Language

Great River People Language Reference

the language spoken by Ember of the great River people is guttural and not quite that complex. Having similarities with proto-Indo-European, as well as other early languages, Embers language is spoken properly with the use of hand gestures, inflections and body language. Below is a simplified chart explaining its basic usage and allowing for the direct translation of any line spoken by Ember within the book.

 

Plural – Generally, if a word ends in an ‘e’, add an ‘a’. Otherwise, add an ‘e’.

Noun – First letters of nouns are often stressed, though this isn’t uniform for all words.

Verb – Verbs used to describe actions of importance or intensity are often verbally combined to the noun they affect, almost becoming a compound word. This is denoted by connecting verbs to nouns using an apostrophe. Example: “She’ran fast!” Verbs used more casually are separated from the noun they affect and do not have an apostrophe. Example: “He walked down the street”

Adjective – Adjectives are often verbally combined to the noun they affect, almost becoming a compound word. This is denoted by connecting adjectives to affected nouns using an apostrophe. Example: “She wore a blue’dress.”

Adverb – Adverbs are often verbally combined to the noun they affect, almost becoming a compound word. This is denoted by connecting adverbs to affected nouns using an apostrophe. Example: “He almost’tripped”

Pronoun – Female, male and gender neutral pronouns do not exist, directly. The word, “Dehmoh,” can be used to refer to he, she or they. Commonly, names or gestures are used to indicate a person, rather than a gendered pronoun. In general, words are gender neutral.

Preposition – Generally preceding a noun, unconnected. They are sometimes verbally combined to the noun they affect, almost becoming a compound word. This is denoted by connecting prepositions to affected nouns using an apostrophe. Example: “She sat on’ground” (note, the article, “the” does not exist).

Conjunction – Conjunctions are often implicit, an action and resulting reaction are simply stated in order. The voice is inflected, lowering as the action portion is stated. Example: “If you eat this, you will be sorry!” would be spoken as, “You eat this! You will be sorry.”

Determiner – Usually not used in a verbal manner. A head nod or non-verbal indicator may be used in lieu of a formal determiner. Example: “A tree is big,” might be said as, “[head nod] Tree is big”.

Exclamation – When a word is spoken with exclamation, the most prominent vowel is usually elongated. Example: sleep, “sewep,” would be exclaimed as, sleep!, “seeewep!”

1

Un

Little

Pew

2

Dun

Look

Spegh

3

Tun

Love

Wennus

4

Kuv

Make

Kehr

5

Pun

Man/Male

Wer

6

Ses

Marry

Gheme

7

Sev

Mother

Matr

8

Dukuv

Moon

Meneh

9

Nen

My

Ehg

10

Des

My

E'[object]

Agree

Ya

Me (self)

Eag

Alive

Giae

Me (to/for)

Kieag

Always

Deleh

Name

Nome

Am

Kah

Night

Nehk

Ash

Kene

Next

Nes

Ask

Aes

New

Neuh

Bad

Duhs

Nothing

Nehk

Baby/Young

Kende

No

Ne

Be/Is

Eshe

Now

Ke

Beautiful

Wehnose

obsidian

Mehlek

Big/Great

Meg’

Of

Apu

Blade

Akore

Our

Wedh

Blood

Esnee

Prepare

Ekos

Blossom

Aneha

Profane Phrase

Aeeya

Blow

Behs

Quiet

Tas

Bone

Ohsdh

Question

Pehkseh

Bow

Wehbueg

Raven

Aukrose

Buy/Trade

Kraeh

Ready

Ekose

Cloth

Ketheh

River

Ekkah

Cold

Ne’Gehr

Rock/Stone

Ondah

Copper

Aos

Run

Dremo

City

Meg’uek

Say

Sehke

char

Meg’kene

Sharp

Meg’ak

Close/near

Dhuak

Shut up

Taseh

Dark

Kar

Sleep

Sewep

Dead

Mordh

Sit

Sehde

Drink/Eat

Po’eh

South

Sewh

Do Not

Maedhe

Sorry

Behunas

Early

Eu

Star

Sier

Ember

Kaelu

Stupid

Morehs

Enjoy

Turto

Spirit

Enesu

Far

Kehl

Take

Gheab

Father

Patr

Thank you

Ehshe

Fertility

Aipe

That

En

Festival/Ritual

Kue

This

Keh

Fertility Fest

Aipku

Thief

Meyus

Fear

Deueh

To/for

De

Feel

Ten

Thought

menh

Fire

Ehkne

Touch

Kreah

Fish

Pehsk

Tree

Dehrue

For/to

De

Until/till

Dehe

From

Aph

Us

Es

Good

Ehsu

Warrior

Kor’ghe

Hair

Keris

Water

Aka

Harm

Derg

Wait

Stehk

Have

Kehp

We

Es

Her/She/They

Dehmoh

Well

Sueh

Hello

Eleh

What

Kehd

Help

Kik

Why

Kehne

Hope

Aeis

Will

Wit

Hot

Gehr

With

Khu

I

Ehg

With you

Khum

Is/be

Eshe

Woman

Geneh

Join

Ghed

Word

Aeg’lk

Journey

Deru

World

Lenh

Kill

Kerord

When

Eome

Know

Ehuedh

Yes

Eya

Leather

Lereh

You

Tuh/Dhue

Like/Similar

Ehig

vulture

Veasehes

Might/Should

Dehmagh