The Central language family is part of the Eastern family.
- Caďinor branch
- Kahinisa branch
- Kahinisa+ (Kaini)
- Arániceri branch
- Arániceri +
We run into some tricky terminological issues here. The Central people seemed to have had no single name for themselves, and indeed no great sense of themselves as a single people; we should not read their later unity under the Caďinorians into their early years. To be accurate, we should divide the Central peoples into the Kahinisa, the Caďinorians, and the Arániceri, corresponding to the political and linguistic foci in the north, middle, and southern Svetla. (There may have been other groups to the east, lost in the Munkhâshi invasion.)
The first two of these names are cognate, and derive from proto-Central *kaduns ‘(people of the) river fork’. The nominal reflex is Caďinas, adjectival caďin, both in Caďinor and Verdurian. This was borrowed into Cuêzi, using an adjectivizing suffix, as cazinoro; this in turn probably determined the name of the language, Caďinor. (Before intensive contact with the Cuzeians, there was little need to give the language a name.) I’ve used ‘Caďinorian’ as the adjective in English, reserving ‘Caďinor’ for the name of the language.