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Linkva Aimonyana
Pronunciation[linkva ˈae̯monja:na]
Created byIoscius
SettingLargely Roman culture
Native toModern Ljubljana and an area smaller than modern Slovenia
Native speakers~300,000 (8th century)
* Latin and Alpine Slavic
  • Aemonian
Early form
Lingua Alpina
A model of 1st-century Aemona.
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.



Remains of the western wall of Aemona in present-day Ljubljana.

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


A text in both Latin and OCSlavonic, the two main backgrounds Aemonian mixes.

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.


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/


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/


1st decl.; KRANA, "food" 1st decl., m; NAFTA, "sailor" 2nd decl., m.; YEKVUZ, "horse" 2nd decl., n.; MYESTUM, "town" 3rd decl., m/f.; , "" 3rd decl., n.; , "" 4th decl., m/f.; , "" 4th decl., n.; MYEDU, "honey" 5th decl., m/f.; , ""
singular vocative kranye naftate yekve myeste ' ' ' myedu '
nominative krana nafta yekvuz myestum ' ' ' myedu '
genitive kranai naftati yekvi myesti ' ' ' myeduz '
dative krani naftato yekvo myesto ' ' ' myeduvi '
accusative krano naftata yekva myestum ' ' ' myedu '
ablative krana naftato yekvo myesto ' ' ' myeduvu '
locative krani naftatu yekvu myestu ' ' ' myeduvu '
instrumental kranai naftatom yekvom myestom ' ' ' myeduvum '
dual vocative krani naftata yekva myesti ' ' ' myedvi '
nominative krani naftata yekva myesti ' ' ' myeduvi '
genitive kran naftat-Ø yekev-Ø myest ' ' ' myedu '
dative kranama naftatoma yekvoma myestoma ' ' ' myeduma '
accusative kraniz naftataz yekvaz myesti ' ' ' myeduvi '
ablative kranaba naftatoba yekvoba myestoba ' ' ' myeduba '
locative kranaka naftatoka yekvoka myestoka ' ' ' myeduka '
instrumental kranama naftatoma yekvoma myestoma ' ' ' myeduma '
plural vocative kranai naftati yekvi myeste ' ' ' myedva '
nominative kranai naftati yekvi myesta ' ' ' myeduva '
genitive kranarum naftatorum yekvorum myestorum ' ' ' myeduvum '
dative kranam naftatom yekvom myestom ' ' ' myedvibum '
accusative kranaz naftatoz yekvoz myesta ' ' ' myeduva '
ablative kraniz naftatiz yekviz myesta ' ' ' myedvibuz '
locative kranak naftatok yekvok myestok ' ' ' myedvibuk '
instrumental kranami naftatimi yekvimi myestimi ' ' ' myedvumi '