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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The island of Mohai lies to the east of the continent of Aheku on the planet Tekuo. It lies in the tropical zone and has a monsoon climate. It has an area of 162,350 square kilometres (62,683 square miles) and a population of 13.2 million. This works out at 81.8 people per square kilometre.
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The islanders’ contributions to the planet’s civilisation.
It is sometimes said on Tekuo that the Romohai are an inventive lot. This may or may not be the case, but if you have a good idea on Mohai, there’s a whole infrastructure to help you test it and bring it to market.
Workplaces are co-operative and non-hierarchical. Universities are integrated into society and the economy. Small, regional banks make their money by investing in new products and services rather than playing the stock exchange. This infrastructure has been exported to the former Romohai Empire.
What else though, have the Romohai contributed? The following are perhaps worth a mention:
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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, 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 some three thousand years before the present (BP). Until that point, 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 20 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 glottal 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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How best to search this site.
This site may be searched with the use of tags and categories.
Categories divide posts into a few “big buckets”. These are intended for use in browsing. They are organised into hierarchies. They are used to sum up the main theme of a post. Only a limited number are applied to each post.
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Some basic information about the planet.
My study area lies on Tekuo, an Earth-like planet inhabited by sentient hominids. Tekuo is one of six planets orbiting a class G2 sun, known as Ayu. The first three planets in the system are rocky. Tekuo is the second of these. Three gas giants lie in the outer part of the system. Tekuo is the only planet in the system to lie in the habitable zone.
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