THE BROWNIIN LANGUAGES
Runes and Sounds of the Browniin Alphabet. The table below shows an overview on pronounciation and transliteration in the three different kinds of Browniin Languages. Click on the sound example link to hear the sounds according to the Brownie rune:)
* The sounds
and runes of these two are interchangeable in
** The sounds and runes of these two are interchangeable in Auhu'o Browniin.
Grammar and Structure. There are no tenses, articles, or plurals in Browniin, no word for "to be", and consonants were originally optional, but have gradually become more standardized, and in the last 50 years new symbols have been devised for the consonants and even begun to be used in writing.
Browniin words are from 1-4 (or for the newer words, more) letters long and are drawn in the four quadrants of an imaginary circle from top counterclockwise, usually inscribed with a knife on a strip of inner tree bark. Subjects are generally written slightly larger than their modifiers, to aid in reading the main point of a document quickly. Letters are drawn out from the center of the circle making each letter be right side up at the top of a word, upside down at the bottom, and sideways to either side.
There are considered to be two parts of speech in Browniin: subjects and modifiers. Basically, Browniin writing goes from left to right. The top line contains only the subjects. The modifiers go vertically under the noun they modify. Subjects consist of every word that does not modify another word in the sentence. They are easily identified in written Browniin as they are carved in the top line of each segment of writing. Modifiers are placed below the words which they modify, and consist of all the adjectives, verbs, adverbs, emotions, colors, and detail nouns and are placed under the subject they modify in writing, and after the subject in speech.
There are three ways of reading or speaking Browniin:
1. Every word, vertically. This is considered very formal.
2. Only the subjects (the top line). This is Brownie quicktalk, used when speed is important.
3. The subjects, with only the most essential modifiers. This is the most common way of speaking.
Numbers for Brownies are written in base-5, so written numbers can quickly get quite long. For example, counting from one to ten in Browniin would be as follows: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 20.
The Three Browniin Languages. There exist three different kinds of the Browniin Language. Each of these languages is unintelligible to speakers of the other two Browniin languages, yet they share a common written language:
LLaoihrr Browniin is the language that remains closest to the Browniin language as created by Keekoo. Becoming more high pitched, it is now used in the 500.000-strong Vale of Brownies in South-Western Sarvonia.
Aohu'o Browniin was heavily influenced by the sounds of nature, with each of its sounds eventually being replaced by the calls of birds and animals that the Aohu'o tribe came into contact with. The Aohu'o language is now used by 70.000, both on the central plain of Akdor and throughout Caelereth.
Memnoor Browniin soon lost the carrying quality of Keekoo's Browniin, as there was no longer any need for such in the quiet deserts of Aeruillin. It is now used by 3.000 in the junction between the Desert of Light, the Plain of the Dead, and the Etherial Void.
History and Development. When the Brownies were first formed from fragments of bark from the Tree of Life, each individual had his or her own language, fully formed, inside his or her head, ready to use. By tradition, 144 different languages were thus spontaneously brought into existence. The difficulty with this situation was that each language was spoken by only one or two individuals of the first generation of Brownies.
thousand years passed. As Brownies
married and had families, the languages they spoke combined.
each others languages easily enough, communicating with those other
Brownies that they
had contact with, but each Brownie
child would end up speaking a blend of the languages of his or her
parents. During this time it was normal for a young
Brownie to have to
learn several other languages in order to communicate with
other family groups.
The Brownie empire of Birn, though dead since 10003 b.S. according to a large cache of records and histories which was discovered in 4018 b.S. by Keekoo the Deliverer, spoke various languages, each a composite of several of the original Brownie languages. Keekoo taught himself to read two of the languages contained in the records, and later used their contents and the languages they were written in to construct a new unified language for the Brownie race.
4.000 b.S. the Brownie people newly freed and living in the Auturian Forests, spoke dozens of languages, both languages descended from the original Brownie languages, as well as the languages of the other races, among whom they had lived for six thousand years. They desperately needed a common language in order to avoid fragmenting again into dozens of smaller groups. Keekoo rose to the occasion, combining and adding to elements of the two languages used by the middle class in long-ago Birn to create the Browniin language, which was originally designed as a way for a Brownie to shout or call information to another Brownie across a distance. In 3989 b.S. he began teaching it to the rest of the Brownies. A few years later, when these Brownies divided into three tribes and began to wander in search of a land to call their own, they took the new language with them. The Brownies that never came to the Auturian Forests, thus missing out on the new Brownie civilization, kept their unique, ancient languages and never learned Browniin (later these non-Browniin speakers came to be known collectively as the Rat Brownie tribe).
The three tribes wandered for hundreds of years. Because of the different environments they encountered, they each began to develop peculiar accents, which soon developed into dialects and eventually into the disparate languages of the Browniin language family. Each came to be known by the name of the tribe with which it was associated.
Examples of Browniin Words. In the table below you can find examples of Browniin words:
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