The Angaran language is the language spoken in the modern Angaran peninsula of the Yolderan continent.
Tentative evolution of Angaran over time
|Yohari||…||Low Sjandan||Low Angaran||Angaran-Nornic||Northern Nornic|
|…||High Sjandan||High Western Angaran||High Southeastern Angaran||High Northern Angaran||High Diln||Old Norn|
|Imperial Sjandan||Imperial Angaran||Imperial Diln||Middle Norn||Old Niramese|
|Early Sandese||Eary Modern Western Angaran||Eary Modern Eastern Angaran||Early Modern Diln||Norn|
|Sandese||Western Angaran||Eastern "Standard" Angaran||Diln||Niramese|
Believed to have been spoken from around 5000 to 3500 a.E., Proto-Almaic is the linguistic ancestor of a wide range of languages in Yolder and Ausmira, including modern Angaran. Archeological evidence places the homeland of the Proto-Almaic peoples somewhere around the Alma plains, west of the Hassjic mountains.
During the late 3rd millennium a.E., a series of migration waves occurred in the Yolderan continent. These migrations spread the Proto-Almean peoples all over the continent, often displacing and assimilating local populations in the process. Two of these migration waves are believed to have led the Proto-Almean peoples into the Angaran peninsula, where they displaced the Proto-Nornic populations to the north. The Proto-Angaric language is a product of these migrations and cultural exchange, as well as the passage of time.
During the 2nd millennium a.E., the Proto-Angaric populations began to diverge into two groups. Those that still had contact with pockets of Proto-Nornic peoples and their main populations to the north of the Angaran peninsula, and those that had settled in the mainland side and maintained contact with the continental populations. This divergence eventually led to the division of the Angaric family into two groups, Peninsular- or Eastern-Angaric and Continental- or Western-Angaric in the 1st millennium.
The mountainous geography of the Angaran peninsula, coupled with a very divided society product of the politics of the time, led to the fragmentation of the Eastern-Angaric language into a number of regional dialects. This division was particularly notable between the northern, eastern and south-western regions of the peninsula.
Sometime during the 11th century a.E., in the coastal regions south of the Hassjic mountains, the Yohari kingdom was founded. This small kingdom grew strong and fast, rapidly devouring the surrounding states and turning into a full-fledged empire. The Empire reached the Western-Angaric peoples in the late 10th century a.E., and by the 9th century a.E. it had declared all of Angara to be its protectorate. The cultural exchange caused by this political situation left a strong mark on the Angaric languages, though the influence was much more notable for the Western-Angaric peoples, who were under direct control by the Yohari peoples.
Low Angaran is the name given to the languages descended from Easter-Angric dialects during the Angaran Classical Period.
The rise in the influence of Nornish mercenaries, the growth in power of the Ameran Warrior Monks and the Ameran Temple, and the formation of the Angaran League all drastically changed the cultural landscape of the whole of the Angaran peninsula. This was a period of relatively high cultural exchange, compared to the isolationist Classical period.
With the birth of the Empire came a cultural movement in favor of a united and uniform Angara. The empire adopted a number of policies, among them the decision to standardize the official language of the core provinces. Announcements, heralds, merchants, politics, and much more were required by imperial decree to be in what was known as Imperial Angaran, a dialect of South-Eastern High Angaran that was traditionally spoken in one of the capitals of the empire and was, for the most part, mutually intelligible in all of the main core provinces.
Early Modern Angaran
Early Modern Angaran is the stage of the Angaran language from the decline of the Empire to the Angaran Restoration. This period was deeply influenced by the collapse of the Empire, and with it the loss of the regulating body of the language. This period once more allowed for the diversification of the local dialects as well as strong foreign influence product of the numerous colonial subjects the core provinces had taken in.
With the Angaran restoration also came a cultural movement to retake the language of Angara. This saw the rise of many new roots that had previously been abandoned, as well as the heavy use of compound words to mean concepts that were covered by loanwords. This movement was largely literary and a product of the "cultural elite" of the peninsula. As such, many of these words are now used in more formal speech and registers.
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