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Period c. 0-200 YP
Spoken in Rathedān
Total speakers c. 3.5 million
Writing system adapted
Tjakori script
Classification Edastean
Basic word order SVO
Morphology isolating
w/ some fusion
Alignment NOM-ACC
Created by Dewrad

Classical Adāta was spoken in the Dāiadak city states of the Rathedān highlands in the time period around 0 YP. With the expansion of the Empire of Athalē from 200 YP onward, the language spread across most of the middle and upper Eigə valley. In 414 YP, Imperial Adāta was declared official language of the empire by Khepōnon I, thereby further strengthening its position outside the Dāiadak heartlands and largely replacing local tongues such as Ndok Aisô and Ktacwa.


A map showing the distribution of Adāta and its sister languages around 100 YP.

Adāta is descended from the southwestern dialects of Ndak Ta, forming part of the Edastean language family, which in turn belongs to the Talo-Edastean subbranch of the Macro-Edastean family. Sister languages of Adāta include Fáralo, Naidda, and Ndok Aisô (listed in decreasing order of historical significance but increasing closeness to Adāta).


A map showing the languages descended from Adāta, dating to c. 1200 YP.

Adāta is the ancestor of the Dāiadak branch of the Edastean language family. Direct descendants of Adāta were:


  • Sinakan, dizaka xezor, dizaka ax las ax Kāxad, mēkat ax Zama on ax Thālo, ro abise sip: Īlanu i ro ape ob ōpākātia ax meze ai, eze dizakalas rūlas ro īr hēkon īla in.
  • [ ˈ | ˈ ˈxe.zor | ˈ ax las ax ˈkaː.xad | ˈmeː.kat ax ˈ ɔn ax ˈtʰaː.lo | ro ˈ sip ‖ ˈiː i ro ˈ ɔb oːˈpaː.kaː.tja ax ˈme.ze aj | ˈe.ze ˈ ˈruː.las ro iːr ˈheː.kɔn ˈiː.la in ]
  • Sinakan, king great, king of land of Kāxad, brother of Sun and of Moon, AFF say-HAB.SG this.way: before 1SG AFF sit-HAB.SG near throne of father 1SG-POSS, all foreign AFF be-FTL.HAB.SG hostile to 1SG.OBL

(taken from the Tsinakan text)

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