Koman language

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Koman
Kāman, Kāman ëbëm
Kāmanva
Pronunciation/'kɒman əβəm/
RegionVaniua
EthnicityKoman people
Native speakers40 million  (2015-2017)
Language family
Early forms:
Proto-Vaniuan
  • Proto-Eastern Vaniuan
    • Kalkali
      • Middle Koman
        • Classical Koman
          • Koman
DialectsTorosh, Shereva and Jovaic dialects
Writing systemVaniuan script, Mahavic script
Official status
Official language inKoman
Regulated byImperial Lenguistic Council
CWS codeDAD
A map showing the areas where Koman is mainly spoken, exluding foreign Koman.
Dark blue = majority; light blue = minority

Koman (Kāman, /'kɒman əβəm/) is a Vaniuan language spoken in Komania. It has 40 million native speakers and is mainly spoken by the Koman people in Komania and elsewhere in Vaniu. Koman belongs to the Eastern Vaniuan branch of the Vaniuan language family. Main influences can be attributed to Mahavic languages and Bothanian with some loanwords mainly of Saopyulieg and Sotanese origin. The most noticeable distinctions between Koman and other Vaniuan languages is the large corpus of Mahavic loanwords and lack of gender which is only seen in certain pronouns.


Name

The language itself is natively known as Kāman ëbëm or Kāmanva, pronounced /'kɒman‿əβəm/ or /'kɒmanβa/ accordingly.

History

The first records of the earliest form of the language can be traced back to the 7th century where inscriptions in stone pillars were found in the eastern region of the northern Vaniuan steppes, thanks to archaeological evidence and early records from the inhabiting peoples of the region, it can be estimated that the Kali people spoke initially a variation of Old Mahavic but became gradually assimilated by their larger Vaniuan neighbours, who at the time spoke a late form of Proto-Eastern Vaniuan which due to the harsh environment lived equally as nomads. The increasing assimilation of Kali people led to the creation of a tribal confederation estimated to have been around 100-500CE which gave rise to the later forms of the Kalkali language and people.

Modern Koman is considered as a direct descendant of the later forms of the Kalkali language, the language of the Kalkali nomads who inhabited the northern steppes of Vaniua and of great literary development in the realms of Şī Āşar during and after the rise of the Great Horde. The now extinct Mahavic Oshar language, once spoken by the Oshar dynasty left profound influences on both levels of morphology and vocabulary. By the 17th century, Classical Koman arose as the common tongue of the Komans, Şādhëşkan Hacām, a prominent polymath, became the greatest representative of the Koman language, his efforts led the introduction of the language to the court and nobility, after his work in the book "Ëbëm Mothāh: Vā thum kādhulim " (Speech of the Common: Language of greatness) being renowned by the emperor himself. By the 18th century, a regularised version of the language was made based on the Jovaic dialectal grouping, having preserved most foreign loanwords because of matters of cultural heritage and conservatism.

The term "Koman" itself can vary depending on the dialect, before the 19th century, the language was known according to the name of the dialect spoken, this changed with the orders of prime minister Racan Ācom, who for matters of ethnic unification and nationalism, decided to unify the term. The most prominent names prior the unification were either "Kālyāghār" or "Jānva" with "Kāman" being used to refer to the dialect spoken in court.

The short-lived state of Kadhan used the term "Kāman" to refer to the language, with a high degree of Amaian loanwords seen prior to the 19th century.

Phonology

Consonants

The following tables lists the consonants and vowels of the standard Koshaivic dialect. The consonants enclosed in parentheses are considered as allophones.

Bilabial Labio-dental Dental Alveolar Post-alveolar Retroflex Palatal Labio-velar Velar Uvular Glottal
Nasal m n ŋ
Plosive p b t d k g q
Fricative β θ ð s z ʒ ʂ ʁ h
Affricate
Approximant j w
Rhotic r
Lateral app. l

Vowels

Front Near-front Central Near-back Back
Close i (i:) y ɯ u (u:)
Near-close
Close-mid e o (o:)
Mid ə
Open-mid
Near-open æ
Open a ɒ

Phonotactics

Orthography

Grammar

Morphology

Syntax