ON EVOETIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

NOTES ON EVOETIAN LANGUAGE, MEANINGS, AND PRONUNCIATIONS

 

ORIGINS

 

Language on Annah’s homeworld, Evohe, is threefold.  The original language of the planet is one comprised solely of notes and tones of music.  Where it is used here, I have tried as best I can to convey its meaning.  The spoken and written secondary language of the Evoetians has some similarities with languages found on Earth.  Some have theorized that this is because, in the days before the event Annah’s people call the Breaking of the World, people from Evohe once visited other planets, including Earth.  If this could ever be proven, it would explain why names like Annah’s own could be found in use among those given to human children, long before she herself was bloomed and born, and the events of her life were still merely a glimmer in the First Ones’ eyes.

 

PRONUNCIATIONS

 

Though a full dictionary of the oral and written language of Evohe has never been compiled, here are a few basic words and their pronunciations.  Most of the rules governing pronunciation are similar to those of English, the language that later came to be called Galactic Standard.

 

hon(HONE)—noun: thing.

shudda—(SHUH-DAH)–noun and adj.; fear/feared, ex. shudda-hon, “feared-thing, fear-thing”

neda—(NAY-DAH)–noun; nothing, void.  By itself, it means ‘nothing’; as a prefix it is used as a term of negation, ex. neda-hon: “not-thing” or “thing that no longer is”

ai shaleya—(EYE SHAH-LAY-UH)—proper noun—“The Way.”  A religious term, not merely an indication of direction.

toyen—(TOY-INN)–noun; friend.  Also used in composite words to create additional shades of meaning, ex.  Shenai-toyen: “sister-friend.”

Shenai—(SHIN-EYE)–noun; sister.

Shananoun; brother.

Oroadjective; open.

Kaverb; may mean lie or lay, put or set, depending on context.

Maranoun; shadow.   Used both to denote physical shadows and the negative spiritual force that Evoetians call “The Shadow.”  Sometimes, in this usage, it is differentiated by the prefix ‘an’, meaning ‘the’, e.g. “an-Mara.”  This is generally considered too formal, though, and was seldom used even before Annah’s time.

Khai(K-EYE)–noun; river.

Essei—(ESS-AY–)noun; spirit or soul.

Khor—(CORE)–noun; heart.

Senai—(SIN-EYE)–adjective, second, from sena, the written Evoetian term for the number two.

Here is a guide to pronouncing some of the names found in this manuscript, not all of them common names on Evohe, at least at the time this story takes place:

 

Annah—ANN-ah.  Identical in pronunciation to the more common—at least on Earth–”Hannah,” as well as to the more common rendition of the name, “Anna.”

 

Liara—LEE-are-ah.  Another name originally of Evoetian origin which has been known to occur on Earth as well.

 

Chelries—CHEL-rees.  If this name exists in Galactic Standard, it is very uncommon.

 

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