The Dahu-Kemba language family

The Dahu-Kemba languages are spoken today across much of North-West Aheku, including on Mohai, though they originated further east. There are, or have been, twenty-four Dahu-Kemba languages of which fourteen are extant.

History

Proto-Dahu-Kemba was spoken by the Proto-Dahu-Kemba people who lived in North-East Aheku until Omun Hemwan-186X (what we would call 1500 BC). In OH -186X the PDK people began to migrate west. They established two new colonies, one in what is now Heiko and one in modern Pekau. The dialects of the two colonies  became separate Dahu and Kemba languages from around OH -1722 (i.e. 1300 BC).

The Dahu language had a strong sub-stratum influence from local languages in the Macro-Senduri family. For reasons which are not clear, Kemba had no influence from pre-existing local languages. It is therefore considered closer to PDK.

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Some nations and languages of Tekuo

Most of these states and territories are on the north coast of the continent of Aheku and are peopled by Ikhe. Ikhe are one of the three sapient species of Tekuo.

Mohai

Mohai is an island to the north of Aheku. It has an area of 162,350 square kilometres (62,683 square miles), approximately 450 miles by 150. The population stands at 13,280,000. This works out at 82 per square kilometre.

Mohai was the ancient home of the Senduri, before the Dahu arrived. The Dahu conquered much of north-west Aheku. Later, it was absorbed into the Kemba Empire. Mohai attained independence in the early modern era. At this point, Lemohai (an Eastern Dahu language) became the official language and its people became known as the Romohai.

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Who were the Proto-Dahu-Kemba?

The ancient people now known as the Proto-Dahu-Kemba (or just PDK) were a race of Ikhe who lived on the coast in the north-east of the continent of Aheku. Archaeology tell us that they remained in this area until around OH -186X (-1500 BC in our world).

Evidence from this date on indicates a migration to the west along the coast. We know from the speed of their movement and its narrow pathway that this was not a gradual spreading west, but a conscious migration. The speed of their travel suggests movement was partly by land and partly by sea. We do not know however what motivated the move.

We know the Proto-Dahu-Kemba had boats, including outrigger canoes and katamarans. They also had good navigation skills. It is thought that katamarans were used to transport goods and passengers and outriggers as scouts and protectors of the larger vessels.

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