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Thursday, December 24, 2009

[Milieu] The Vrun Alphabetic System 1-

Flynn said...

If I might ask a quick question, have you constructed a language that you are using for naming purposes? Or are you creating the words as you need them?

Curious,
Flynn


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Flynn: Yes, I have. It is the Vrun alphabetic language system and it forms the basis of virtually all of the languages upon Urutsk, as it was formed from the Empyrean Keys of the First Parents who fell to the planet in the 'War in the Heavens'.
--Only the Kaukara (now largely extinct) and the Durn have languages of significant variance from Vrun (and while the Western Isles Vrun language known as Majestic Vrun is understandable to a large degree by continental Vrun speakers, its written form is more pictographic, like ogham, and its grammar more like Durnish).

I have realised, in varying degrees of completeness: Vrun, Yirinn, Tuliri, Majestic Vrun, Durnish, and Yaesh, as well as the non-human, Dryvv (strongly related to Yirinn). Others are either one-offs or variants.

Most of the differences have to do with the character set limiting or expanding their thought-base, and the manner in which one inscribes and reads the characters.
--Durnish, for instance, is composed of arcs, spirals, circles, and lines layered in such a way as their mentality understands reality, and this is so significantly different from all other languages on Urutsk, save Majestic Vrun's 'ogham', as to appear more like artwork than even calligraphy.

In due time I will publish the core Vrun data, including its intrinsic numeric and 3D spatial aspects, but, as you can imagine, it is its own sort of undertaking, and requires me to draft the characters for use in a computer font creation programme.

As far as the difference between having created the language and creating words as needed, that is the nature of Vrun. Each character is an alphabetic particle, and each has a broad interpretive value, --a phoneme--, which allows for 'on-the-fly' construction of words/names to describe particulars.
--The ubiquity of the Vrun peoples has created easily as many 'dialects', and it necessitates actually thinking about what one is hearing or reading to gain accurate understanding of what is being said. While, to Westerners, that may seem a very subjective methodology, a parallel to the Chinese characters / Kanji being readable by many dialects/languages, but the spoken word being equally opaque to non-fluent individuals is perhaps the best analogy.

A friend of mine is an expert in Coptic, and a particular form, the name of which escapes me, and he, in discussing Vrun with me, stated that a language which is capable of constructing meaningful words via mono- or even duo-symbolic units is exceedingly rare on Earth, and that he has difficulty making heads or tails of Vrun's system. On the other hand, I have noted that coders and programmers seem to take to Vrun much more readily, which I find delightful, given the nature of the Empyrean Keys from which Vrun is derived were AI-Human interface characters.

I hope that helps a bit. :)

6 comments:

  1. As someone who enjoys the basics of constructing languages, I appreciate the insight you've shared here. How long have you been working with this language? And have you gotten to the point where you sometimes dream in it? ;)

    With Regards,
    Flynn

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  2. Flynn: I have been working on Vrun since '92, but have taken years off at a time without any real development as other projects or work-related preoccupations demanded. Once the Alphabetic System was created I found that I was first thinking in Vrun (, etc.) and then had to translate into English what it was I had just written/typed, only to find it was either a direct corollary, or more often, a more poetic treatment of the same subject matter.

    I have often dreamt of Urutsk, and specifically of life in the Resth Clan Confederacy, and Riverland, the analogue of the United States, and of my home-state, Florida, with such clarity and depth and immersion, knowing that I was speaking Vrun, and even understanding the native measures and dimensions as they correspond to inches, gallons, etc.

    I am a native of both worlds. ;)

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  3. DAYUM!

    Very interesting stuff, Timeshadows! What a grand undertaking you have here...a project that has been years and years in the making? That's just awesome, sugar, and very cool.

    Keep up the good work!

    Semper Fidelis,

    SHARK

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  4. SHARK: High praise!
    --Thank you. :)

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  5. That's impressive! I sometimes dream of touring my worlds, and a few times, I have dreamed in the languages I had created, but I must admit I have not been so immersed that it happens with much frequency. I am glad to hear that I am not alone in this, and that I have much to aspire to. :)

    Happy Holidays,
    Flynn

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