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When the waters rose, the small nations, those closest to the water, suffered and vanished. Their people struggled to hold their identity against the Way of Every Person and the Good Language which it imposed. The world government tired of their complaints and offered them emigration to the other bodies of the Solar System. The largest of these was Mars; the second largest was Ceres. The Dal-Ikris (male Dal-Keres, female Dil-Kersa), the settlers of Ceres, established Calvino Cities anchored above Dil-Bar, the interior ocean of Ceres, and prospered. After a half-century, the Dal-Ikris colonized Vesta, whose inhabitants became known as the Dal-Vosot (male Dal-Ivsat, female Dil-Vesta). 

The language of the Dal-Ikris and the Dal-Vosot was not the same as that of their ancestors, despite the efforts of their teachers and scholars. The articles were kept, but the demonstrative combined with the definite article, leaving a typical male-female-plural pattern “dal-dil-dal”. The difference between “dal – singular” and “dal – plural” appeared in the distinct forms of the noun, e.g., “dal-ktib” “the book”, “dal-kotba” “the books”. Diminution devastated the regularity of the personal pronouns. The affirmative pronouns became “ina, ti, u, i, nana, tom, uma” “1s, 2s, 3ms, 3fs, 1p, 2p, 3p”, while the negative pronouns became “nish, tish, mush, mish, tomsh, umish”. The verb also suffered simplification: the seven forms of the ancestral language reduced to three: male-female-plural. An example is “to write”: past “kiteb, kitbet, kitbu”, imperative “ikteb, iktbu”, non-past “yikteb, tikteb, yiktbu.”There were also negative forms “ma ktibsh, ma kitbitsh, ma kitbush, ma tiktibsh, ma tiktbush, ma yiktibsh, ma tiktibsh, ma yiktbush” and interrogative “shkiteb, shkitbet, shkitbu, shyikteb, shtikteb, shyiktbu.” Simplification, however, was not universal: the reduction of the verbal paradigm forces each combination with the personal pronoun to indicate gender; the speaker of “ina ma ktibsh” “I will not write” could only be a girl.