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|10 million L1 (2017)|
5 million L2
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|Regulated by||Azmaran Language Authority|
The Azmaran language, (Azmaran: Azmaariś sprek, [ɑzmɑːɹɪʃ spɹɛk]), is a Weranic language spoken by approximately 10 million people in Azmara. It is closely related to Swathish, Estmerish, Buckish and Aldman.
Old Azmaran was brought to Azmara by Weranic settlers in the 4th and 5th centuries in an early form: similar to many early Weranic languages, this form was an inflected language. As the language became the dominant language of the people of Azmara, it developed and modernised, levelling much of the noun inflections of Old Azmaran and undergoing phonological processes of palatalisation and an extensive form of umlaut, giving Azmaran its current feel.
Azmaran is considered to fall into the Weranic family of languages, as well as Estmerish, Buckish, Weranic and Ruttish. It is considered to be part of the Estmero-Azmaran subfamily of this, which excludes the Weranic language. Within this it is thought to make up its own group, due to notable differences from the other three. It is sometimes considered to be part of an Azmaran branch as well as Hytklifer, a divergent dialect of Azmaran spoken in the Hytklif province.
In the modern day, Azmaran is written in a modified Solarian alphabet containing 27 letters: F U Þ A R K G W H N I J Â P Z Ź S Ś T B E M L O D Y C. Notably, the order of the letters is derived from the order of the old runes formerly used to write Old Azmaran, as opposed to the normal order of letters. Q V and X are not natively used in Azmaran; the functions of Q and X are replaced by K and KS while the sound V represents is merely a dialectal pronounciation of W.
The Azmaran alphabet features four extra letters: Þ Â Ź Ś, used for the sounds /θ æ ʒ ʃ/ respectively. The first of these, þorn, comes from the old Runic alphabet, while the other three, âś, twii-zet and twii-sig, are modifications of Solarian letters used to express Azmaran sounds.
|Stop||p b||t d||k g|
|Fricative||ɸ β||θ ð||s z||ʃ ʒ||x ɣ|
|Approximant||ʋ ~ w||j|
|Rhotic||ɹ ~ ɾ|
- [ŋ] is a common realisation of /n/ before /k/, /g/ or /x/.
- The sequences /mb/ and /nd/ are often realised as [mː] and [nː] in the Groonbankish dialect.
- Unlike Estmerish, /p t k/ are never aspirated as [pʰ tʰ kʰ], but are often partially voiced when medial or word-final as [b̥ d̥ ɡ̊].
- /b d g/ are often lenited to fricatives /β ð ɣ/ medially or word-final, hence the pronunciation of daag (day) as [dɑːɣ].
- /ɸ/ and [β] are often bilabial, although are realised as labiodental [f] and [v] in Southern dialects.
- /x/ is often realised as /ç/ when preceding or succeeding /æ ɛ ɪ iː ʏ yː/, hence hym (him) being pronounced as [çʏm]
- /ʋ/ and /ɹ/ are often realised as [w] and [ɾ] in Westmaarkic and as [v] and [r] in some far northern dialects, turning Weraanija (Werania) from /ʋɛɹɑːnɪjɑ/ into [wɛɾɑːnɪjə] and [vɛrɑːnɪjə] respectively.
- /l/ is released as [ɫ] before velar consonants, and word-final in Westmaarkic.
|Close||iː ɪ yː ʏ||uː ʊ|
With the exception of /ɛ/ and /æ/, whose long and short forms have merged, most vowels can be considered as long and short pairs, and in some dialects, such as in the Sompland dialect, a lengthening of /ɛ/ to [ɛː] followed by /æ/ moving to [e] has occured, leading to the two being reanalysed as a long-short pair.
Azmaran has four diphthongs /ai ei oi au/, spelt either aj ej oj au or less commonly ai ei oi au, such as in the town name Stajnensby [stainɛnzbʏ], the color grej [gɹei], the river Bojner [boinɛɹ] and in the word for female fraulyk [fɹaulʏk].
In most dialects, word-final /ɑ/, /ɛ/ and /ɛɹ/ are reduced to /ə/.
Azmaran grammar is the result of a move away from the inflected nature and relatively free word order of Proto-Weranic towards a rather analytic structure and a fixed word order.
Azmaran nouns are relatively simple in their morphology. Nouns are only inflected to show plurals, which are made through the affixation of -en to the end of the noun, with maan becoming maanen in the plural form.
The Weranic case system has been discarded in favour of word order; subjects and direct objects are marked by their place in a sentence, while indirect objects and possession are shown through analytic constructions: the indirect object is generally shown using the preposition taa, which translates as to, while possession is shown through the use of âb, which translates as of. An example of this would be the sentence De maan gabeþ en ben taa de hund âb de frâu, in which de maan is the subject, en ben is the direct object, de hund is the indirect object and de frau possesses the indirect object.
While Azmaran technically has two genders, common and neuter, the grammatical characteristics of the common gender have been generalised to all nouns in the past century, leading to the loss of gender in all practical purposes.
Azmaran pronouns are notable among Weranic languages in that the dual first and second person pronouns are retained; they are used often when someone is referring to themselves and their significant other collectively, or to the person they are addressing and their significant other collectively.
Azmaran has two grammaticalised tenses, the past and the present, although the future can be shown through the use of the conjugated present form of to be, the phrase "gaanen taa" (to go to) and the infinitive form of the verb. Aspect and mood are not grammaticalised, and information shown through aspect and mood in other languages is often shown through adverbs. However, a singular or plural second person inflected verb without a pronoun is often used as an imperative, for example Gaaneþ! is used to mean Go! when talking to one person.
The way tense is grammaticalised depends on the verb; while most verbs are weak verbs and show past tense through the use of the -t- morpheme, some verbs are strong verbs and show tense through the use of vowel ablaut. Infinitive forms are shown using the -en suffix.
Azmaran verbs also conjugate for person, with standard personal inflections on almost all verbs.
For the most part, Azmaran has an SVO word order; with the subject noun phrase being placed at the start of the sentence, the verb being placed in the middle and the object noun phrase being placed at the end. However, Azmaran has V2 tendencies like many other Weranic languages; this is most notable in future tense constructions such as Ik by gaanen taa de bokhaas loopen. (I will walk to the library), in which the future tense construction, Ik by gaanen taa, is placed at the start of the sentence, while the actual verb, loopen (to walk), is moved to the end, after the object. It can also be seen in phrases such as Afta is gaanen et raad rosen rejnen., in which the word afta (then) moves the initial verb construction is gaanen forward to be the second topic in the sentence, and the second verb construction rejnen is moved to the end.
Due to the use of prepositions to show indirect objects, indirect object noun phrases can sometimes be fronted for emphasis; compare Ik gân for de bok. to For de bok, ik gân.
Questions are primarily made by altering the word order; questions take on a VSO word order, with "Gaast ju taa de bokhaas?" translating as "Are you going to the library?" or "Do you go to the library?" based on context.