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abauble (/eɪbɑbəl/) is the name of the most widely-spoken language on the planet abauble, home to the abaubli. spoken by the native inhabitants and intergalactic diaspora at large, it was implemented by an Académie abaublaise¹ long ago in abaubli history as the lingua franca and eventually managed to kill off all other languages on the planet outside of textbooks limited to the academia.

outside of its fictional history, the form you see here is actually the second version of my first conlang, abubble, which was about as creative and challenging as you might imagine a baby's first conlang to be. abubble was originally little more than english with some funny verb tricks, and its revival as the much-improved and much more interesting abauble grew from an attempt at a "scientific" language into a personal thought experiment about a language without verbs. this idea has been pioneered before me and was done much more elegantly, but i'm still fond of the workarounds i came up with.

this description of the abauble language presumes a basic familiarity with linguistic terms and uses conlanger's standard IPA notation, with orthographic representations in angle brackets, phonemic transcriptions between slashes, and phonetic transcriptions in square brackets.


abauble has a small phoneme inventory consisting of 6 vowels and 8 consonants, displayed here with their romanizations:
vowel romanization consonant romanization
/a~ɒ/ <a> /l ɫ ɾ/ <l ll r>
/ɛ/ <e> /q/ <q>
/u o/ <o o'> /m n/ <m n>
/i ɪ/ <i i'> /w h~x/ <u h>

* /ɫ/ never begins a word.
* /ɫ/ is never followed by /w/.
* vowels, when they occur next to each other, are realized as seperate syllables. some dialects insert a slight /h/ between two vowels, while others may use /j/.
* the pure form peddled by l'académie abaublaise makes use of neither.
* in some dialects, /w/ may be realized as /ʋ/. in others, though more uncommon, it may even be /v~f/.
* in many dialects, /ɫ/ may be reduced to /l/ if it does not occur at the end of a word.
* in two-syllable words, the stress is placed on the first syllable. in 3+, the penultimate.

for the purposes of this abauble description i will be using the rollo onele (/ɾulu unɛlɛ/) dialect, spoken by the mother of one of my favorite abaubli original characters. rollo onele is the name of the town she is from. the rollo onele dialect reduces their /ɫ/s, inserts /h/ between their vowels, and realizes their /w/s as /w/.

1. cheap shot at l'académie française, who i find hilarious. they're called les immortels for someone's sake!