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[Nozrath] Zahumsaleah ([Old] Icoyan "The Old Language") is a liturgical former conlang spoken in an alternate Earth in about 1445. The language was originally devised by the [cult of] Incolenites as a way of having an official language to unite all members and have a way of being closer to their deities. The language was originally spoken in southwestern France and northeastern Spain (until the Inquistion), later- Western Germany (until the Nazi takeover), and even later- northeastern United States and eastern Canada (1932-present) with a total of 700 speakers and 19,000 members.
The old Zahumsaleah developed into the modern Yanios Zehumsaleah (Modern Icoyan "The Common Language"); a language used for everyday speak between members and their families. The old form of the language survives a liturgical language for various high priests and bishops. The Old language is incredibly hard to master and takes 11 years or more of study, while the Common language takes as much as 7 years to be fluent in. Most other members are fluent in other languages such as English, French, or Irish (all three in descending order). Every member knows at least one year's worth of Zahumsaleah by the time they're 12 years old.
The language was originally half-conlang half-glossalia, but later modified to fit a grammar of an actual language and became a natlang (of Rashaeoh) in about 1893. Its creators are only known by ther pseudonyms (Uonem, Karanset, and Oidozto). Not much else about its founders are known or the language is known to the masses.
Various schisms have dissolved the culture into five (formerly six) foundations; Uonican, Karansetite, Oidzotic, Fenudan, Yatalisan, and formerly Ruhgobanian. The various sects all use Zahumsaleah as their liturgical language, with intelligeable dialects of Yanios Zahumsaleah Phonology
There are 40 consonants appearing in the Zahumsaleah language, most of which appear in a fortified-lenited pair (or in the case of non-laryngeal plosives, a fortified-medialized-lenited trio). An <x> below an IPA symbol means ballisticization.
|Nasal||m̊ʲ m͓ᴴ||n̊ʲ n͓ᴴ||ŋ|
|Plosive||(pᴴ) b b͓ˠ||(tᴴ) d d͓ˠ||(kᴴ) k k̤||q̥~ɢ̬||ʔ|
|Fricative||ɸʲ ɸ̤||θʲ ðʷ||(sᴴ) s̤ʲ z͓ᴴ||ɕ||xʲ ɣ͓ʷ||ħʲ ʕ̤||ʜ ʢ͓||h|
|Approximant||ʍ̤ w||j||ʍ̤ w|
|Close||iː yː ḭ̰ː y̰̰ː|
|Mid||e̞ e̞ː ḛ̰ː˕||ə||o̞ o̞ː o̰̰ː˕|
|Open||ɒː ɑː ɒ̰̰ː ɑ̰̰ː|