SHANGKARYA A language for all

Shangkarya is a new language based on simple & short rootwords used by 222 living languages from all over the world. All languages borrow from all other languages to various extents. But since Shangkarya borrows not just vocabulary but principles of grammar and word-building from other languages as well, it may thus be viewed as a species of "superlanguage." It builds on the work that produced the World Languages Dictionary of 2007. Furthermore, the composition of its vocabulary follows the current distribution of language families. Therefore, any effort made to learn Shangkarya will not go to waste!

Previous attempts to create "universal" languages have all been based on European languages only. Consequently they were never going to be politically acceptable to all peoples of this Global Village and the eventual possibilities of universal acceptance were always going to be severely limited. Shangkarya is a game changer with this new approach.

In addition, a completely phonetic alphabet is used; the spoken and written language is one. There is also a single register - no special form for royalty or distinctions between the language of different sexes, no "book" form and informal variety.

Shangkarya is atonal; there is no system of tones. And no need to try to remember whether the word "tongue" of a male person is grammatically male or female.

Bearing in mind the millions of illiterates all over the world (particularly among females) and that even so-called "sign languages" are not standardiszed after all this while - Shangkarya is purposely designed to be the easiest language - the least labour-intensive - language to learn, to read,to speak and to write. To write whether using stick on sand, chalk on board, pen and paper, or on a keyboard of a smartphone or computer. It is written from left to right (LTR), with a SVO (subject-verb-object) language structure. Words are not inflected by sex, number or case.

The alphabet originated with the ancient Phoenecians from the eastern Mediterranean region, though it is possible that Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics with its semi-alphabetic system of writing, may have contributed its part. Shangkarya has adopted an alphabet system as well, at one stroke placing it among the learning-efficient systems. The alphabet has just 26 x 2 capital and small letters: Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Ŋŋ (NGng) Ññ (NYny) Oo Pp Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv Ww Yy Zz.

On the Internet Ŋŋ and Ññ may not be displayable, depending on your system software and hardware, in which case NGng or NYny may be used instead. (HTML coding: &# 330, 331, 209, 241. And for the vowels, there are vowel combinations AE joined side by side, a long "E" represented with a short horizontal bar on top (a macron) etc.

If there may be doubt on how a multisyllable word has been constructed, the syllables are separated by an apostrophe (') or a short hyphen (-).

Numbers used are the Indo-Arabic type, with a base of 10.

Punctuations include the comma, full stop, open and close quotation marks, question, exclamation marks etc.

You can learn Shangkarya through more than 277 language titles, from Acehnese to Zulu, which have been published as e-dictionaries at Kobo.com. The link for the English Shangkarya Dictionary is here.

A sample of spoken Shangkarya is available here.

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