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Median

Median is a language that is mostly spoken in Terios and Eprus. It is derived from Avaronian but also has Varenan influences. Most Median speaking people can at least understand Avaronian if it is spoken but can't read it. This is because it is written in Elvish script instead of Human script. On the continent Farlis, Median is the most common language among humans and every country there teaches it in schools.  

Difficulty to learn other languages

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  • Avaronian: archaic but easy to learn, uses Elvish script
Related
  • Farlian Elvish: medium difficulty, uses Elvish script
  • Varenan: easy difficulty, uses Human script
  • Pavan: advanced difficulty, uses Human script
No close relation
  • Arek: advanced difficulty, uses Human script
  • Mofis Elvish: advanced difficulty, uses Elvish script

Alphabet

In median the vowels are : a, i , u ,e ,o Combining these vowels is done in the following cases:

  • -ai- (ai̯)
  • -oi- (oi̯)
  • -eu- (eu̯)
  • -oa-
  • -iai- (aːi̯)
Vowels can be made long by placing the letter I in front of it:
  • -ia- (ɑ:)
  • -io- (o)
  • -iu- (y:)
  • -ie- (e:)
  • -ii- (iː)
Words often do not end with multiple consonants. If this is the case then the word is most likely originally derived from another word.

Syntax

Plural

In Median the plural depends on how to word ends.
  • -ai : in this case the plural is the same as the singular
  • -is: the plural becomes -isi
  • -as: the plural becomes -ana
  • -a: the plural becomes -ae (pronounced 'aɪ)
  • -on: the plural becomes -ono
  • -i: the plural becomes -ini

Verbs

  In Median verbs always tend to end in -oi. Examples:
  • Ostoi: to trade
  • Epinoi: to farm
This form is the present/ future form of the verb and can be used regardless of the subject.

Vocabulary

  • An : One, First
  • Chis: Two, Second
  • Gannon: Three, third
  • Fenai: Four , fourth
  • Anis: Five, fifth
  • Enoi: Six, sixth
  • Manas: Seven , seventh
  • Ronon: Eight, eight
  • Gonai: Nine, ninth
  • Fi: Ten , tenth
  • Ches: Hunderd

Phonetics

Vowels: ɑ ɑ: ɛ e e: i iː ɔ o u u: y y: ai eu oi ɛi   Consonants: c k x j ɣ g ɟ p f v b t θ h d ð l ʎ m n ŋ r s z

Tenses

There are a few tenses in Median:  
  • Present/ Future Tense
  • Past Tense
  • Negative Present/ Future Tense
  • Negative Past Tense
  • Command Tense
  • Passive Tense
  • Potential Form: can + verb

Sentence Structure

The sentence structure in Median is the same as in Avaronian. Typically the sentence starts with the verb followed by the subject. The object of the sentence can be found after the subject followed by any additional information.     Verb + Subject + Object + Additional Information

Dictionary

54 Words.
Common Phrases
  • Gavoseri koseu tera: Good day my friend
It is important to add my friend at the end since it is otherwise considered a bit rude since it sounds like a command to the average native speaker. In somme dialects this is however not the case.

Dictionary

 

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Comments

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8 Jan, 2021 19:21

I like how you've covered the basics here for a conlanger or anyone keenly interested in languages, making use of IPA and including important aspects, like plurals and tenses.   Does a dictionary exist for Median? I can understand not including it until after WorldEmber, because a dictionary can eat up a lot of word count.   Good read!

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9 Jan, 2021 02:00

Hey yes indeed with WorldEmber I have not fully put everything to pen here for the language since I still want to add more to it and only added the more basic stuff. I have already created some words for it in dictionary style :) The words I have until now are mostly linked to locations that I used for my map of Terios. So for example the capital is called Golandon which is actually a change over time from the combination golas (hill) and don (harbor). I will be sure to add the words I used for that to the article in the near future :)