Sang Picture Writing
There is no alphabet, but puns that contribute to recording sounds. There are conventional signs for syllables and logograms which act as word signs or for their rebus content. For example:-
- Sequence of Events: a line of footprints leading from one place or scene to another
- Death: a corpse wrapped for burial
- Night: drawn as a black sky under a closed eye
- War: a shield and club
- Speech: a little scroll issuing from mouth of the person talking
- Concepts of Motion and Walking: a trail of footprints
Logograms GlyphsThis takes up the majority of the writing space in the block and is representative of something in the material world. Oftentimes, if a word is common enough, it would be shortened to only the logo glyph to be its own sentence.
Syllabic GlyphsThese are phonetic complements to disambiguate logograms that can have more than one reading. They could be positioned either on the far left of the logogram, or right beneath it; or both.
MacehuallahtolliSimple phonological words allow only syllables with maximally one initial and one syllable consonant. Their distinct sounds are the result of the boundary cluster that forms a word or idea. Most dialects have stress on the penultimate syllable of a word and many unstressed syllables tend to disappear from words or become phonemic among certain groups. Some morphological units have two alternating forms: one with a vowel "i" to prevent consonant clusters and one without. A common instance is the absolutive suffix "-tli" (used after consonants) and "-tl" (used after vowels). Some varieties, however, can formed complex clusters from vowel loss. Others have contracted syllable sequences, causing accents to shift or vowels to become long depending on whether a person comes from a tributary, strategic or integrated campan.
Cultural WeaponIt is common for the Sang to impose its own language onto the people they conqueror. Usually, over an extended period of time; picture writing is perceived as being of a higher status that stabilises or spreads at the expense of others that are perceived by their own speakers as being lesser.
They speak our language in deference to our superiority.
Non-Sang LanguageOvertime, the original the warg words were amalgamated into a common speech, while within the plain, and further changed again by interacting with their new neighbours. Being heavily influenced by the various valley peoples' use of 't' and 'i'.
CountingThe sang's number system uses base 20 for their 20 fingers and toes and for the number's importance in their calendar. Any number can be represented by a series of dots within a matrix. But practically, greater values have their own standardized symbols which can then be incorporated into larger numbers.
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