Fesian, natively Fēstēlus was the primary language of the Republic of Tūsīco. Hailing from the southwest of Sandula, the ancestor of Fesian is little understood (if I'm being honest, it doesn't exist). Fesian had very regular morphological patterns and syntax that was very loose. Fesian's descendants are among the most spoken languages in modern Sandula.
| Fesian |
|Spoken in:||The Republic of Tūsīco|
|Total speakers:||16.5 Million|
|Basic word order:||SOV|
|Writing system:||Statatris sen Fēstēlus|
Phonology and Orthography
The phonology of Fesian was relatively small compared to its neighbor Kalersan. It's most distinctive feature are the geminate consonants /pː/ /tː/ /kː/ and /sː/. It also features long vowels in every place.
|Plosive||p pː||b||t tː||d||k kː||g|
|High||i iː||u uː|
|High-mid||e eː||o oː|
Allophony and Sound Change
Fesian exhibited allophonic nasal vowels at the end of words. This sound change is found in most of the Central Fesian languages, excluding the North and Northwest Central groups. /s/ following long vowels changed to /h/, eventually being dropped. /k(ː)/ shifted to /ʧ(ː)/ before front vowels, as did /g/ to /ʤ/. /n/ before velars shifted to /ŋ/.
Fesian was written in the Fesian alphabet, known natively as Statatris sen Fēstēlus. It is derived from the old Kalersan script.
Fesian has been analyzed as a polysynthetic language by some linguists. It features highly complex verbs with noun classifier incorporation, with comparatively simple nouns. Its syntax is very lax, with SOV being a default order.