| Proto-Austronesian Hebrew |
|Spoken in:||the Philippines|
|Conworld:||almost the real world|
|Total speakers:||none presently|
|Basic word order:||VSO/SVO|
|Robert Marshall Murphy||2012 A.D.|
After their capture in and transportation from the Ancient Near East (ANE), the Paleo-Hebrew (PH) people maintained their language and culture as best they could while surrounded by the feudal lords of the Philippines. The one advantage they had in this otherwise impossible quest was their knowledge of writing, something that would not become common in the area for nearly a thousand years. The heterogenous make-up of the original core group who left the Levant was very diverse, but scholars speculate that speakers of Phoenician, Moabite, (Ugaritic?,) Akkadian, and Amorite had some influence. The writers, however, identify as Israelian Hebrew, that is, Northern, "Aramaic influenced" Hebrew. The majority left the Levant in the eight century B.C. and travelled mostly over land until they reached the Kingdom of the Philippines. Some must have come earlier and either scholars or documents (or both) must also have come later. Over the centuries, the Austronesian sounds (and grammar!) of Proto-Austronesian (PAn) and Proto-Malayo-Polynesian (PMP) radically reshaped this unexpected stranger from the other side of the world.
In the 1920's and 30's, Hiroyuki Fujisaka (藤坂 弘幸) discovered an unknown number of inscriptions, tablets and ostraca on the island of Mindoro, which were written in a cuneiform script. This script was purportedly the basis for the Brāhmī script, even older than the edicts of Ashoka. Hiro transcribed all of them into a unique adaptation of the Japanese katakana syllabary. He returned to his professorship in Taihoku (Taipei) and sent his notes back to Japan. Fujisaka was killed in the war, and his notes were lost until 1996. All the original artifacts are still lost, though extensive digs are underway, looking for more. In 2007, Graham McCauley connected PAH with what is now known as Proto-Polynesian Hebrew (PPH) and proposed the overarching term "Proto-Oceanic Hebrew" to cover them both. PPH (somewhat arbitrarily) extends from 1 A.D. to around 1000 A.D., when these Semitic people(s) who had been involuntarily transported without a writing system to New Zealand then were taken off-world. On Chatham Island, they had invented a new alphabet (which later influenced the Easter Island civilization), and wrote the famous Motutapu Ostraca, some time around the middle of the first millennium of the Common Era.
- Writing System
- Tri-letter Roots
- Case and State
- Verbs (brief outline)
- Weak Verbs
- A term preferred by Gary A. Rendsburg of Rutgers