Aemonian

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Aemonian
Linkva Aimonyana
Pronunciation [lingva ˈae̯monja:na]
Created by Ioscius
Setting Largely Roman culture
Date 2018
Region Modern Ljubljana and an area smaller than modern Slovenia
Native speakers ~300,000  (8th century)
Language family
Latin and Alpine Slavic
  • Aemonian
Early forms:
Lingua Alpina
  • Aemonian
Writing system Extended Latin for South Slavic. For more see orthography.
ISO 639-3
Nota bene, care lector, this is a work in progress

Aemonian, natively called Linkva Aimonyana, is a hybridlang created by Ioscius as a cross between a theoretical late form of Latin and a theoretical early form of Slovenian.

Introduction

Setting

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.

Design goals

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

Phonology

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.

Orthography

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.

Consonants

labial interdental alveolar postalveolar velar
unvoiced voiced unvoiced voiced unvoiced voiced unvoiced voiced unvoiced voiced
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/
approximants ł /ʎ/


Vowels

front central back
short long short long short long
close i /i/ ī /iː/ u /u/ ū /uː/
mid e /e/ ē /eː/ o /o/ ō /oː/
open a /a/ ā /aː/