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Zireen and Sangari (was Re: Star Trek)

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Friday, May 19, 2006, 1:42
Jörg Rhiemeier wrote:
> Hallo! >>In my fictional reality (Azir), the Zireen and Sangari are closely >>enough related to interbreed, but they've been separated for so long >>that none of their languages or words in their languages (beyond recent >>borrowings) are recognizable as being related. > > > How long ago did they separate from each other?
I don't know the exact date. At least tens of thousands of years in the past, and probably less than a million.
>> There's a general >>tendency for their languages to have ergative/absolutive syntax and >>morphology (in contrast to the "Elvish" languages which are more >>nominative/accusative), but not much else in common. > > > Are Proto-Zireen and Proto-Sangari reconstructible, or are these too too far > remote in the past?
As with humans, writing was invented long after languages had diversified. Additionally, much of the early Zireen history has been lost.