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|Native to||Template:Country data Similia|
|ca. 12 mio.|
at least 1.2 mio.
|Similian alphabet, Setrentian alphabet|
Majority of Similian speakers
Minority of Similian speakers
The Similian language (English pronunciation: /sɪˈmɪliən/; Similian: Simhiltjes or Simhiltje, pronounced [ˈsɪmɪɫtʲɪ(s)]), commonly called Similian, is a Simo-Laphnaric language spoken by approximately 12 million people natively, of whom 9 million live in Similia, with the remaining three million being split between neighbouring Tayar and diaspora communities in other parts of the world.
Similian is a Simo-Laphnarhic language, being genetically related to languages, such as Bophnarhic and the extinct Laphnarhic. Despite the lack of being related, it has many loan words from languages of historical rulers of Similia, most prominently from Manesian, Tayari and Lavish, and through it from Setrentian and Greek. Since the 19th century, efforts are being made to replace these loan words with compound words from Similian words and neologisms from Simo-Laphnarhic roots.
The earliest written ancestor of Similian is Common Simo-Laphnaric, with several inscriptions of various sorts from the age of the Neman empire dating back to it. After its fall, the language started to evolve into Old Similian through the stage of Early Old Similian.
The grammar of contemporary Similian can largely be described as agglutinative, although it also tends to have some more fusional elements — most notably in its written standard. In contrast to this, the earliest written examples of Common Simo-Laphnaric and Early Old Similian tended more towards an analytical grammar, with proto-Simo-Laphnarhic being believed to have been close to being fully isolating language.
Generally, one can say that, outside of Similia, the influence of the Similian language is mostly limited to Hilmanic diaspora communities.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 Classification
- 3 Phonology
- 4 Dialects
- 5 Standardization
- 6 Legal Status
- 7 Grammar
- 8 Vocabulary
- 9 Writing System
- 10 Example
- 11 See also
The term “Similian” comes from the Similian language name for Similia, Simhilja, and was adapted for the name of the language and culture. It derives from Old Similian sím hil lĭ·ha, with lĭ·ha meaning “land”, and sím hil being the traditional name for a valley in Similia, later adapted for the whole of the region. It literally translates to “(our) common valley”. In analogy to this, sím hil tĕ·hés was coined, translating to “(our) common speech”.