Ederic was devised by Gabriel McGovern is write his conlang
by the same name. The Ederic name for the alphabet and language is
Elyer, pronounced /'a:jεr/.
Gabriel McGovern created the Ederic language to be spoken (and written)
by the Lyer (pronounced 'jεr) of Civéer (pronounced 'kiv-jεr);
it is descended from the Ancient Orthasin tongue and bears similarities to
Arduric and Modern Orthasin. Ederic is the primary tongue of the human
race (them being wholly sundered from the other races on a separate continent),
though other human tongues unrelated to Ancient Orthasin do exist. The
Ederic language is much more closely related to English than any other
of Gabriel's languages.
- Type of writing system: alphabet
- Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines
- Some letters form bridges that connect to other cooperative symbols.
- Used to write Ederic (Elyer).
- It is one of Gabriel's only languages to utilize capital letters.
- Letters correspond directly with English equivalents below; initially, 'ng' becomes 'ñ'.
- The combination 'ly' is pronounced 'j'; 'ci' followed by another vowel is pronounced 'h'; 'lo' followed by another vowel is pronounced 'w'; 'se' followed by another vowel is pronounced 'ʃ'. Preceding 'ly'; 'e' is pronounced 'a:'; 'a' is pronounced 'i:'; 'i' is pronounced 'e:'; 'o' is pronounced 'oi'.
- When a word ends in a vowel and the following word begins with a vowel, a 'j' sound is pronounced in between them so as to not hinder the flow of speech; it is unwritten, as it is assumed that the reader will automatically pronounce it this way.
- The letters 'é' and 'í' are pronounced 'j'.
- Vocabulary is created using a mathematical system which manipulates the English words (in their basic forms) and makes them conform to Ederic word structure and grammar.
Most punctuation occurs at the beginning of a thought, not the
end; there is a mark to initiate a new section of ideas tied to a
common theme (paragraph). The punctuation is inspired by the pilcrow.
Sample text in Ederic
Reg geciep epesear ze isong ematidov vin ozeyas vam relen vin meloel. Lyis
ze mepothe tes thineg vin gemed vin cithol melere tet yitath vam nong sizal emegav.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards
one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
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