Tallonari is not a language. It is a heritage. It is the soul of a people, breathed upon the land.
Eka Nakani, Gorganian netminder, 3094 AoG
allonari is the primary language of the Tallonai
cultures. Tallonari (including Elladoran
dialects) is also a progenitor of the Diasporan
patois Ammiscence. It was established in casterway
society by Cervia Polonosa
. Not only did she naturally read-and-write the language herself, having been born on the alien world of Tallon
(from where it originates), but she made it a point to emphasize that her fledgling nation would only
speak Tallonari. Although this may initially appear to be an act of ego or hubris on her part, it's generally understood that she enforced this language in her village - and eventually, across her entire nation - mostly as a means of creating a tactical advantage between her and the original casterways
against which her people were constantly struggling for resources and supremacy.
The language originated on the planet Tallon
- and that planet is a location which no living soul on Excilior
has ever visited, or will ever visit. More importantly, the language came over thousands of years ago and has endured a constant cycle of evolution and revision. Beginning in the earliest days with Cervia
herself, there is direct evidence that Tallon
-specific terminology was removed, certain language constructs were simplified to ease casterway
adoption, and many terms specific to this world and its environment came flooding into the language. For these reasons, its assumed that what is known as "Tallonari" today has very little in common with its mother tongue on a planet many light years away. Nevertheless, some of the most skilled of modern scholars have been able to formulate fascinating hypotheses about the never-seen world of Tallon
by closely studying what they can of the "original" Tallonari as it was spoken in Auld Cervia
he Tallonari alphabet has an extended character set that allows for a full range of phonemes. The language can be written in several distinct, and varying, styles of letters that reflect the formality of the underlying text. However, the more formal styles are nearly extinct in Excilior
. The dominant modern form is characterized by a series of symbols and characters that all "hang" on a central line. The following example shows the common form of Tallonari writing, used to display a translation of the message in this paragraph.
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society was, long ago, the dominant culture on the planet and their language was spoken nearly everywhere, their influence has been shrinking ever since the splintering of Auld Cervia
in 479 AoC
. Nevertheless, Tallonari is still the official language of all countries based in the central continent of Islemanoton
. The language also maintains a "classical" stronghold in the western coastal regions of Blepi
Through most of greater Islegantuan
, in what are acknowledged as Elladoran
lands, Tallonari is also the default language. However, Elladoran Tallonari
has been drifting from the mother tongue for millennia and there are now scenarios where a person of Tallonai
heritage may struggle to understand someone of Elladoran
background - even though they are both, ostensibly, seeking the "same" (Tallonari) language.
allonari is unique from other languages on Excilior
for its use of tone and volume as codified in the alphabet itself - specifically, as it applies to vowels. This means that multiple letters can convey what is, technically speaking, the same phoneme. But each letter indicates the phoneme is to be spoken, or understood, in a different way
For example, both of these symbols represent a short "e" sound, as in bed
However, the first symbol indicates that the sound is generated in a breathy, whispering tone. The second is generated loudly and/or forcefully. They are given separate letters not only because they should sound different when spoken, but also because swapping out just these two letters will make it a different word altogether and often, the meanings of those two words will have nothing in common.