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Kinuk'aaz is spoken by the Omec people.


Labial Alveolar Velar Guttural
Nasal m n~ŋ~ɴ
Plosive voiceless p t k ʔ(')
voiced b d g
ejective t' k' q'
Fricative voiceless s h
voiced v z
Affricate voiceless ts
voiced dz
ejective ts'
Other l ʀ(r)

The velar and uvular nasals are allophones of [n] in certain environments.

Front Central Back
unrounded rounded
High i, iː(ii) y, yː ɨ u, uː(uu)
Mid e ø o
Low a, aː(aa)

The language's diphthongs are [ai], [ia], [øy], and [oy]. Previous versions used to have the imposives [ɓ] and [ɗ]. There is also consonant mutation.


Syllables follow a (C)(A)V(C) structure, with the "A" representing approximants and [v]. Generally the last syllable of the root is stressed. Verbs end up taking one to two suffixes routinely, though, so it often sounds like stress is penultimate or antepenultimate. It’s usually the nouns where you consistently hear word-final stress.

Writing System[]

Kinuk'aaz uses an alphabet called Zaduusel.


The language is rich in internally-headed relative clauses, infixes and circumfixes, and 11 classifiers.