants at the end of a word are never silenced, and vowels do not change. The accent in words varies and falls, as a rule, on a root verb.
The pronunciation of practically all letters can be assumed without special preparation (M, N, K, etc.) The pronunciation of others is significant:
Arahau uses double consonants (geminates), even at the beginning of a word. The structure of words is not uniform: There can be congestions of consonants, both in the beginning, and in the end. The usual construction of a word that consists of a maximal cluster is сссVссс.
Hoisiragausaat, otloeza chareasguoasaat
Nohaulsyroklaat marocozusfarfslop. (Redaction 2013)
"Arahau emerged in 2006 on the initiative of the writer and Russian poet Ivan Karasev. This language, a minima, is equipped with a flag: its somewhat abstract drawing is based on white and red, symbols of “dualism” and “natural philosophy” which seem to have inspired the language, without any other details for the moment".
"L’Arahau a émergé en 2006 à l’initiative de l’écrivain et poète russe Ivan Karasev (Né en 1970 à Krasnodar). Cette langue a minima (l’Arahau ne comporte que vingt-six phonèmes et environ cent “mots-racines”) est dotée d’un drapeau: son dessin quelque peu abstrait est basé sur le blanc et le rouge, symboles du “dualisme” et de la “philosophie naturelle” qui semblent avoir inspiré la langue, sans autre détail pour le moment".
(Patrice de La Condamine).
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