Amarrad and Amarrish as They Relate to Soliaran

Preface:

First and foremost, this is largely fan-fic, speculation, and a bit sloppily written, I admit, as it sounds IC in some parts, OOC or meta in others. Please pardon this. The purpose of the following is just to reorganize the fanfic Amarrish vocab and suggest a possible logical connection between it and the main language spoken across Helab.

The following vocabulary is predominantly based on modifications (such as syllable/s flipping) of Romani words (that language being a development from ancient Indian, Persian, Greek, Slavic, and other European languages), as well some words from Latin and various Semitic languages (such as Arabic, Hebrew, and Yiddish). Basically it is a language which astronauts from the Middle East and its surrounding lands formed over thousands of years. It has influences and hints from most of the major languages of that region.

On Soliara, we speak a distant descendant/fusion of Romanian, the language which was spoken in places such as Moldova and Romania. Romani (the basis for most of the fan-fiction vocabulary which follows) is a different language; it was spoken by the Roma/Gypsies, but sometimes borrowed from Romanian. Both the Romani and Romanian that ended up in Space and colonies on other worlds evolved similarly due to having to coin terms for the same technology/devices needed at them all, and the settlers of both Athra and Soliara had worked together prior to making the voyage through the Gate. For many of us on Soliara III (and many of the worlds of the Helab constellation), this makes figuring out what some word roots, words, and sentence fragments in Amarr dialects probably mean, though we struggle to understand modern (Imperial) conversational Amarr until we have had formal schooling in it.

(*Soliaran does not sound like ancient/original Romanian, of course, just as Amarrad and Amarrish do not sound like ancient/original Arabic or Latin, as they have been mixing with other languages for ~21,000 years. You will only see some proper nouns --place names, such as for our cities-- which look a lot like their namesakes from before the Gate.)

It is easier for a Soliaran to piece together what is meant from pre-Imperial and especially pre-Domain Amarrish because, while unreadable to a modern Domain Amarr citizen who has been taught only the latter, the oldest form of their language (which usually only Amarr monks and elites still study over there) is from a time much closer to when settlers passing into New Eden from the EVE Gate stemmed from colony worlds behind them which had been in much greater proximity to one another --and much more frequent contact; Amarrad sounds more familiar to a Soliaran than either evolution (Domain or Imperial) of Amarrish does. The settlers of Soliara had heard original Amarrad for at least one century before contact was lost with the colony worlds of New Eden, and Soliaran language did not evolve as much as Amarrad has; minor accent and dialectical/slang changes have occurred from one Soliara III valley to the next, and a bit more so between Soliara III and the Helab-constellation worlds we have sent terraformers, miners, and colonists to over the last ~4,000 years, but Amarrad has spread to, and evolved for centuries upon, a thousand more worlds than the number we Soliarans have reached, resulting in dialects of dialects, i.e. many more changes stemming from far-greater expansion and separation.

Credit:

Thanks and credit go to Dailar Toralen and Horatius Caul I for the vocabulary used in this post.

Family-tree of This Language:

  1. Latin: ~700 B.C.
  2. Arabic: ~500 A.D.
  3. off-world version/fusion/s of those: (unknown time; ~3,000-7,900 A.D.)
  4. Amarrad: Dark Ages on Athra (now Amarr Prime --and used by business elites until Imperial Amarrish)
  5. Domain Amarrish: Age of Expansion (and includes dialects on hundreds of worlds in the Domain region)
  6. Imperial Amarrish: modern/current (a fusion of the old (Amarrad) with the new dialects), i.e. latest centuries/generations

Grammar:

Amarrad mainly relies on a Subject-Object-Verb typology (example: “Sam oranges ate.”), but also uses Object-Subject-Verb (example: “oranges Sam ate.”) structure on occasion.

Definite article is usually left to inflection and context. In writing is it usually represented by a capital letter. In special cases, the word “e” is injected into the mix to make things pop (Dei e Tet - God the Divine; e Chorim - the Scriptures).

Vocabulary:

ACCURACY
⦁ hemes: correct

ACTION (WITH THE “TO” PREPOSITION)
Most instances of a verb preceded by “to” are written in Amarrish with the prefix “va” or “ve”.
⦁ acher: to eat
⦁ ajsmich: to wipe
⦁ antinah: to smell
⦁ aratish: to scratch
⦁ avoth: to wash
⦁ bajosur: to lie
⦁ barah: to dig
⦁ brehk: to vomit, defile
⦁ cheig: to hunt, chase
⦁ chin: to cut
⦁ cosum: to harness
⦁ dechjr: to breathe
⦁ hadevam: to kill
⦁ hapir: to walk
⦁ haveb: to float
⦁ haveer: to come
⦁ havoseer: to sleep
⦁ herek: to need
⦁ ipeer: to drink
⦁ kuchul: to liberate
⦁ kuetsh: to squeeze
⦁ lagorim: to sing
⦁ lakhir: to play
⦁ lathibrito ab: solve
⦁ nait: to bite
⦁ naveph: to say
⦁ ojeg: to suck
⦁ puztir: to swell
⦁ radir: to speak
⦁ sedch murek: to fight
⦁ shabes: to sit
⦁ shepet: to spit
⦁ tagulmatalb: to reclaim
⦁ terahzi: to balance
⦁ ulesm: to achieve
⦁ vabashir: to augur
⦁ vabultzeer: to push
⦁ vadsejl: to count
⦁ vafavba: to strike fear, to frighten
⦁ vajaurir: to throw
⦁ vakhai: to live
⦁ vakhid: to see
⦁ vallun: to damn
⦁ valoutir: to tie
⦁ vamam: to stand
⦁ vamatalb: to claim
⦁ vamer: to die
⦁ vametrech: to hammer
⦁ vamilsim: to think
⦁ vamoijr: to fear
⦁ vanefikh: to tunnel
⦁ vanash: to know
⦁ vaneyj: to sew
⦁ vanush: to hear
⦁ vapalaib: to bomb
⦁ vaplats: to split
⦁ varohsir: to pull
⦁ varsham: to rub
⦁ vasabik: to bleed
⦁ vashaif: to create
⦁ vasir: to laugh
⦁ vatafidh: to execute
⦁ vatejbrek: to coerce
⦁ vatelgormir: to experience déjà vu
⦁ vatkhad: to take
⦁ vavijs: to swim
⦁ vavor: to live
⦁ vecahar: to purify
⦁ veda: to give
⦁ vedukit: to hold
⦁ veginhez: to fly
⦁ vekheb: to punish
⦁ velosf: to flow
⦁ venum: to turn
⦁ veror: to fall
⦁ vetekh: to stab
⦁ vezhelch: to glide
⦁ vizotir: to freeze
⦁ vudz, roozlo: use
⦁ xegort: to redeem
⦁ yetistirim: to cultivate
⦁ zablar: to blow
⦁ zetz: to hit

ADJECTIVE
⦁ anos: dead
⦁ vaiach: great

ADVERB

⦁ olemthbe: technically “be in a state of…”

AMOUNT, NON-NUMERICAL
⦁ e’, ekha: an
⦁ nep, ich, ne: not
⦁ resa, den: all
⦁ sovar, zenbail: some
⦁ tebu, asko: many
⦁ verkh: other
⦁ veyn: few

AWARENESS/EDUCATION/SCHOOL
⦁ buaran: pages
⦁ chorimi durash: theology
⦁ divreo: word
⦁ durash: study
⦁ mentagh: logic
⦁ nentech dairyj: circular logic
⦁ tegulkhrar: repetition
⦁ vishen: knowledge
⦁ vishs: word
⦁ ziel: purpose, meaning, goal

BODY
⦁ aubel: knee
⦁ beret: breast
⦁ bihe: tongue
⦁ dijk: fat
⦁ ech: tail
⦁ egib: liver
⦁ gozaj: leg
⦁ haja: eye
⦁ han: hand
⦁ hego: wing
⦁ khalazaz: fingernail
⦁ kjol: ear
⦁ laab: hair
⦁ lepe: neck
⦁ lojha: heart
⦁ meten: guts (courage)
⦁ muj: mouth
⦁ nad: tooth
⦁ nak: nose
⦁ rep: belly
⦁ rosh: head
⦁ sabik: blood
⦁ shaif: horn
⦁ shfus: foot
⦁ sjored: bone
⦁ tash: feather
⦁ tsiph: back
⦁ tsor: skin

CLEANLINESS
⦁ chikert: dirty
⦁ ustel: rotten

COLOR
⦁ berde: green
⦁ hor: yellow
⦁ kale: black
⦁ malal: red
⦁ zur: white

CONJUGATION
⦁ Song: alagor
⦁ Sing: lagorim
⦁ Sang: lagorimet
⦁ Sung: lagorit

⦁ Speech: rad
⦁ Speak: radir
⦁ Spoke: radiret
⦁ Spoken: radit

⦁ Sight: khijd
⦁ See: vakhid
⦁ Saw: vakhidet
⦁ Seen: vakhit

CONJUNCTION
⦁ alej: but
⦁ et: if
⦁ kadon: because
⦁ ta: and

COSMIC
⦁ amkh: sun
⦁ Armi: The Lucky Constellation
⦁ Avib: The Cage Constellation
⦁ Cailanar: The Fellows Star system
⦁ chiost: planet
⦁ coikeb: asteroid
⦁ dunija: world
⦁ noch: moon
⦁ riamkh: star
⦁ Yestadan: The Singersa constellation in the Domain region

DEMOGRAPHIC/CASTE/JOB/RANK
⦁ bekza: watchman
⦁ dafhaif: cultist
⦁ fhlel: commoner
⦁ nechazar: peasant
⦁ qutyb: magnate
⦁ shlech: slave
⦁ shlevach: slaver
⦁ sijazi: politician
⦁ sovalje: paladin
⦁ tapinachu: templar
⦁ vaslechen: slave (plural?)
⦁ _
⦁ Sovalji Lejhacla: Paladin Crusader
⦁ Techme Tapinachu: Templar Lieutenant
⦁ Techme Onemel: Cardinal Lieutenant
⦁ Techme Sahu: Arch Lieutenant
⦁ Baiach Reshij: Imperial Major
⦁ Aresh Onhach: Marshal Commander
⦁ Onhach Reshvadim: Imperator Commander
⦁ Harahk Elbenij: Tribunus Colonel
⦁ Jerec Ogerat: Legatus Commodore
⦁ Tetogerat: Divine Commodore
⦁ _
⦁ baiach: major (rank)
⦁ techme: lieutenant
⦁ aresh: marshal
⦁ onhach: commander, leader
⦁ herahk: tribunus
⦁ elbenij: colonel
⦁ ogerat: commodore

DIRECTION
⦁ cheto: at
⦁ for: in
⦁ hudo: near
⦁ ramud: road
⦁ tisind: outside
⦁ urd: far
⦁ vekhd: right
⦁ voshera: left

EDGE
⦁ clajd: smooth
⦁ kamuts: dull
⦁ vajsich: sharp

ELEMENT
⦁ chard: gold

EMOTION/URGE
⦁ beldruj: fear, terror
⦁ hazh: greed

FOOD
⦁ najk: egg
⦁ sjam: meat

GOVERNMENT
⦁ athadith: federation
⦁ duvaldh: state
⦁ garochios: barony
⦁ Hedhaman olemth Terahzit: Equilibrium of Mankind
⦁ jamhurij: republic
⦁ jekhti: authority
⦁ khaios: lordly domain, kingdom
⦁ khomios: earldom (from greek: komis)
⦁ khvaj: alliance (union)
⦁ mahelnation: The Nation of Sansha
⦁ Merkez Bekzan Reshij vasherrechit: PIE Inc.The Center of the Watchmen Imperial, incorporated
⦁ reshij: imperial
⦁ reshios: empire
⦁ reshjvaj: emperor (so “j” either indicates masculine or, at least, their equivalent of the “or” suffix/syllable)
⦁ reshjval: empress (so “l” either indicates feminine or, at least, their equivalent of the “ess” suffix/syllable)
⦁ sahibe: Holder
⦁ sherrech: corporation
⦁ sherrech melagh: megacorporation
⦁ taht: throne
⦁ thalifh: alliance (diplomacy)

HUMAN/RELATION
Pluralisation is expressed by appending -(a)n to a word (sa - friend, san - friends; rab - brother, raban - brothers).
⦁ negesh: name
⦁ ghabuleh: tribe
⦁ ghums, harmn, izok: man
⦁ felujo: men
⦁ haman Amarru: men of Amarr
⦁ amarr haman: our men
⦁ Hedhaman: mankind
⦁ hama, iszenman: human
⦁ hemona: woman
⦁ ghumiz, tsenan: husband
⦁ vliz, tzamam: wife
⦁ fhaid: father
⦁ jamad: mother
⦁ vech, seim, hauis: child
⦁ rab: brother
⦁ sa: friend
⦁ atakham: chieftain
⦁ ata: ancestor
⦁ mebal: foreigner

INDEFINITE ARTICLES
⦁ e’, ekh: a/an

INTERJECTION/GREETING
⦁ ave: hello (from Latin; “hail”, and the singular imperative form of “avēre”; “to be well” --thus “ave” in Amarrish is more like saying “be well”, “farewell”, or “well met”)

MOISTURE
⦁ fartrish: dry
⦁ nash: wet

MORALITY
⦁ feza: bad
⦁ kuch: good

NON-HUMAN
⦁ Baramuj: rockjaw (fish species)
⦁ choma, nair: fish
⦁ imud: beast
⦁ imud hubrau: beast of Heaven
⦁ keldja, chachur: dog
⦁ kellera shlevach: slaver hound
⦁ kellerahound: savage dog (curious that “hound” from English has been borrowed, but not to mean “hound”)
⦁ klichir, trachnar: bird
⦁ mevorah: worm
⦁ najv, abre: animal
⦁ paas, gus: snake

NOUN
Amarrad doesn’t really seem to have grammatical gender at the moment, which saves a lot of trouble really.
⦁ ametat: scepter (strange, as “ametat” is Filipino for “amethyst”)
⦁ ard: fortune
⦁ artehs: riser, a person who rises
⦁ ashtad: justice
⦁ avetat: crown (curious that it starts with “ave”, Amarrish for “hello”)
⦁ derman: power(s)
⦁ ezem: duty
⦁ fadhart: redemption
⦁ garla: pride
⦁ ghfraijab: solution
⦁ jaira: care, rest, treatment
⦁ khabre: bomb
⦁ khaies: life
⦁ meretat: immortality
⦁ muhafez: guardian
⦁ murid: fight
⦁ palaibem: bomber
⦁ saharch: truth
⦁ shaife: creation
⦁ tesel: submission
⦁ valorush: existence
⦁ varebar: honor
⦁ zakh: thing

NUMBER
⦁ ifrin: zero
⦁ iekh: one
⦁ jud: two
⦁ intr: three
⦁ rasht: four
⦁ shpan: five
⦁ kese: six
⦁ estik: seven
⦁ tsegh: eight
⦁ yien: nine
⦁ sedd: ten

PLACE/LOCATION
⦁ dam: city
⦁ damiosduchy: “city lands” (so “iosduchy” may mean “lands”, and curious that “duchy” is part of it)
⦁ damnid: town (so “nid” may be a suffix meaning “small/smaller/mini”)
⦁ damnidios: county
⦁ Chardu: The Goldenlit
⦁ Dunijen Tahtu: The Throne Worlds
⦁ hed: house
⦁ hedie: household
⦁ Hedion: The Households (ones of the houses)
⦁ hubra: Heaven (religious)
⦁ -i: of/in
⦁ icinkh: inside, interior
⦁ mekhgrass Mekhios: The Grasslands
⦁ merhekaz: central
⦁ merkez: core, center, headquarters
⦁ mestamar: colony
⦁ mojem: place
⦁ theka: here
⦁ theko: there

PLANT
⦁ azal: bark
⦁ dula, loel: flower
⦁ igal: fruit
⦁ khur, hetzhel: tree
⦁ nara, kliama: stick
⦁ shuve, ohbas: forest
⦁ soim, haziell: seed
⦁ tripa, hostor: leaf
⦁ vodor, susterro: root

PORTION
⦁ ijed: each
⦁ itlech: every
⦁ khat: full
⦁ nij: new
⦁ puor: old

POSSESSIVE
Possession can be expressed using either the -i (of/in) or -(n)u (of/from) suffixes, -i usually being applied to the subject (Sani Sabik - Friends in Blood) and -(n)u applied to the object (Imud Hubrau - Beast of Heaven). The two possessives are as a rule never combined. The -(n)u suffix is often attached to possessive pronouns to form words equivalent to “of his”, “of theirs”, etc. (e’shlech jarru - a slave of his).
⦁ amarr: our (so the name of this empire/race literally translates to “our”, much like how some Native Americans simply referred to themselves as “The People”)
⦁ emarr: my, mine
⦁ fin: from/of
⦁ jarr: his
⦁ larr: hers
⦁ teynarr: their
⦁ teyrr: your
⦁ -u: of

PREPOSITION
⦁ ekin, sher: with
⦁ ihyn: to, for
⦁ kachiv, kajiv: unto
⦁ priv: into
⦁ soner: since, after, following
⦁ yania: beside

PRONOUN
⦁ aman: we
⦁ chavn: they
⦁ chov: it/that
⦁ em: I/me
⦁ emI: me
⦁ idi: this
⦁ jav: he/him
⦁ lav: she/her
⦁ tey: you (singular)
⦁ teyn: you (plural)

PUNCTUATION
It has not yet been posted whether Amarrish uses the same punctuation marks as English, Greek, or other languages. In Greek, by the way, the English punctuation mark for a question is not used; the Greeks indicate a question by using the same character/symbol that the English use as a semicolon; “;”. One of Amarrad’s root-languages is Greek, so it may be that some Greek punctuation marks survived through Amarrad’s evolution into Amarrish. Many languages never used punctuation marks, though; ancient Semitic languages, modern Chinese and Japanese, etc., were/are without such characters/symbols, so it is possible Amarrad and/or Amarrish, at least at one point, did not use them.

QUESTION
⦁ cos: what
⦁ coth: when
⦁ keth: where
⦁ noc: who
⦁ sar: how

RELIGION
⦁ ahy: father/lordancient honorary title for addressing clerical authorities, specifically apostles
⦁ ambeden: a member of the Amarr Faith
⦁ anosha-runh: soul of the dead
⦁ ashal: truth, holiness, right, good
⦁ ashmog: heretic
⦁ beseth: paradise
⦁ cail: fellowship
⦁ chorim: scripture
⦁ e Chorim: The Scripture
⦁ cotij: evil
⦁ danads: sacrilege
⦁ darog: seer
⦁ Divreo Deiu: the Word of God
⦁ emun: religion, faith
⦁ fhaif: disciple, subject
⦁ herartagra: mendless night
⦁ hubrana: heavenly
⦁ insan: spirit
⦁ Irbeslejh: crusade
⦁ lejhacla: crusader
⦁ khane: lord
⦁ Khvaj Muhafezen en Sah: CVA The Alliance of the Guardians of the Truth
⦁ ladjerakh: cardinal
⦁ meza: highness, lord
⦁ mispal: apostle
⦁ paga: God
⦁ rijam: curse
⦁ rijeer: to curse
⦁ rimam: devoted
⦁ runh: soul
⦁ sacerot: cleric
⦁ sefrim: angelic, relatively tall (to however tall Athra colonists during the Dark Ages were), angelically/lethally beautiful, white-and-amber robe-wearing, gold-and-silver masked, immortality-causing people who had invincible items (i.e. ones which did not corrode/rust) and refused to participate in battle/combat/war
⦁ tabaj: moment of silence, reverent silence
⦁ tarafin!: by god
⦁ teirbelejh: to crusade
⦁ tesleb: to crucify
⦁ tet: divine
⦁ tochour: as defined in Scripture
⦁ yeshet: hymn, song
⦁ zakhod: hell
⦁ zateseb: zealot
⦁ zinda-runh: soul of the living

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY
⦁ davir: laser
⦁ daviri durash: laser science
⦁ sadukh: rocket
⦁ sadukhni durash: rocket science

SENSES/ABILITIES
⦁ gormvision: sight
⦁ rad: speech

SEQUENCE
⦁ estikin: seventh
⦁ ikhni: first
⦁ intrin: third
⦁ juddi: second
⦁ kesen: sixth
⦁ rashtin: fourth
⦁ seddni: tenth
⦁ shpani: fifth
⦁ tseghn: eighth
⦁ yienne: ninth

SHAPE
⦁ bahrokh: round
⦁ glaak: straight

SHIP CLASSES
⦁ asmafinel: capital ship
⦁ bavabi riamkh: stargate
⦁ imud hubrau: titan
⦁ machuruzh: battlecruiser
⦁ makuch: shuttle
⦁ nasirekhjes: dreadnaught
⦁ nechul: carrier
⦁ ratakh: frigate
⦁ safudayj: spaceship
⦁ shuruzh: cruiser
⦁ sifeharbeh: battleship
⦁ steuvel: fleet

SHIP NAMES
⦁ adharat: redeemer
⦁ allun: damnation
⦁ caharist: purifier
⦁ Heremdakh: armageddon
⦁ Sefarugh: apocalypse
⦁ vhiellth: revelation

SHIP PARTS:
⦁ marek: engine
⦁ marek nefikh: jump drive
⦁ marek zhelch: warp drive
⦁ vregh: turret

SIZE
⦁ astu: heavy
⦁ chitre, lagra: thin
⦁ hanid, -(a)nid: little
⦁ hikni, tetipi: small
⦁ loshur, mehre: narrow
⦁ -(a)nid, anid: little
⦁ niderich, motzur: short
⦁ onil, luz: long
⦁ pigej, gijzel: thick
⦁ ribar: big
⦁ uloch, zabaj: wide

STATE - GAS
⦁ baraba: wind
⦁ chmaer: cloud
⦁ Dei: God
⦁ penum: sky

STATE - LIQUID
⦁ neel: river
⦁ nipur: water
⦁ saloder: sea
⦁ shibri: rain
⦁ vojader: lake

STATE - PLASMA
⦁ crues: smoke
⦁ ghamija: fire
⦁ hes: ash

STATE - SOLID
⦁ alon: salt
⦁ bara: stone
⦁ fara: mountain
⦁ ief: snow
⦁ ondarra: sand
⦁ para: mountain (another type of mountain?)
⦁ phuv: earth
⦁ poreth: dust

TEMPERATURE
⦁ hotez: cold
⦁ taht: warm

TIME
⦁ Athran: the time it takes for Amarr Prime to complete a revolution around the Amarr star
⦁ dive: days
⦁ ejed: was/before
⦁ herart: night
⦁ Herartiast: The Night Age (so “iast” may mean “Age/era”)
⦁ jupor: day
⦁ osedas: future, coming
⦁ tive: year
⦁ umdriv: year

TOOL
⦁ jetrik: rope
⦁ mele: dice

VERB
Most verbs begins with va-/la-, and many end in -eer/-ir, but there’s plenty of irregularities already. Anyway, the conjugations are pretty regular.
⦁ a: I am
⦁ (em)aI: am
⦁ anle: celebrated
⦁ artis: rise
⦁ chova: it is
⦁ ejam: is now
⦁ java: he is
⦁ karalmas: establish
⦁ lava: she is
⦁ naji: is
⦁ nay: be
⦁ tankij: purification
⦁ teya: you are

WAR/WARFIGHTER
⦁ andhar: suicide
⦁ fovochapel, tromokhet: terrorist, fear-mongerer
⦁ jenilgh: a defeat
⦁ palaibem andhar: suicide bomber
⦁ tushma: enemy

Example Sentences:

. I am . of (the) hand . God . the . Divine . devoted .
. a . Manu . Dei . e . Tet . rimon .

English: I am the devoted hand of the divine god!
Amarrad: a Manu Dei e Tet rimon!
Lit. trans: I am of the hand that is to God the Divine devoted

English: My slave was stabbed by my brother.
Amarrad: emarr shlech ejed chetoman emarr rabu vetekht.
Lit. trans: my slave was, at the hand of my brother, stabbed.

Amarrad:
Amarrad naji emun.
Amarrad naji e Chorim.
Amarrad naji divreon Sacerotu, Darogu, ta Mispalu.
Amarrad naji Vishen puor ta Vishen osedas.
Amarrad naji amarr-rad.

English:
Amarrad is religion.
Amarrad is The Scripture.
Amarrad is the word of the cleric, the seer, the apostle.
Amarrad is the old knowledge and the coming knowledge.
Amarrad is our speech.

English:
In the beginning all things were as one.
God parted them and breathed life into his creation
Divided the parts and gave each its place
And unto each, bestowed purpose"
(The Scriptures, Book I 1:4)

Amarrad:
for Ikhnitiast resa zakhn iekhi ejed.
Dei chavn vaplatset, ta for Shaife jarru khaies dechjret.
Platsen vaplatset ta ijed mojem teynarr vedat.
ta kajiv itlech ziel vedat
(e Chorim, Buaran iekh 1:4)

Lit. trans:
in The First Time, all things were in one.
God them parted and, into Creation of His, life breathed,
(he) the parts parted, and each their place given.
and unto each, purpose given.
(The Scripture, Pages one 1:4)

(not adjusted for grammar; subject-object-verb format)

ENGLISH: the Holder oath:
AMARRISH: (the) sahibe (Holder --from Hindi "साहिबे for “sir”) divreo (word; closest to “oath”);
e Sahibe divreo:

ENGLISH: “I, Lunarisse Marie Aspenstar Daphiti, do swear fealty to the Empire and its legally annointed Empress, Catiz I.”
AMARRISH: “Em (I), [negesh (name) theka (here)], radir (speak; closest to “do swear”) tesel (submission; closest to “fealty”) kachiv (unto) / ihyn (to) reshios (empire) ta (and) teynarr (their; closest to “its”) jekhti (authority; closest to “legally”) karalmas (establish; closest to anointed) reshjval (empress), Catiz (same) ikhni (first).”

“Em, Lunarisse Marie Aspenstar Daphiti, radir tesel kachiv ta teynarr jekhti karalmas reshjval, Catiz I.”

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From what the two writers mentioned in their own posts, from which all vocabulary here is drawn, it sounds like they borrowed from multiple languages and randomized syllables at times. As far as I can tell, that is the main/only structure of their language-building for the Amarr. If anyone has time to take a closer look at the words in the list above, in order to see if there is more to the structure of theirs I have not yet noticed, please let me know if you spot anything; we can add to Amarr vocab’ based on your observations/deductions.

I attempted to back-translate many of the words in their vocabulary lists, and found no luck determining which languages they pulled from (other than, of course, the fact that they named some in their posts). Google did not recognize the words in the list above. I also tried forward-translating their English definitions into several of the languages the other two writers said ancient Amarrad stemmed from, also with little success. (That doesn’t mean those two writers did a bad job, though; it only means they did a good job making up a language which would naturally have very different spellings and rules after numerous millennia of truly epic migrations.)

The heavy randomization of spelling/conjugating seen above, I should also point out, works well with the CCP lore which says that modern Amarrish (Imperial Amarrish) is a way of blending the dialects of the newer Amarr worlds/systems with their ancient foundation language, Amarrad. In other words, Domain Amarrish fell into almost as much disuse/unfamiliarity as its predecessor/root, Amarrad, because the Amarr spread so quickly to so many other worlds/systems, distinct dialects of Amarr evolving on many/all of them; the result of trying to remarry all those dialects into the latest Amarr language, while also mixing back in the distant source of them all, would definitely result in prefixes/suffixes/rules (and maybe even conjugations) becoming much more flexible (e.g. on some worlds, the “va” prefix common in the post/list above would make sense, while on another set of worlds another way of conjugating or otherwise modifying a word would be in common use). Imagine trying to mix all the languages on IRL present-day Earth blend into one language; you would quickly stop seeing universal similarities regarding how word spelling changes with tenses, ownership, etc…

Look at what the IRL textbooks tell us about conclusions regarding Earth’s languages; they completely change from region to region, and millennia to millennia, and that’s just over a span of several thousand years. There are also some 7,000 distinct languages we already have. Now picture that as a multiple of both 1) the thousands of other inhabited worlds in New Eden, and 2) roughly another span of time three times longer than how long our known IRL languages have been around; with that in mind, the seemingly-random spellings and partial absence of structure/rules above makes more sense, at least in my opinion.

The two inventors of the above Amarr vocab produced a list which makes it look like the Amarr, when developing Imperial Amarrish from Domain Amarrish, had no choice but to take whichever spellings were most common across all their many worlds/systems, build a new dictionary with them even though they followed different spelling/prefix/suffix rules from world to world, and teach it to every Amarr citizen until they had memorized the very eclectic language --which would then sound as confusing to outsiders and even linguists as languages such as IRL English sometimes can. One word might have been in more frequent use on one set of worlds/systems, following a certain set of rules out there, while another word with different rules in most-frequent use came from a whole other set of worlds/systems. When you want/need to make a new language that the masses on such different worlds will all be able to understand at least enough of to start memorizing all the rest, this is what you would do; you maximize your chances of making it teachable to your whole population by giving every world/majority/set as many familiar spellings as possible, even if the overall language has to take on numerous rules for each language element which once only had one rule per.

With how the expansion of the Amarr empire has plateaued since the battle of Vak’Atioth, we might never/rarely see another world or dialect develop, thus current (Imperial) Amarrish may remain as it is… for untold years to come. This is probably a huge relief to whomever in the Amarr empire had to remix all the languages and dialects of all those different people. It would be interesting to RP this with anyone who has an interpreter or linguistics background.

I propose coming up with a list of rules for word and sentence structure that has as many spelling variations as the Amarr have worlds with Holders/cities on them (e.g. “va” as a prefix/rule for one world, “ve” for another, “vi” for another, and even completely different prefixes to mean the same thing, all as part of a list of equivalent-meaning rules which the different Amarr worlds have in modern common use). We can start with the vocabulary already made up and listed above, finding all the prefixes, suffixes, and roots, and going from there. While there are some 1,000 worlds in Amarr Space, we might settle on, say, a dozen different spellings/rules for each purpose; we could say that Imperial Amarrish was formed based on those dozen or so most-common spelling/rule variations for each element of their language.

So how exactly can we build upon the statement made by CCP that modern (Imperial) Amarrish blends dated (Domain) Amarrish with its ancient foundation (Amarrad)?

I believe that the easiest way would be to say that the roots of all Imperial Amarrish words come from Amarrad, while the overall spellings/rules have become more numerous/complex; there would now be multiple ways to conjugate or otherwise modify words, so wherever one set of words was most-spoken, the dialects/spellings/rules of those worlds/systems would be applied to those words, while another set of words found to be used much more on different worlds would instead by modified by the rules which developed on those worlds.

For example, let’s say the Amarrad word for speech (“rad”) has not changed; it was still in use during Domain Amarrish and has remained in Imperial Amarrish.
⦁ Speech: rad
⦁ Speak: radir
⦁ Spoke: radiret
⦁ Spoken: radit
but what could have changed is how they conjugate this particular word; based on the proposed structure of an eclectic set of dialects-based rules, this one word, found to be spoken by more people on Athra / Amarr Prime and nearby worlds, had the modern commoner/masses way of conjugating it applied/kept in Imperial Amarrish.
⦁ present tense = add the suffix “ir”
⦁ past tense = add the suffix “iret”
⦁ past participle = add the suffix “it”

Where Imperial Amarrish differs distinctly from Domain Amarrish… is that probably all words in Domain Amarrish would have been conjugated by that one rule;
all present tense words in Domain Amarrish probably ended in “ir”,
but in Imperial Amarrish, different dialects developed on different worlds would have different spellings for their own past tense words,
and on whichever worlds in Amarr Space where, for example, the word “make” is in use more than anywhere else in Amarr Space… their own/different way of conjugating it would have been adopted as the official/universal way of conjugating just that one word for all the rest of Amarr Space.

Example: Since “shaif” can mean horn, and a derivative of it (“shaife”) can mean creation, instead of making it “shaifir” to mean “create”, or “shaifiret” to mean created, we would apply different suffixes, i.e. the way of conjugating that word on the worlds in which it was most used,
so we might instead say the present tense of “shaif” was something like “shaifid” or “shaifze” or whatever else we want to make up for that particular world/dialect, and then the past tense might stem from that, becoming “shaifidke” or “shaifzetz” or whatever else sounds nice/logical.

When making the list of all the different ways to indicate present tense in modern (Imperial) Amarrish, we could do something like this:
⦁ in/from the Aridia region, the rule for indicating present tense is to add the spelling/suffix “ib”
⦁ in/from the Derelik region, the rule for indicating present tense is to add the spelling/suffix “ip”
⦁ in/from the Domain region, the rule for indicating present tense is to add the spelling/suffix “ir”
⦁ in/from the Genesis region, the rule for indicating present tense is to add the spelling/suffix “il”
⦁ in/from the Kador region, the rule for indicating present tense is to add the spelling/suffix “id”
⦁ in/from the Khanid region, the rule for indicating present tense is to add the spelling/suffix “ig”
⦁ in/from the Kor-Azor region, the rule for indicating present tense is to add the spelling/suffix “it”
⦁ in/from the Tash-Murkon region, the rule for indicating present tense is to add the spelling/suffix “ik”

and this would explain why so many words in the made-up vocabulary above clearly follow a variety of spelling/conjugation rules.

The Amarr unified their home-world, Athra, and likely forced their own language to be learned not just by all its people, but the people of all the worlds they Reclaimed.

That wouldn’t be the case as much millennia later, especially after they stopped enslaving (as much); their free population would have spread far and wide, the input of its different/separate demographics/subsets all taken into consideration, resulting in the ecelctic mix of spellings/rules.

And if we build from the vocabulary above, not just making up rules, we can see that anything that starts with “to”, such as “to create”, has all the following different prefixes/rules:
⦁ a
⦁ aj
⦁ an
⦁ ar
⦁ av
⦁ ba
⦁ bre
⦁ ch
⦁ co
⦁ de
⦁ ha
⦁ he
⦁ ip
⦁ ku
⦁ la
⦁ na
⦁ oj
⦁ pu
⦁ ra
⦁ se
⦁ sh
⦁ ta
⦁ te
⦁ ul
⦁ va
⦁ ve
⦁ vi
⦁ vu
⦁ xe
⦁ ye
⦁ za
⦁ ze
(assuming all those “to” actions are identified with a one-syllable prefix, not conjugated some other way)

The above different spellings implies that there are at least 32 major populations/demographics/regions within Amarr Space which had free citizens and different sets of words in frequent use.

The higher frequency of the “va” prefix, and 2nd most-frequented prefix being “ve”, suggests that Amarr in Domain are accustomed to conjugating “to” actions with the “va” prefix, while the next-most-populous region of Amarr Space --probably Tash-Murkon, due to its proximity and number of systems-- are accustomed to conjugating “to” actions with the “ve” prefix, and so on.

Maybe the more-populated regions had so many dialects that the Amarr language-drafters decided to represent and please multiple demographics in each, thus the 32 different prefixes in that latest list above, rather than a number of prefixes equal to the number of regions in Amarr Space; there are probably just so many people on so many worlds in each Amarr region that they’d never understand or accept new (Imperial) Amarrish if only one region’s way of conjugating words used more often in other areas of Amarr Space was officiated instead of theirs.

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