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kıeta kı·Tumetıęk

[ˈcʰɛ.tɑ cʰɪ.tʊ.mɛˈtĩ̯ɛ̃k]
Period c. 0 YP
Spoken in northern Wohata plain
Total speakers 150,000 ~ 200,000
Writing system unknown
Classification T1 languages
Basic word order SVO
Morphology agglutinative/fusional
Alignment NOM-ACC
Created by Click, with help from Cedh

Tumetıęk is a language spoken in the northern reaches of Wohata plain in eastern Tuysáfa around 0 YP. It is part of the T1 language family, and thus related to Cednìtıt, Early North, East and West Yalan, Hkətl’ohnim, Omari, Tari, Teyetáti and Tkeḏ.

The language is usually referred to as “Tumetıęk” by its speakers, which is an abbreviated form of kıeta kı·Tumetıęk, which means “language of the Newcomers.”

The demonym Tumetıę “the Newcomers” comes from the time when the Tumetıęk-speaking people were settling the northern Wohata plain. They encountered the Omari there, and the Omari called them tomeč, which meant “new” in their language. This exonym quickly took on among the new people, and it was borrowed in Tumetıęk as tumet. This word was soon regularized into a noun, yielding the current demonym.

A short reference grammar and a lexicon have been published on Tumetıęk.