Hey, you all. Some of you may or may not have seen my "Word Origins" thread, but in it, I said that the information I collected from it would be used to make a language. This is that language. This language is supposed to be a simulation of actual language evolution, that is, every single little thing has an etymology. Take anything in it, and you'll find that it is from a basic set of words from a long time ago.
Also, this language is heavily based on the thought about language evolution. This means that I will be posting at least three different stages of the language with a maximum of five. I can't wait until I finish, and I'm really excited to see how it will turn out. Through a long and taxing process fraught with sound changes, grammaticalization, and insanity I will get a modern language out of a primitive one. So, ladies and gentlemen, I present you the first step.
Background and Commentary
Yglal is the first modern language spoken by humans in my "test environment" universe. The speakers of this language call themselves the Yg, and they are the only humans for miles, a distance they do not want to travel. They are descended from the early human race that had split into three major branches and spread out throughout the world. The Yg, one of these branches, roam a lush, large grassland bordered to the north by a forest, to the east and west by mountainous regions, and to the south by a sea quite similar in temperament to the Mediterranean, allowing the area to support a warm, Mediterranean climate. The Yg people gather in the coastal grasslands various foods such as olives, garlic, grapes. They share hunting grounds with large carnivores such as lions and tigers, and hunt deer, oxen, boars, and birds such as quails and turkeys. Very few Yg find fish to be palatable, and those people who do wander almost exclusively the shores of the Yg country. This will give rise to the Yglal split, giving rise to two languages: Oilli and Tuušo. (Oilli is the descendant that I am aiming to reach through my experiment. The name may change.)
As for the language, the Yg people invented Proto-Yglal right after they split from the common human race. This language was very, very primitive and only consisted of sounds that accurately mimicked animals and other sounds of nature. Yglal is simply a simplified version of this proto-language with a syntax and grammar, albeit a simple one.
At this stage, about a thousand people speak Yglal.
Coming up soon...
In addition to posting grammar, I'll post snippets of the culture of the Yg.
Just right now, there isn't much to comment on, but I'd appreciate any questions and/or criticisms. I'll think about your reply and I will do my best to get something out of it.
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