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(Lendoma deve̹a) Navado͑ma
Pronunciation: [noβo'do'man], [naβa dʎo'ma'na]
Region: Magos Archipelago (La Paz de Los Ricos)
Native Speakers: 20 million native speakers,
10 million secondary speakers
- Written Mara͗n †
- Rough Ne͗va Ledo͑ma †
- Refined Ne͗va Ledo͑ma †
Writing System: Latin (Novodoman Alphabet]
Official Language of:
Regulated by: Akadema͑ deve̹a Navado͑ma
Novodoman (Navado͑ma [naβa dʎo'ma'na] or (Lendo͑ma deve̹a Navado͑ma [len'do:ma de've:we naβa'dʎo:ma'na]) is a distant Romance language, originating in the Magos Archipelago, and currently one of the official languages and the lingua franca of La Paz de Los Ricos.
The language of Novodoman has two major, widely-used names. The language's endonym, Navado͑ma, is essentially a description of the language's history. The endonym is divided into two sections. The prefix, "nava", is the Novodoman word for "new". The suffix, "do͑ma" is a shortening of the word "lendo͑ma", meaning language. The language's name, ergo, is a corruption of the phrase "new language" in Novodoman. The second name, the English exonym "Novodoman", which is an English corruption of the name Navado͑ma.
The etymology of Novodoman is a complex one. In order to understand the current name of the language, it is necessary to understand the language's closest ancestor: Ne͗va Ledo͑ma. While Ne͗va Ledo͑ma is explained in full detail in the history tab, it's relation and history is essentially that Ne͗va Ledo͑ma emerged as a corrupted linguistic dialect of Spanish, born from corruptions of the language with the native Mara͗n accents. Ne͗va Ledo͑ma shares the same etymology as Novodoman' s endonym, wherein they both mean "new language" ("Ne͗va" meaning "new", and "Ledo͑ma" meaning "language"). The only difference was the actual terms for "new language" in each language.
The earliest ancestor to Novodoman (aside from Spanish, beginning in the early 1570s) is suspected to be the now-extinct Mara͗n pictographic language, the script developed by the pre-Columbian Mara͗n peoples on the Magos Archipelago. Mara͗n civilization emerged as an offshoot of Polynesian-influenced native cultures, and along with this, a simple photographic language emerged. Written Mara͗n existed from the 1420s until the early 1600s, when aggressive Spanish colonization ultimately led to Written Mara͗n's linguicide, wherein most figures of the language fell out of use and into extinction, replaced by Castilian Spanish.
While Written Mara͗n fell into extinction (as no known translations of the language exist), Spanish soon became the colony's official lingua franca. Within Las Tierras Ricas, the archipelago-wide Spanish colony which existed from 1583 to 1764, the local Spanish dialect began to evolve drastically. While Written Mara͗n was undoubtedly extinct, the accent and linguistic variation remained prevalent in native Mara͗ns' speech. This, alongside the brief Portuguese occupation of Las Tierras Ricas during the Authority War of 1604-1610, resulted in a linguistic "cocktail" within the Mara͗n culture.
Upon the independence of the Breakaway Commandancy of Siete Islas in 1764, Mara͗n culture was freed from Spanish colonial pressures, allowing for the rapid evolution of the quasi-Spanish dialects in the Mara͗n atmosphere. From 1764 to 1839, as the nation progressed and regressed politically, two major distinct languages emerged in the Breakaway Commandancy:
First, Rough Ne͗va Ledo͑ma, which evolved since the late 1600s to the early 1800s, as a corruption between the Spanish and Portuguese languages and the Mara͗ns' accent and linguistic variations. This language had been the result of Mara͗n native/Spanish colonial tensions, and may have been a catalyst for the Breakaway War. This language was a rough series of portmanteau and corrupted words, wherein the Chya "c" and Aicha "ɔ" diacritics first emerged as misvariants of Spanish tildes which adopted the sound /ʎ/.
Second, Refined Ne͗va Ledo͑ma, which emerged as a much more stable variant of Rough Ne͗va Ledo͑ma. The main difference between the two is that Rough Ne͗va Ledo͑ma was characterized by major instability or central regulation. It is a stretch to name Rough Ne͗va Ledo͑ma as a single language, when dialects varied wildly from island to island. Meanwhile, Refined Ne͗va Ledo͑ma began to centralize these dialects. As the Refined variant was much more popular than the Rough variant, it was expected that Refined Ne͗va Ledo͑ma would hold more elements of commonality than its predecessor.
During early Pax Septima, Siete Islan scholar U̜lo Ma͑s began work on the modern Novodoman language, in an effort to create an archipelago-wide lingua franca heavily based upon Ne͗va Ledo͑ma, yet with a central regulating body known as the Novodoman Academy. In late 1837, Ma͑s and her team of twenty other linguistic scholars founded the Organization of the Novodoman Academy, the precursor organization lobbying for the Creation of the actual Academy itself.
In this time, Ma͑s and the Organization published the Novodoman Papers, otherwise known as the outlining document which birthed the Novodoman language. The Papers were the product of months of compiling various dialects of Ne͗va Ledo͑ma across the archipelago and extrapolating a reasonable successor to the language. The Novodoman Papers led to the approval of and the eventual creation of the Novodoman Linguistic Academy on November 15, 1839. The Novodoman Academy still regulates the language today.
The geographic distribution of the Novodoman Language is listed in the chart below, in a list of islands determined from north to south.
Total Speakers (Estimate)
Rank (Among La Paz de Los Ricos)
11 of 15
9 of 15
6 of 15
7 of 15
3 of 15
1 of 15
2 of 15
4 of 15
8 of 15
10 of 15
12 of 15
5 of 15
13 of 15
14 of 15
15 of 15
The table suggests that the highest concentrations of Novodoman speakers are collected in the center of the nation, which both have the highest Mara͗n populations, and were the first to gain independence from Spain (in 1764). Isula Girante has the highest amount of native speakers, with its position literally and figuratively central to the Magos Archipelago and its politics. The Northern and Southern Outer Islands, the eight islands on the extreme north and south of the nation, have the lowest populations and Mara͗n influence.
The Novodoman language uses an independent Latin-based alphabet, the Novodoman alphabet. The Novodoman alphabet is distinguished among others for its usage of only 19 distinct letters (disregarding vowel variations marked with Chyas or Aichas), which is rarely seen in the larger Latin American and Western cultural zone it inhabits. The alphabet is listed below, displaying all 19 letters (with all vowel variations included).
Chyas ("c") and Aichas ("ɔ") are Novodoman diacritics. Chyas primarily indicate the sound /ʎ/ (with some variants including /ʝ/ and /ˈɟ͡j/, the latter of which only exists in the Southern Outer Islands dialect), while Aichas primarily indicate the sound /ʋ/ (with some variations including /w/). They are widely used in Novodoman.
Keep in mind that the position of the Chyas and Aichas matter. A Chya or Aicha placed above a vowel (A͑ or A͗ respectively) indicates that its appropriate vocalization (/ʎ/ and /ʋ/ respectively) occurs prior to the vowel, while a Chya or Aicha placed below a vowel (A̜ or A̹ respectively) indicates that its vocalization occurs after the vowel.
As such, A͑ may be realized as /ʎa/ ("ya"), A̜ may be realized as /aʎ/ ("ay"), A͗ may be realized as /ʋa/ ("ua"), and A̹ may be realized as /aʋ/ ("au").
About (spoken without full closure of lips)
Spouse (pronounce with a "pop")
Autumn (pronounce with a "flap")
Below are the respective scripts for Novodoman. They each are labeled with a short description below. They are formatted to contain the letter, the English equivalent, and the phoneme (with linked example) to demonstrate the sound they approximate.
As previously stated, the Novodoman alphabet contains only nineteen unique characters (not including the four variations of each vowel as altered with a diacritic, which if included, creates thirty-nine total characters). The Novodoman alphabet removed the concept of "q", as used in English, alongside Spanish digraph "ll", commonly seen as referring to the sound /ʎ/ or /ʝ/. Other alphabetical exclusions are the digraphs "th" (/θ/), "sh" (/ʃ/), and "ch" (/tʃ/), which all fell out of use in favor of a singular consonant followed by a diacritical vowel variation.
Novodoman is a language heavily based off of its parent language, Spanish, meaning it adopts a majority of its grammar and syntax from the Spanish language. Alongside this basis, Novodoman is also highly influenced from now-extinct spoken Mara͗n language (which supposedly had no central grammatical structure), taking many of its inflections from that language.
Novodoman exhibits three genders; a male gender (Ex. "The [masculine] thing" is "E̹o koto"), used with masculine-characterized objects, or male beings (Ex. "The boy" is "E̹o inano͑"); a female gender (Ex. "The [feminine] thing" is "E̹a kota"), used with feminine-characterized, or female beings (Ex. "The girl" is "E̹a inana͑"); and a neuter gender (Ex. "The [neutral] thing" is "E̹e kote"), used with non-gendered objects, as well as when the gender of an object or being is unknown (Ex. "The baby" [unknown gender] is "E̹e envante"). Neuter gender can be used in place of gendered words if the speaker is unsure of their gender, although this is considered an informal practice.
Novodoman is a subject-object-verb language, which differs from Spanish's subject-verb-object structure (a suspected carry from the extinct Mara͗n language). Primary nouns take precedence in Novodoman. (Ex. English - "He speaks English" [subject-verb-object] | Spanish - "Él habla inglés" [subject-verb-object] | Novodoman - "E̹o E͑nclo a͑bao͗" [subject-object-verb, literally "He English-speak"])
Basic (not comprehensive) verb conjugation are reliant on two factors, the person (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th person) as well as the number (singular or plural). Beginning with the person, there are four: first person (the speaker), second person (the listener), third person (the descripted, specific and/or gendered) and fourth person (the descripted, nonspecific, or specific yet ungendered). Following to the number, there are two numbers: one (a single subjects or object), or more than one (multiple subjects or object). Stem-changing conjugations do not exist in Novodoman. To clarify, consider the Novodoman word "a͑ba̹" (to speak), and its eight present tense conjugations:
(remember that the suffix "-a̹" is being replaced by the conjugative ending, whilst "a͑b-", the word's body, remains constant and is not affected by conjugations)
(also remember that all Novodoman verbs end in "-a̹", so no separate verb suffix conjugation exist)
There exist various dialects in La Paz de Los Ricos' language, with over 50 distinct variations having been discovered since it found widespread usage on the Magos Archipelago. Most of these dialects are products of the islands' historical colonial occupations, or simply the amount of native Novodoman speakers influencing the dialect. Many distinct and major accents have emerged in various insular regions of La Paz de Los Ricos as a result of the emergence of these different dialects. Listed below are several major dialects, their characteristics, and their resulting accents in the Novodoman language.
The Metropolitan Novodoman dialect (also known as Standard Novodoman) is the most widespread and most commonly heard dialect of Novodoman. Metropolitan Novodoman was the first dialect to develop, evolving from its predecessor, the now-extinct Ne͗va Ledo͑ma language. It is present across all of La Paz de Los Ricos, particularly among those speaking Novodoman as a second language, but it is mostly heard in urban, and it is often concentrated in large cities (such as the nation's capital. It is often seen as "proper" to speak with a Metropolitan Novodoman, as it is the most understandable and basic of all Novodoman dialects.
Metropolitan Novodoman is characterized by its "average" pronunciation, which refers to how Metropolitan speakers employ precise and undistorted phonemes. It is distinguishable due to its lack of exaggerated or stressed pronunciations, lending it the term "normal Novodoman". It is the most universally understandable of all Novodoman dialects, and it is the appropriate dialect taught to new speakers.
The Pe͗lso Novodoman dialect (lit. "town Novodoman") is a widespread dialect which is often heard in rural environments, and is often concentrated in the interiors of Isulas Manele͑, Girante, Ranga, Kure̜o, and Navaco͑ba, where large farming communities are often present. Pe͗lso Novodoman evolved naturally as isolated farming communities began speaking Novodoman, and its development is largely attributed to the necessity for farmers to shout across long distances in order to communicate to each other.
Pe͗lso Novodoman is characterized as a very harsh pronunciation of all consonants, particularly with "k" (/k/) and "t" (/t/) having noticeably sharp and abrupt pronunciations. Consonants in Pe͗lso Novodoman are heavily stressed, lending it the nickname "spitter's speak".
The Northern Outer Islands Novodoman dialect (often shortened to "NOI Novodoman") is a dialect of Novodoman spoken on the Northern Outer Islands of La Paz de Los Ricos. These islands, Isulas deve̹a Pre͑ma, No̹magosa͑n, Soru͑l, and deve̹o No̹te all have a unique colonial relationship and history. Novodoman was not introduced to the Northern Outer Islands until the mid-to-late twentieth century. Prior to this point, the islands had been occupied by Spain until 1898, when they were ceded United States of America following the Spanish-American war. The islands were occupied by the US until 1968, during which American English was introduced to local civilians. Once the Northern Outer Islands were annexed by La Paz de Los Ricos in 1968, Novodoman was introduced, which mixed with the now-present American English to create a distinct dialect of Novodoman.
Northern Outer Islands Novodoman is characterized by its glottal similarities with General American. As a result of American colonial presence on the islands, the American General accent and phonology merged with Novodoman to form a unique variety. This dialect is characterized by the Americanized vowels it employs, particularly with its use of /ɒ/ in some instances of the letter "o", along with several softened consonants (such as some instances of /ɾ/ when realizing the letter "t" or "d", despite not being the intended realizations). The accent of Northern Outer Islands Novodoman loosely mirror General American English.
The Southern Outer Islands Novodoman dialect is the dialect of Novodoman spoken on the Southern Outer Islands (Isulas A͑speransa͑tu, Apare͑t, Arasa͗lan, and Ke͑panu) of La Paz de Los Ricos. These islands were Spanish colonies from around the early 1600s until 1898, when they were ceded in the Spanish-Ricano War. During their colonial history, Canarian Spanish and Asturian were widespread among locals, which were brought by settlers from the Caribbean. Following their cession, these islands briefly formed the League of Island Republics, an alliance of republican governments on the four islands which lasted until 1945, following an Imperial Japanese invasion during World War II. In 1964, they were eventually reintegrated into La Paz de Los Ricos. Over time, various languages have been spoken on the islands, all of which contributed to the larger Southern Outer Islands dialect present on the islands.
Southern Outer Islands Novodoman is characterized by it's similarities to Canarian Spanish. It's most distinguishing attribute is how speakers of the dialect often compress multiple consonants into one sound, or simply overlook some consonants. The most common examples are: the exclusion of /s/ in certain situations where another consonant is present, the sharpening of the Chya "c" (/ʎ/ into /ˈɟ͡j/), and the softening of most cases of the vowel "a" into /ɛ/, as well as the vowel "e" into /ɪ/, a phenomenon unique in Novodoman to this region.
Since the development of Novodoman (including the era of Refined Ne͗va Ledo͑ma for infomation's sake), thousands of important documents, ranging from political legislation to economic treatises to philosophical literature, have been authored in the language. Novodoman writing was at its peak, arguably, in two eras: the later years of Pax Septima (around 1838 to 1848, the era which birthed the language), and Pax Ricana, (1946 to 2051, the era of early La Paz de Los Ricos), the two most peaceful eras in the nation's history, and the two peaks of cultural development. Important Novodoman publications can be found below.
November 15, 1838
The document spawning the Novodoman language.
April 18, 1961
The Islands of Madness is a retrospective analysis of the
October 12, 2006
This manifesto, authored by (then fourth Commander)
May 12, 2007
This manifesto, authored by (then fourth Commander)
June 24, 2013
This essay, authored by (then fourth Commander)
September 22, 1835
The Ricano Premier Law is the four highest documents
Two major organizations help maintain the stability of the Novodoman language, both of which are situated in La Paz de Los Ricos, and founded by Ricanos:
- The Linguistic Academy of Novodoman (Novodoman: Akadema͑ deve̹a Navado͑ma) was formally founded on January 3, 1839, in the city of Fuo͑ra, by the late scholar Ms. U̜lo Ma͑s and the Organization of the Academy of Novodoman (Novodoman: Orkanisaso͑n deve̹o Akadema͑ deve̹a Navado͑ma). The Academy's founding was catalyzed by the publication of the Novodoman Papers. The Academy's mission statement is "to preserve the culture of La Paz de Los Ricos the one way this foundation can: the protection of the stability of the Novodoman language; as well as to encourage the population to learn and speak the Novodoman tongue."
- The National Angle of the Treangolist Triultarchy of La Paz de Los Ricos is the national sector of the Ricano government. This sector of the government can be characterized as the political entity itself (not the actual legislature, nor the public), and includes the culture, the history, the past, present, and future of the nation. This angle of the Treangolist government is dedicated to the preservation of the nation's zeitgeist.