Ancient and Modern Kathulan

Kathula have two main types of native languages: ancient Kathulan and modern Kathulan.

Differences

Ancient Kathulan

  • Read from right to left.
  • It relies on sound variations and subtle tail motions (tail sign language). Kind of like how cats communicate with each other.
  • There are written words for this form of Kathulan, but these are more like onomatopoeia rather than actual words. They are squiggly and Kathula move their tails following the squiggly line to make out which letter or word it is.
  • This language was more or less a dialect of anthropomorphics. It was used among Kathula when they were still a specie of the anthropomorphic race.
  • It was soon called “the oral one” and lost many of its sound variations as Kathula began to communicate more and more through a new written, spoken, and signed Kathulan.
  • Today “the oral one” is referred to as ancient Kathulan.

Modern Kathulan

  • It is a structured language with proper grammar. It is a written, spoken, and tail-signed sign language.
  • It was adapted after Kathula isolated themselves from other races during Human invasion.
  • Today it is referred to as modern Kathulan, but back in the day it was just called “the written one” in contrast to “the oral one”.

Related article: Kathula – a Wiki (can find information on how Kathula became a race)


Commonly Spoken Language

Modern Kathulan is spoken between Kathula. Any written Kathulan is in modern Kathulan as well.

Ancient Kathulan appears as a term of greeting in the story: “Ro” which means “hello”. It is seldom used anymore. The only exception is an ancient book about the Scepter of Tamido written entirely in Ancient Kathulan probably as a form of code to protect it against other races.

Sign Language in Both

Both modern and ancient Kathulan can be signed with Kathula tails. Sometimes Kathula shift between ancient and modern even within the same sentence, but this is a rare occurrence. Most Kathula today prefer modern Kathulan.

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