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The Orova language (IPA: /òrovɒ/) is an Inuit language spoken by the Orova people. Orova is a pitch-accented language that exhibits vowel harmony.

Comparison Edit

English Central Yupik Iñupiatun North Baffin Inuktitut Kalaallisut Orova IPA
person yuk iñuk inuk inuk inuk /ínuk/
frost kaneq kaniq kaniq kaneq känyq /kǽnyq/
river kuik kuuk kuuk kuuk kuuk /kú:k/
outside ellami siḷami silami silami sijami /sìjámi/

Consonants Edit

Labial Alveolar Retro-
flex
Palatal Velar Uvular
cen. lat.
Nasal m n ŋ
Stop voiceless p t k q
voiced b1 d1 ɡ
Continuant voiced v r l j ɣ2
voiceless f1 s ɬ3 ʂ4
  1. /b/, /d/, and /f/ are only used in loanwords.
  2. /ɣ/ is written as <ġ>.
  3. /ɬ/ is written as <ł>.
  4. /ʂ/ is written as <š>; /tʂ/ is written as <č>.

Vowels Edit

Orova exhibits vowel harmony, with the vowels being paired in three groups: front - back - neutral.

Front
(rounded)
Neutral
(unrounded)
Back
(rounded)
Close y i u
Close-mid ø1 e o
Open æ̹2 a3 ɒ4
  1. /ø/ is written as <ö>.
  2. /æ̹/ is written as <ä>.
  3. /a/ is written as <á>.
  4. /ɒ/ is written as <a>.

Sample Edit

English Orova IPA
Today, grandfather saw a star. A star which enlightened the heavens. A star which showed where to hunt seals. Was it a dream? It proved to be reality, because when they arrived at the location the star had shown grandfather, there were plenty of seals. Aataqip ujormi ujoriaq ataaġaa. Ujoriaq čäip qilak innaajappoqaa. Ujoriaq čäip pyysinniärłynaakqimerpoqaa. Sinnassukkut vá? Suŋŋer łynniššöörqimerpoq. Tassanipputtut tyłłäġikmä čy ujoriaqip łyäätäqqimerpoq, vátut yssäpyysit. /ɒ́:tɒqip újormi újoriɒq ɒ̀tɒ:ɣɒ́: | újoriɒq tʂæp qílɒk ìn:ɒ:jɒp:oqɒ́: | újoriɒq tʂæp pỳ:sin:ærɬýnɒ̀q:imerpoqɒ́: | sín:ɒs:uk:ut vá | súŋ:er ɬýn:iʂ:ǿ:rqimerpoq | tɒ́s:ɒnip:út:ut týɬ:æɣikmæ tʂy újoriɒqip ɬýǽ:tæq:imerpoq | vátut ỳs:æpỳ:sit/