Ograrian

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Ograrian is the language of the ogres of Legendworld. It is not a sophisticated language and may seem rather crude to the more noble speaker, but it works very well for their needs. The ogres are a fairly primative race, but they are intelligent enough to make quality architecture, weapons and armor, and art work.

Ograrian has eighteen phonetic glyphs, ten numeric glyphs, and three syntax glyphs. Each phonetic and numeric glyph has a sound as well as a meaning.

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Phonetic Symbols
V R K H F D
V
Metal, Money, Strength
R
Me, Mine, My Clan's
K
Good, Like, Yes
H
Below, Under
F
Great, Large, Big
D
Creature, Animal, (Plant)
L W P T G Z
L
Fire, Life, Light, Warm
W
Before, Past, (After, Present)
P
Weapon, Kill, Attack
T
Clan, Friend, Family
G
Food, Eat, (Water, Drink)
Z
Stone, Hard, (Dirt, Soft)
C B M S J Y
Ch
Go, Do, Be
B
Birth, Start, Begin
M
Beauty, Art, Craft
S
None, Nothing, Empty, Missing
J
Man, Son, Father
Y
Gain, Get, Add

Numeric Symbols
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 2 3 4 5 (less than 6) 6 (sacred)
! @ # $ %  
12 (more than 6) 18 24 30 36 (many)  

Syntax Symbols
. ' 7      
End Opposite Keep      


Because the Ograrian language is without vowels, each phonetic glyph has an 'uh' sound if there is another glyph after it, or if there is only one glyph. Thus T is pronounced "Tuh", TZ is pronounced "Tuhz". If there is a keep glyph ( 7 ) you keep the last "uh". So TZ7 is "Tuhzuh". The keep glyph is used to alter the meaning of the word.

The opposite glyph ( ') changes the preceding glyph to its opposite meaning. It also acts as a vowel modifier, changing the 'uh' sound to 'ah'. So, T'Z is pronounced "tahz". If the opposite glyph is placed at the end of a word, the vowel is always pronounced regardless of a keep glyph. So, TZ' is pronounced "tuhzah".

Because Ograrian words are composed of symbols that have meanings, there are many words that are spelled and pronounced the same, but have different meanings depending on how the word is used in a sentence. There are no official rules for how a word changes meaning, it's just something you learn to distinguish as you study the language.


Ogarian Words

OgarianTransliterationLiteralHumanish
1BuhbOneOne
2JahjTwoTwo, More than one
3JuhjThreeThree, More than two
4GuhgFourFour
5TuhtFiveFive, Less than six
6LuhlSacredSix, Sacred
!TahtTwelveTwelve, More than six
@GahgEighteenEighteen
#YuhgTwenty-FourTwenty-Four
$WahwThirtyThirty
%FuhfManyThirty-six, Many
VVuhGlyphGlyph
VVuhMetalMetal
VZ'VuhzahMetal DirtCopper
VMVuhmMetal BeautySilver
VLVuhlMetal FireGold
VKVuhkMetal GoodSteel
VZVuhzMetal StoneIron
DPDuhpAnimal KillHunt
D'PDahpPlant KillFarm
LKMLuhkuhmLife Good BeautyLove
PVPuhvWeapon MetalAxe
PV7PuhvuhWeapon StrengthSword
TVTuhvClan StrengthChief, Leader
TWTuhwClan PastAncestors
TPTuhpClan AttackWar, Battle
TJF6TuhjuhfuhluhlClan Father Great SacredRath
G6GuhluhlWater SacredBlood
G'H'GahhahWater AboveRain
Y'YYahyGive GetTrade, Barter

Written Ograrian doesn't have a signifier for when a word ends and another begins so the reader must figure out the different words through practice. This can be incredibly difficult for a new learner of the language. The keep glyph is helpful because it can only be placed at the end of a word, so it acts as a break for a few words.

Sentences are structured in topic order. The four topics are: Object, Time, Place, Action. This structure is repeated for each object in the sentence. Descriptive words are placed after the topic they are refering to.

Ograrian Sentences

OgarianTransliterationLiteralHumanish
RG.Ruh guhMe EatI will eat.
TC.Tuh chuhClan goGo home.
RCMY'YVLY.Ruh chuh muh yahy vuhl yuhMe go art sell gold getI will go and sell my art for gold.

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