So Haleza Grise wrote:
There appear to be some We:dei cities in Easterner territory; are these trading outposts or something?
I should clarify: the map actually shows all the towns founded by the Wede:i and Jeori. The political boundaries are for -400, but some of the towns are anachronisms at that date. (Jeor was not actually settled very much at that time, for instance.)
Do you envision giving Cuolese and Jeori each their own seperate pages in the future?
Possibly, but it's not a very high priority. I couldn't really do it anyway till Xurnese and Tzhuro are done. And frankly I don't think they'll be fascinating languages; the interesting part of their grammars are the Wede:i inheritance-- the rest will be Axunashin/Xurnash influence. I'm more interested in the Western languages (which are polysynthetic) and even Uytainese (which looks isolating for now).
Jeori is now a dead language, not spoken as a native tongue anywhere, is this correct? Or are there still isolated pockets where it exists?[
How widespread is the knowledge of modern Jeori (I suppose I'm really asking a question about the Tasuc Tei education system)? Is it a requirement for any kind of professional life, or can most people, outside of maybe state officials and bureaucrats, get by without it?
Jeori is entirely dead as a native language-- it doesn't even have its own Gaeltacht. Intellectuals have struggled to maintain it, and though Tasuc Tei doesn't have a pure Revaudo system, intellectuals do have a lot of power and influence. They've succeeded in getting it taught in the local equivalent of high schools, which means the elite is exposed to it at least; and there are festivals with (e.g.) plays and songs entirely in Jeori. The bureaucrats approve of all this (anything that reinforces the country's identity is good for them), but don't necessarily learn the language.
On a morphological/syntatic note, it was perhaps surprising to see that both We:dei descendent branches maintained both their accusative and dative cases under pressure from Xurnese, which, as I understand it, has a pragmatics-based case system. Does the "free word order" rule from We:dei still apply? Is topicalisation used as a word order feature?
Axunashin case usage is evolving.
It used to be topic/comment, but this no longer seems likely to me. Xurnese lacks nominal cases.
The cases in the Wede:i languages are pretty easy-- I don't think there's much pressure to eliminate them. Word order still pretty much resembles Wede:i (as you can see from the sample sentences).