What did Classical Lekuna sound like?

How ancient people spoke on Mohai.

When the ancient Kuna Empire was at its zenith, Classical Lekuna had twenty-four phonemes. It was characterised by four points of vowel articulation, a plain/aspirate contrast and the prominence of velar and glottal sounds. Syllables were simple or moderately complex.

Many written examples of Classical Lekuna have survived to the modern era. These range from graffiti and laundry lists to philosophy and epic poetry. They even include grammars of C Lek written by native speakers. We can, therefore, describe the formal registers of the language with confidence.

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Mother Tekuo: planet, system and goddess

Notes on a living planet

Earlier posts have alluded to a supernatural presence on the planet Tekuo, something that does not conform to the laws of nature as they are generally understood on Earth. It is now time to examine these claims in more detail.

Planet as system

Since ancient times, many Tekuan religions have viewed the planet itself as a living system rather than an inanimate object. They have noted Tekuo’s ability to self-regulate. They have noted that living systems adapt to their environment and in turn adapt the environment to suit themselves.

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What did Proto-Maritime sound like?

How prehistoric people talked on the north-east coast of Aheku.

Proto-Maritime is reconstructed as having twenty phonemes. It was characterised by three 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 Tepi. Little is known about them, however.

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Meet the Ike, sapient hominids of Tekuo

The planet’s dominant species are a lot like us. Except when they’re not …

The planet Tekuo is home to 4.2 billion Ike. They are sapient primates who resemble the humans of Earth. We should not be surprised by this as they fill a similar ecological niche and are faced with similar problems. For the same reasons, several other Tekuan species have close Earthly analogues.

Our early ancestors left the rainforest for the savannah. The Ike, however, stayed longer in the rainforest. This single fact accounts for the main differences between the Ike and ourselves.

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Flora and fauna of Tekuo

Their similarities and differences from those of Earth.

The lifeforms of the planet Tekuo are broadly similar to those of Earth. This is not surprising, as they share similar homes.

Earth and Tekuo are rocky planets. Both have seas and magnetic fields. Both have oxygen and carbon dioxide in their atmosphere. They orbit at a similar distance from a sun of similar size.

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