What did Proto-Maritime sound like?

How people used to talk on Mohai

Proto-Maritime is reconstructed as having 23 phonemes. It was characterised by four points of vowel articulation, a lack of contrastive voice 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. The language was unwritten. It is believed that there were two dialects, one spoken in what is now Kuna, one in what is now Hekon. Little is known about them, however.

Continue reading “What did Proto-Maritime sound like?”

Proto-Maritime: a linguistic overview

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 north-east coast of Aheku, a continent of the planet Tekuo.

The language arose as a result of the mixing of two cultures some three thousand years before the present (BP). Until that point, the coast and nearby islands were the sole preserve of the Cismontane peoples.

Continue reading “Proto-Maritime: a linguistic overview”