AHC Alternate or Surviving Languages

Language: Coastal Nippon
Official language: Senotakai ki no okoku, The kingdom of the tall trees
Family: Japonic
Lone Words: 5% to 50% Aleut in the Southern coastal dialects and up to 15% from the Local Salish languages.
Speech area: Centered around Puget Sound and along the coast into the Western parts of the Columbia River valley and South into central Oregon.
Several dialect are spoken farther south along the coast.
History: The Second invasion of Japan by the Mongols succeeds . Trade flows up along the northern Pacific Rim, intensified by gold being discovered in the lands north of the Islands. A settlement is set up by the Mongols and staffed by Japanese merchants on a large island to facilitate the trade from the north and east. Trade is also started farther south with the Peoples of the Poles.
The mongols are over thrown after about 50 years and a period on instability ensues as the various clans struggle for supremancy.
The Murakami Clan lost badly and fled to the north east. They followed the trade routes down the inner passage and settled the lands around Puget Sound.
The south coast was settled by a Sea Otter hunters employed by the Murakami. They spoke a Japanese Aleut pidgen, which was later overlaid by the standard language during the early 1600 during the time of the greatest expansion of Senotakai ki no okoku. The expansion was halted and partly reversed by a coalition of tribes led by the Niimiipuu under their war chief Walammettinin.
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Language: Bellarese or Bella Makassarese (basa' Bellaksara'); known in Spanish as Belarés; in Mapungundun as Suwargundun (Suwar is more or less the Mapungundun transliteration of Sulawesi)
Its time to expand the alternative language families.

Language: Rekassarese (basa' Rekossar); also known as Rekoha
Region: OTL Chantham Islands, NZ
Family: Austronesian > Malayo-Polinesian > South Sulawesi > Makassaric > Ateran Makassaric > Rekassarese
Writing Script: Lontara script.
Loan Words: This Ateran language got a huge influx of moriori estrates, resulting in the most distant of all the makassaric languages.
History: After the makasaresse colonization of Atera in 1540, it was a question of time to explore the entire achipelago. The first contacts with Morioris were in 1555. The non bellic nature of the moriori helped to extend the commercial and fishing contacts, spliting this makassaric branch from most the family. First literacy records start to appear in 1570.
Language: Nga Kapua
Official language of Whenua I Raro Iho Nge Kapua, The Land below the Clouds.
Language Family: Australasian, Polyneasian
Written in a runic alphabet learned from the kingdoms of the Mississippi
Spoken in the area surrounding The Narrow Lands. On the east coast it extends north to the Yucatan and south along the coast to the Big River and south to where the mountians decline into hills. To the north west it reaches from the lands of the Mexcia in the south to the debated lands north of the reformed Empire of Chan Chan in the south.
History: During a series of intertribal wars on the high islands of central Polyneasia. A defeated chief named Ahohako fled with a fleet of ten double canoes heading for the semi mythical land beyond the sea, far to the east.
They landed and settled a land denuded of people by a long drought. Over the years they quickly spread over the land and along both coasts. They became the great traders of the middle lands, spreading both the use of metal and the lama .
The Modern Kingdom is made up of chiefdoms of the ten tribes under the High King. They have remained the traders and supplies of elite troops through out the world.
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Language: Te Rapa Maori
Official language: Empire of Aotearoa
Family: Australasian, Polyneasian
Lone Words: 5% to 50% Te Reo Maori, Tongan, Rapa Nui
Speech area: Centred around The New Zealand archipelago
Several dialect are spoken farther south along the coast.
History: During the Western Expansion of the Easter Island culture, spreading the building of stone Monoliths and the Rongorongo Script to the Vast Empire of Tu'i Tonga. The Empire than spread this Fusion of Rongorongo script, Rapa Nui Stone monoliths, Tongan Chickens, pigs, dogs and Kumara down into New Zealand.


This Fusion Language of Rapa Nui, Tongan and other Polynesian languages was developed in the isolated archipelago of New Zealand, Heavily isolated from the Rest of the World.

Arrival of Kupe, the mythical Polynesian explorer of New Zealand
The Agricultural capabilities as well as the abundance of the Megafuna, the Moa, allowed for the Te Rapa Maori to develop vast and intricate Fortifications amongst the Mountainous terrain of New Zealand.

Not a full-fledged entry, but...

How late a POD for the survival of the Serenìsima Repùblica Vèneta would involve ƚéngoa vèneta remaining the go-to administrative language of the polity in question? Personally I am fond of regaining Crete rather than the indefensible millstone of the Morea during the Sixth Ottoman War spurring the maintenance of a proper fleet and fall-back position for survival, but how entrenched was Florentine Italian at that point?

In any case, if Venice retains the Stato da Màr into the 19th century (along with independence), to what degree will Corfiot (et al) Greek and the Littoral variants of South-west Slavic be promoted in opposition to the versions backed by nationalist movements in the mainland/interior?
Language: Fanese
Region: Fania (OTL Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Congo)
Family: Indo-European > Italic > Romance > Gallo-Romance > Occitan Romance > Congolese Romance > Fanese
Writing Script: Latin script.
Loan Words: Fanese 5% is based on Fang loans, but its overwhelmed based on Catalan. Fanese is mutually inteligible with Catalan.
History: The kingdom of Aragon multiplied its efforts to extend dominions all over the globe, after the personal union of Castilla and Portugal. XV century saw many aragonese trading posts being built along the African coast, the more succesful were: Port Gentil, Vilalliur, Vilaragon, Punt-Negre and Sant Carles. First fang loans and distinctive fanese treats were found on official letters belonging to Generalitat do Vilalliur in 1510. First recorded military drills in fanese were done in 1530, near Sant Carles (OTL Brazzaville), with distinctive fang terms related to hunt, loaned for military terms.
Language: Platinean Greek (Argyros Ellinika)
Region: Cisplatin Republic, Kalos Aereas Confederacy (OTL Uruguay and Argentina)
Family: Indo-European > Hellenic > Greek > American > Platinean Greek
Writing Script: Greek and Rasnic (OTL Latin) script.
Loan Words: Platinean Greek has influxes from Querandi, Brazilian and Tiranean (OTL Arvanitka).
History: The case of Platinean Greek was a textbook case of inmigration and culture shaping. The nature of the Serfdomship used by the Ottomans, and the Corfu domains playing as middlemen, allowed emigration from most of the greek eyalets to South America. There were more inmigration waves but no one like the Greek Wave, as this period is known (1810-1875). The order no. 1834-50 given by Perísterea City Government (OTL La Paloma, Uruguay) is considered the first official use of Platinean Greek and the starting point of its formal use by the country. By then, Platinean Greek was widely used, supplanting Spanish as the main trade, scholar and vernacular language.
Language: Skraelish
Region: Eskratul(OTL Iceland)
Family: Indo-European>Germanic>North Germanic>Old Norse>West Old Norse>Skraelish
Writing Script: Runic, Latin script
Loan Words: 20% Gaelic, 10% Dorset substrate
History: Greater advances in maritime technology and better horticultural practices allow the Dorset people to eventually reach Iceland around 200 BC-1 AD. They settled the island fairly quickly, and may have had indirect contact with the Old World. They had a hard time with the extreme weather events of 537-538, and entered into contact with the Irish monks who visited the island, picking up many words for them. Therfore, unlike in our history, the Norse found a pre-existing native population, and established a few settlements on the coast. Old World diseases were quite devastating to the Icelanders, and a lot of land was freed up, allowing the Norse to settle there. An entirely new language arose out of the meshing of Gaelic and Dorset influences, which remains quite distinct from all other Germanic languages to this day.
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