Agausian (Agausian: Agūsuri, pronounced [ɑgəʊzjɑ]) is the official and national language of the Republic of Agausia. Agausian can trace its roots to a branch of the Kartvelian language family. Agausian is thought to have cemented its status as the dominate language during Tamar the Great's rule over Agausia in the 12th century. Its speakers today number approximately three million.
It is not know when Agausian was first developed, but it is theorized that groups of Kartvelian migrants spread northeastward into eastern Georgia, Russia, and Agausia, possibly accompanied by linguistic assimilation of East Caucasian speakers. There is another theory that the ancestors of the Agausians could have been related to a Neolithic culture from the highland Dagestan.
Classification [back to contents]
No claimed genetic links between the Kartvelian languages and any other language family in the world are accepted in mainstream linguistics. Among the Kartvelian languages, Agausian is most closely related Georgian and the so-called Zan languages (Megrelian and Laz); glottochronological studies indicate that it split from the former nearly 1,000 years ago.
Demographics [back to contents]
Agausian has four varieties besides Standard Agausian: Northern, Central, Souther and Western - each being mutually intelligible with each other.
History [back to contents]
The modern Agausian alphabet was created in the early 1920s during latinization. Agausian linguist Elijah Yagmur Ivanovi (Elā Āgmur Ivanovi), together with Greek linguist, composer, and theologian Pavlos Antonelis (Παύλος Αντωνέλης) adapted the Agausian language, previously written in the Georgian script to a latin script. Ivanovi and Antonelis' alphabet was a fundamental step in strengthening Agausian national identity.
Phonology [back to contents]
Examples [back to contents]
Agausian Alphabet (Agūsuri Anbani)
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one
another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Ḱvela adamāni ibadeba tavisupali da tanastsėri ǵirsebita da ūplebebit.
Isini daildovebulni arān gonėrebita da sindisit da ertmanetis mimart mobis
sulisḱvetebit ūnda moiktsėnen.
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