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 Hemwan -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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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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