|Setting||Largely Roman culture|
|Region||Modern Ljubljana and an area smaller than modern Slovenia|
|Native speakers||~300,000 (8th century)|
Latin and Alpine Slavic
|Writing system||Extended Latin for South Slavic. For more see orthography.|
- Nota bene, care lector, this is a work in progress
Western Rome never fell, but continued well for a thousand years after Augustus and more. The Roman colony Colonia Iulia Aemona, founded on the site of modern-day Ljubljana, served well as one of the empire's main hubs in the region northeast of the Italian peninsula. It absorbed waves of Slavs in the migrations of the 6th to 9th centuries, and over time a mixed language of Latin substrate and heavy Slavic superstrate formed from a late form of Alpine Slavic, the link between Proto-Slavic and the Slovenian found in the Freising Manuscripts. Latin still served as the official and administrative language, but Aemonian was spoken in the streets, even by learned individuals.
The author's main design goal was simply to play around with his favorite language (Latin) and his Stockholm-syndrome language (Slovenian).
That necessitated the following various subgoals:
- implement the dual in a Latlang
- as always, expand the role of the middle voice
- experiment with reduplication and other innovative ways of playing with an influx of new verbal stems
Aemonian's phonology is fairly conservative; though there were many vowels inherited from the Alpine Slavic parent, most have been leveled out to the point where all of the sounds in Aemonian are familiar to those who know virtually any Romance or Slavic language, or even just English.
A notable absence from the phonology is /w/; the Latin sound in words like lingua, equus, etc. have all given way to the more Slavic realization of linkva, ekvu, etc.
Aemonian is written using largely the Latin alphabet as extended for South Slavic, with the addition of <ŧ> for the voiceless interdental fricative /θ/, and <đ> is used for the voiced interdental fricative /ð/, instead of for /dʑ/ as is usual in South Slavic.
There is also <ř> to indicate the same sound as in its inspiration in Czech, namely /r̝/.
That gives us in Latin order:
a b č d đ e f g h i k l m n o p r s š t ŧ u v x y z ž
See the alphabet grouped by feature in the tables below.
|stops||p /p/||b /b/||t /t/||d /d/||k /k/||g /g/|
|nasals||m /m/||n /n/|
|affricates||c /t͡s/||č /tʃ/||x /ks/|
|fricatives||f /f/||v /v/||ŧ /θ/||đ /ð/||s /s/||z /z/||š /ʃ/||ž /ʒ/||h /x/|
|liquids||l /l/||y /j/|
|trills||r /r/||ř /r̝/|
|close||i /i/||ī /iː/||u /u/||ū /uː/|
|mid||e /e/||ē /eː/||o /o/||ō /oː/|
|open||a /a/||ā /aː/|