Some basic statistics for the planet’s languages, compared with the languages of Earth.
It is estimated that there are some 6,000 to 7,000 languages here on Earth. Tekuo is only 80% the size of Earth and only 24% of it is land (compared with 29% of Earth). This land is less densely populated than Earth. Not surprisingly then, Tekuo harbours fewer languages than our world. The effects of modern communications and education lower the total further still.
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The language of Mohai. Its broad contours, its history and its status today.
Lemohai is a contemporary language from the planet Tekuo. Its speakers are a race of Ike, who call themselves the Romohai. They are found mainly on the island of Mohai, though some moved to colonies abroad during the island’s Imperial Era.
There are some 15.6 million native speakers in all. Around 12.1 million live on Mohai, whilst the rest live in nearby countries, mostly in ports and large cities. The language is also used as a lingua franca across much of North-East Aheku and is widely studied as a second language.
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How people talk on Mohai.
Modern Standard Lemohai has a total of twenty-eight phonemes. Their sounds vary a little according to their phonetic environment. They are arranged in simple syllables.
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Reconstructing an ancient tongue.
The Proto-Maritime language, the ancestor of the Maritime language family, was spoken by the Proto-Maritime people who lived on the islands of Mohai and Pheku off the north-east coast of Aheku.
The language arose as a result of the mixing of two cultures in the years after Omu Hemwã -186X (equivalent to around 1500 B.C. in Earth terms, or 3,500 years ago). Until OH -186X, the islands were the sole preserve of two groups of the Yelé people.
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How people used to talk on Mohai.
Proto-Maritime is reconstructed as having 22 phonemes. It was characterised by its three points of vowel articulation, a lack of voicing contrast amongst consonants and the prominence of velar, uvular and pharyngeal sounds. Syllables were simple or moderately complex.
The standard model of PM phonology has stood the test of time, but some uncertainties remain. These are indicated below. The language was unwritten. It is believed that there were two dialects, one spoken on Mohai, one on Pheku. Little is known about them, however.
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