Harndonian Language

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Harndonian script is constructed from symbols that each represent a letter or sound. All that is needed is to put the symbols together to make a word. To find the (ever growing) dictionary of Harndonian, see the Factbook on the Harndonian Language

Warning: Harndonian is not designed to be written in latin text, and as such it makes no fucking sense at all when it is.

General Rules

  • When writing the transliteration of a Harndonian word in latin text, (where applicable) use * to separate letters that, when combined, would combine to create a different sound. For example: Awa would be pronounced "Ow-a", and A*wa would be pronounced "A-wa".
  • Adjectives and the word(s) they describe are fused together. In the case of place names etc., it doesn't have to just be adjective and noun, but noun and noun (and so on).
  • ' is used to seperate terms from specific rules from the word they operate on (see below).
  • He/She/They/We/I etc. are all spoken separately, and are not attached to or dependent on verbs, regardless of how they are written.
  • There are no masculine or feminine words in Harndonian, so, for example, abbot and abbess are the same word.
  • There are no plural words in Harndonian, so "many trees" turns into "many tree".
  • Adverbs/"ly" verbs: To translate into harndonian, place the right tense ending and correct translation as normal, but place "nol'" (meaning "like") at the start of each word. For example, "sisterly" becomes "nol'boniert" (literally, "like-sister")
  • Words with "ist" endings (eg, communist) have "Borws'" strapped to the beginning of the object word.
  • Words with "or", "er" etc. endings (eg, executioner, operator) have "Borwv'" strapped to the beginning of the object word.

Tenses:

  • Past: Add ne ("neh") at end of word.
  • Present: Add o ("o") at end of word. [Presumed, so not normally added unless for emphasis/clarity]
  • Future: Add in ("een") at end of word.

For transitional tenses (eg past-present etc.), combine the relavent tense suffixes together (past-present becomes neo("neh-o") and so on). The above doesn’t just apply to verbs, ie, accelerator (Thuvao) would be accelerate (Thuva) with a present tense ending (o), or accidental (Mokathne) would be accident (Mokath), with a past tense ending (ne).

Alphabet

The original style of writing (Condensed Harndonian) started to fall out of favour towards the end of the pre-colonial period; during the colonial age, when Harndonian culture was relegated underground, a simplified aplhabet grew out of a need for as many Harndonians as possible to be able to read and understand cultural, practical and organisational information. It was in this way - with Modern Harndonian - that offensives were planned and underground society and culture developed.

Condensed Harndonian

The original Harndonian alphabet, created during a time when writing mediums (parchment, namai paper etc.) were both expensive and fairly scarce. The need to use as little medium as possible to reduce cost and ensure ease of transport in what was (and is still) a majority migratory society. This appplied even when texts were written in settlements, aspect shrines, and choktas, due to the ever-growing export market of Harndonian texts to educated peoples throughout the region. Nowadays, Condensed is reduced to just being a formal or ritualised alphabet, with little to no actual uses outside of ceremony and pre-revolution documents.

Rules

Follow rules listed right

When spoken: follow number order. If basic tense, is strapped on to end of word/clause (when a single tense glyph affects a clause of more than one word, the tense suffix is spoken as a seperate word).

  • When spoken, each indivdiual clause (including affecting aspects) are seperated by commas (slight pauses).
  • Conjunctions use punctuation glyphs outside of word/clause combinations.
  • Conditionality is indicated with a glyph above conjuction.
  • 'The’, ‘to’ etc. are usually omitted unless clause would lose meaning without them.
  • Commas, tenses and pauses not used in aspects.
  • When a surprise/unsurprise glyph follows a certainty glyph, then the two glyphs are spoken as one.
  • Clauses of more than one word that are affected by the same aspects are surrounded by {} brackets.


Modern Harndonian

Unlike Condensed, "Modern" Harndonian is how the language has almost always (save for the inevitable evolutions and changes) been the form that was spoken within the Harndonian region itself(just not necesarily written). When the confederation of tribes declared Harndon an independent nation in 1906, Modern Harndonian was the official language, both in spoken and written form.

Rules

General rules in use in the modern Harndonian writing system, generated from the traditional spoken form. Take note of the rules listed right

As with Condensed: when spoken, clauses follow number order. If a basic tense glyph is present, it is strapped on to end of the subject word. Unlike with Condensed, the only glyphs that can effect words are reduced to 3:

  • Tense and transitional tenses (no other time arguments).
  • Pronouns (no other related arguments) of who/what is involved with the noun or verb
  • Pronouns (no other related arguments) of target of word.

Additionally, there are no multi-word clauses that are affected by glyphs - instead, each word is affected by each glyph accordingly.

  • Conjunctions use punctuation glyphs outside of word/clause combinations.
  • Conditionality is indicated with a glyph above conjuction.



Numerical System

Rules

Each time a glyph in a slot reaches 5, the counter starts again, and 1 is carried up into the next slot. Once all slots are filled, start again at the 2nd slot (top right of the main glyph), adding the next numerical glyph outwards away from the numeral.