Tanisi languages

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Tanisi
Tsani-Damian
Setting
Geographic
distribution:
North America
Linguistic classification:language isolate
  • Tanisi
Proto-language:Proto-Tanisi
Subdivisions:
Attamian langs.png
Proportion of the Attamian ethnic groups that speaks an Tanisi language:
  0–20%
  20–40%
  40–60%
  60–70%
  70-80%





Tanisi (/tənˈɪːsɪ/; also Tsani-Damian) is a North American language family which includes at least the Tsan languages, Damian, and Garathi languages.

In November 2012 a proposal connecting Asaari to the Neumatic languages of Western Utah into the Tanisi family was published and well received by a number of linguists.

General Information

The Tanisi languages is a family, or group, of constructed naturalistic languages, which share common features derived the hypothetic Proto-Tanisi language. They are inspired by a diversity of natural languages, each of them with a distinct style, yet with grammatical and semantical similarities, as well as a shared vocabulary.

These are the planned Tanisi languages so far:

  • Asaari - My beloved blue little language. Tonal, American, agglutinative, voiceless and written in Vai. Yes. Vai. Didn't expect that, did you? Perhaps similar to Salishan languages, Navajo and the like.
  • Damian - A so far sketchy language with Greek/Slavic/Shona/Khmer influences. Possibly ergative, maybe accusative. Mangled by allophony.
  • Namic - Indo-European and especially Indo-Iranian influenced language, tripartite, heavy in phonemes, heavy in cases and heavy in scope. A language revised from being a mixed a priori - a posteriori language of the Indo-Iranian branch.

Attamian attributes

  • A verb based morphology.
  • Agglutinative by origin, decaded into fusional in Damian and Namic.
  • An inherited tonal system - Tones in Asaari and Damian, pitch in Namic.

Genealogy

Proto-Tanisi
Tsani-Damian

Tsan

Ancient Asaari

Carolinian Asaari


Middle Asaari

Asaari





Virginian Asaari




Manatho-Damian†
Ancient Damian

Damian




Manathi





Neumatic

Central
Ancient Namic

Rayan


Middle Namic

Namic





Southern

Tarisi



Garathi







  • A language in bold denotes that it is extant.
  • A language in italics denotes that it is now extinct (i.e. has no native speakers).
  • † denotes the extinction of a linguistic subgroup

Tsani-Damian languages

Tsani languages

Manatho-Damian languages

Neumatic languages

Central

Southern