|Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:16 am Post subject: Lorabyn speech patterns
|A little info on Lorabyn speech patterns, to help you and your characters:
- Personal Pronouns: Most Loraby use the pronouns 'e, es, em, emself'. Those that adopt Female personae use 'e, er, er, erself'. Some others, however, use the pronouns 'e, hes, hem, hemself'.
- The pronoun 'I': Loraby, as a rule, don't use the pronoun 'I', as they consider it an imposition on the person they are speaking to. Loraby tend to say 'this one'. Zethny, on the other hand, are even more self-effacing, and use convoluted sentences with the pronoun 'it'. Ab-Loraben, finally, are strongly self-referencial, and use 'Eys' (a pluralized form of I, pronounced like 'eyes') to mean 'I'. When speaking about several people, Ab-Loraben use 'We' (plural inclusive = We and You) and "Ysen" (pronounced like German 'Eisen') (plural exclusive = We without You). An example of an Ysen-sentence would be, on leaving for a party: "Ysen are going by car, what about you?"
- The Lorabyn possesive pronoun (mine) is es (for those who say e, es & e, er) or hes (for those who say e, hes)
- The full range of Ab-Loraben first person singular personal pronouns and possesive adjectives, when translated into English by Starfleet linguists, is:
Eys, eym, eys, eysself, eyme, eymen.
English homophones: eyes, aim, eyes, eyes-self. There is no clear homophone for eyme and eymen, as the second e is like the e in 'bed'.
- For the first person plural inclusive, Ab-Loraben use the English pronouns and adjectives (We, etc...). The first person plural exclusive pronouns and adjectives are:
Ysen, yses, yser, yrself, ysere, yseren.
- Eys like music
- Give it to eym!
- This is eys book
- Eys did it eysself
- This book is eyme / These books are eymen
A Human would say something like: "I would like to visit Earth".
A Loraby would say "This one would like to visit Earth".
A Zeth would say "It is thought e would like to visit Earth" or "It would be liked to visit Earth".
A Lurwab would say "Eys would like to visit Earth" (implying just emself), "We would like to visit Earth" (implying e, the hearer, and probably some other people) or "Ysen would like to visit Earth" (implying e and some other people, but not the hearer).