Simplifying the scenario

This post brings together my current thoughts on the overall scenario discussed on mohai.conlang.org.

There needs to be a plausible number of peoples and languages in the study area. I mostly have this now. The site looks at the north coast of the continent of Aheku and focuses on the island of Mohai. The timeline post notes the existence of Etsuri and Pekau, mainland states speaking languages from the same Dahu language family as Lemohai. Other unnamed Dahu states are hinted at.

The existence of Heiko is well-documented. This is Mohai’s main rival for power within its culture sphere. Heitak speaks a language from the Kemba family and the existence of other Kemba language states is hinted at.

The aboriginal people of Mohai, the Senduri are named and their Senduri language is said to be a linguistic isolate by the modern era, though it had relatives on the mainland in historic times.

Three species of hominid are posited. All the peoples above are Ikhe. The Öklane, a sample race of Koron are also documented. I am aware of the need to provide a sample race of Utai as well.

Four main changes are now to be introduced.

Firstly, the Dahu and Kemba peoples are both to be regarded as descended from a single source in the Natural Age. These are the Proto-Dahu-Kemba people and they speak the Proto-Dahu-Kemba language. The classical era now sees two rival empires, the Dahu and the Kemba, each with different languages.

Secondly, Dahu now splits into Eastern and Western Dahu. All modern languages are direct descendants of these. They are recent enough for the modern tongues not to need separate old and modern phases.

Thirdly, this alos means that Leheiko (as a Kemba language) now shares many features planned for Lemohai, but with different sounds and more morphology.

Finally, this in turn means that the active-stative model once planned for Leheiko is now in search of a home. As noted above, there is already a gap where it can go. An active-stative language will be developed for an Utai nation in contact with Mohai. This language is called Loa Bateng.

Senduri remains the aboriginal language of Mohai. It remains a verb-initial trigger language. It remains a linguistic isolate.

Öklane continues to be conceived of as a typical SOV language. It is the language of a Koron people. I still do not planned to cover it in much detail.

There is now a language in the scenario for every type I wish to cover. My desire for simplicity previously led to instability as I kept changing my mind about which types to include and which to exclude. With everything I want in the scenario, it should be now more stable.

The core study area though, is now simplified. It becomes a single Dahu-Kemba cultural sphere, with much re-use of material e.g. one main family of languages scripts and one main religious tradition. This makes it easier to conceive of and write up.

Other, more challenging models are all now peripheral to the study area and can be covered in less detail, if at all, as time permits.

🙂 Happy!

Author: David Johnson

Language constructor, writer, music fan and activist.

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