Gaak (CCC)

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Gaak (CCC)

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The Gaak culture hasn't been quiet; it's just not being entered into the language round. I would've liked to do more, but didn't have time:

Gaak History
The trade towns flourished and became cities, and they were supported by a well-defined agricultural area. The first states formed. In general they were led by a group of elders, a decision-making body of both munkees and amphibimorphs. Their decisions were then carried out by the Arm, a munkee leader with the role of protection of the city and its interests, be it martial, judicial or diplomatic. A group of civil servants, made up mostly of amphibimorphs, would take administrative duties in the city. The formerly semi-nomadic family groups of the forest became more sedentary and more mixed, as amphibimorphs and munkee farms overlapped and gave them more opportunities to work side-by-side.
There was a general migration south, where some munkees and amphibimorphs found the cities and their states too stifling. They carried on a simpler and independent way of life, which hadn’t changed much in the year 4000, except on the coast, where mixed clans were forming, inspired by amphibimorph access to sea fruits that munkees loved so much. These munkees would build and pilot simple boats, allowing amphibimorphs to swim down to deep depths and gather the fruits.
Two cities, Qah and Kir, took prominence for nearly 1000 years. However, around 3800 the formerly proud city Kir found itself with a smaller population of amphibimorphs. Some have suggested that the quality of the river Megeh became too poor for the amphibimorphs to breed there. Kir collapsed and only a few munkee “Arm-doms” remained. Without the stabilising influence of the amphibimorphs, these tribal states have become more aggressive and jealous of the wealth to the south, often launching unprovoked attacks. In response, the Arms of the south took on increasingly military roles.

Gaak Language
Gaak Munkee language, before contact with amphibimorphs, was very similar to human vocal languages, supplemented by hand signs. After contact with amphibimorphs the hand signs were mostly lost and tone complexity rose. Pre-munkee amphibimorph language was defined by complex tones and voice quality; after, contact vowels and consonants became slightly more prominent, though in limited ways. In the farming families traditional language types remained, but in the trade towns munkee and amphibimorphs created curious pidgins, with features of both.
The language described here is a language spoken by educated munkees of Qah and heavily influenced by contact with amphibimorphs. Both species may be considered to speak the same language, but in the case of the amphibimorphs, combinations of voice quality and tone are more complex, whereas consonants and vowels can be simpler than this.

Phonology
Consonants
/m n̼ ɸ θ̼ x p t̼ k/ <m n f s q p t k>

Vowels
/ä ə ɨ/ <a e i>

Tones
/11 33 55 15 51 21 23 42 45 242 424 351/ <1 Ø 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11>

Voice Quality
Modal, creaky <g>, voiceless <h>, breathy <r>, nasalized <n>.

Phonotactics
CV
Romanised Gaak is written in this order: CVQT (Consonant, Vowel, Voice quality, Tone)

Typology
SOV
All phrases must include either “do” or one of a few modal verbs.
Verbs inflected for modality

Place Names
Qag (Gaak) - river in the south, root
Meg2eh4 - river in the North, branch
Fah9 - town people
Fen6 - cloud, wanderer
Kir6 – (town)
Qah1 – (town)
It was about time I changed this.

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Re: Gaak (CCC)

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Here's a map of the area around the year 4000. It shows the two major cities, Kir and Qah (by 4000 Kir had collapsed). It also shows the regions.
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Northern Armdoms is the area where amphibimorphs abandoned and where only "barbaric" munkees exist.
Federation of Cities isn't quite a federation, but there are basic agreements and alliances between cities. This becomes galvanised into a federation when the Northern Armdoms become more aggressive. Qah is the city around which the Gaak Duarcy formed (see CCC religions thread).
The Southern Tribes are where munkee and amphibimorph groups have spread, a little outside the influence of the cities.

By 5000, the Northern Armdoms and Federation of Cities are part of the Gaak Duarchy. The South remains largely out of the control of the Duarchy, though with heavy influence from it.

The island and the land in the south west are untouched by Gaak culture (even the Southern Tribes derive from Gaak culture). Though there are other Amphibimorph cultures existing here, as yet "uncontacted".

(and thanks, Torco, for providing such a detailed map)
It was about time I changed this.

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