It is useful to have some non-Everywhere languages, for loanwords, if nothing else.
Here are four proto-language phonologies and wordlists. The first two language families are from Here, the other two from Elsewhere. These are not necessarily contemporary with Shapshiruckish. The names are randomly generated.
There is a distinct pre-Shapshiruckish sprachbund, rather distinct from Shapshiruckish. The Natural and Damp languages all have register tones, and nasal vowel and multiple lateral consonants are common
The Shapgapsh genocided all these, at least culturally. Their origin seems to have been in the central Religious lands, but their influence reached wider. Expect to find Damp elements mostly in placenames, etc.
|i i:||u u:|
Diphthongs: uj aj oj ju ja jo
Words in Proto-Damp are monosyllabic.
All consonants can appear word-initially, as well as the following clusters:
- any voiced stop + any labial consonant
- bn gn dm gm i.e. any voiced stop + non-homorganic nasal
Like the Damps, the Naturals ranged widely through Here, but were mostly found in what would become Martial land. Unlike the Damps, some Naturals survived, in the periphery of Martial territory. They have cultural affinities with the Apeshit peoples because of Shared Adversity.
Proto-Natural Consonantsretroflex series l ɭ ꞎ
Proto-Natural Vowelsaeiou ɔ̃ ĩ ũ
Proto-Natural SyllablesHIGH-LOW TONES -- grammatical ˥˩, polysyllables
Although most of the Metallic languages are not really from Here, and are spoken to the South and in the Middle East, some peripheral Northern Metallic languages were displaced by the Marine languages. The Metallics are the main southern rival. They are a large source of exotic loanwords.
Proto-Metallic Consonantsp t k pw tw kw b d g w dw gw m G s r l sw rw lw
Proto-Metallic Vowelslong vowels: iueoæa short vowels: iau
The Lovely people are the third leg of the tripod, the rival in the West. The Pelagic colonies in Loveliland were only conquered in the middle ages, leading to the Krill Diaspora.