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Evolution of Rùma
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A description of how the Rùma language came to be.
This public article was written by walc, and last updated on 3 Jun 2018, 17:23.

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Rùma is primarily spoken in Valdare, but its origins lie across an ocean.

Long ago, on a continent across the sea, Ruyma-speaking peoples set sail for a new home. They settled on the coast of the continent Lonos, in the Nalga Gulf, where they found a thriving indigenous society: the Skaradyr. Ruym people, unfamiliar with the local climate and lands, struggled to survive. Ruym colonizers, desperate to survive, began to integrate into Skaradyr cities, offering technological knowledge in return.

This initiated a mutually beneficial relationship between the two people, and the two societies began to blend together in the area around the Nalga Gulf. Increased contact between the languages of Skaradok and Ruyma, and the Ruym ability to read and write, led to the transformation of Ruyma into a trade language. Ruyma incorporated many words from Skaradok into their vocabulary, but the most significant changes came from the fronting of the verb and subject in Ruyman syntax. Over hundreds of years of societal cooperation and intermingling, Ruyman word order changed from OVS to an SVO language. This virtual reversal in sentence structure has left odd prepositional placement in the resulting language, Rùma.

In addition to syntactic changes, the trade language of the continent progressed through significant sound changes, including the lowering of high vowels between consonants, voicing of single consonants between vowels, and the changing of some standalone vowel sounds entirely.

The product of these grammatical and phonetic alterations is the language of Rùma, which is now spoken by millions of people in the three major countries on the continent of Lonos:  Valdare,  Hadrea, and  Anove. Skaradok is still spoken in the north, where primarily ethnic Skaradyr people still live.
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