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Ardispherian First Peoples - Languages
The First Peoples of the Ardisphere consituted several different, unrelated cultural and linguistic groups at the time of the arrival of the first Castellanese, Ingerish, Franquese and Karolian colonists.
Today's linguistic map of First Peoples' languages in some respects reflects the cultural boundaries that were "frozen" in place at the time of colonization - prior to that the boundaries were often shifting, especially from the foundation of the Altazorian trade-based empire of the latest precolonial period, when Central Altazorian became a lingua franca throughout the territory that became the Ardisphere. Before the 1300's, the extent of the Altazorian language was much more limited, while there is evidence of several now extinct languages in the Costa region and in the hill country that is now southern Colonia Coreana and north Departamento Libertad. The evidence of a Lonica-related substrate to northern Altazorian is particularly strong.
The languages have been organized based on philological and diachronic analysis to belong to 4 main language families plus one isolate. The grouping is as follows:
- Altazorian-Albalongan Family
- South Altazorian Group
- Costese (Albalongan with Altazorian borrowings and Chemeco substrate)
- North Altazorian Group (members mutually comprehensible)
- Central Altazorian
- North Altazorian (many borrowings from Lonica)
- Bahíanegran Group
- South Altazorian Group
- Domudu Family (some argue these are really the same language, but Domudu shows extensive borrowing from Lonica and Altazorian while Desert Domudu is "more pure")
- Desert Domudu
- Lonica Family
- Caruque (isolate)
Table of Native Languages
This is a wikitable of the same OGF data used to generate the map below. Do not update this table - it is based on data in the OGF map database. To change a value in this table, edit the language-zones' boundary relations, which are tagged boundary=historic.
- status : the status of the language: extinct, endangered, active
- map : link to the main map with relation outline
- speakers : number of current speakers
- name : the name tag attached to the territory boundary relation. It is wikilinked automatically, so if your country name in OGF matches an article name in the wiki, you can click through.
- notes : notes or observations about the language
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Map Showing Current (since 1700) Language Distribution
Historically, the Lonica language is the descendant of the language of the Tlön Civilization (600-1200 CE), but it underwent substantial changes in its "post-classical" period, such that no modern Lonica speaker would be able to make any sense of a transcription of Tlönic glyphs.
In the first millenium CE, the Domudu language included all the land surrounding Marverde, with Caruque forming a kind of linguistic enclave, apparently, near their current cultural center at the town they still call Caruque. The Tlönic people favored the Caruque over the Domudu, however, and thus Caruque became a kind of secondary lingua franca for the north Marverde region.
The Albalongan language was the first Altazorian language to become dominant, and during the early Albalongan period (13th century CE) the language family did not extend north of the Sierra de los Cientoocho. However, with Albalongan military success and expansion, the Albalongan language quickly supplanted the local Domuduan and Lonica dialects that had dominated east-central Ardisphere before, and quickly evolved into the various dialects known today as Altazorian.
The Altazorian dialects differ substantially from their Albalongan parent-language, but they are all mutually comprehensible. The Albalongan language itself is considered extinct, in its classical form, but many Costense speakers are ethnically Albalongan even if they now speak an Altazorian dialect. This was already true when the Castellanese colonists first arrived.
In modern times, with modern media and the pressures of Castellanese, Gohangukian and other languages, there have been efforts to standardize the Altazorian language to improve its chances of survival. There is now an Institute of the Altazorian language in the city of Altazor which works at developing media and materials in this standardized language, based on the Central Altazorian dialect, where the current native-speaking population is concentrated.
Similar movement is under way on a smaller scale with Desert Domudu, with the establishment of a Domudu Studies Institute in Altiplano, DM. There is no such organized effort to preserve the Lonica language, with its fragmented dialects and sparsely distributed population, but the Universidad Gautámica Guanseúm Bosal at Cerro y Casa, DO recently created a Lonica Language Department.