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Spira, and its langauge Spirese, was once the unifying power of the Loline Region, dominating land, sea, and even air in the form of spoken word.  In deed, the Great Spirese Empire ("Meillie Glorioth Efree do Sfilliie" in their tonge) was not just an Empire, but an entire world in its own right.  Outside of Spira's wide reach was a land of fear and darkness, best left unexplored, else the traveler wish to face death or worse.  The Spirese language shall be the topic of this chapter of the Records.  While much of Spiran culture was lost in the War of Floods, this is one few aspects of the massive Empire that remain to be studied.  It should be noted that Spirese is almost completely comprehensible to speakers of to-day's Spiran.

Alphabet and Sounds

Vowels

A - Pronounced as in "rug", "stuff, or "run"

Ay - Pronounced as in "way"

Eh - Pronounced as in "kettle" or "let", sometimes with a faint nasal "n" as an ending sound

E - Pronounced as in "friend" or  "yes" in the middle of words, but as in "lake", "taste", or "made" at the end

O  - Pronounced as in "one", "of", or 

Oh - Pronounced as a rounded "o", not present in our speech, but similar to as in "go" or "snow"

Ou - Pronounced as in "spoon" or "canoe"

I - Pronounced as in "we" or "see"

Consonants

The Consonants in Spirese worked exactly the same as they do in our language, as ours was modelled for theirs.

Dipthongs

ie - Pronounced as "ee-eh" in Central dialects, "ee-ay" in Southern Spirese, and "eah" (as in "yeah") in Northern speak; usually denotes a location.  (Ex: "sfallie" meaning under, "loliie" meaning the Loline Sea)

Ll - Pronounced as a guttural trill of the letter "R", using the back of the throat.

Rr - Pronounced as a dental roll of the letter "R", using the tip of the tongue.  

Vr - Pronounced with a rolling R sound, similar to "Rr".

Sf - Pronunced as it's seen, not present in our language

Words and Phrases

Basic Terms

Lo - Yes

Ne - No

Byeh Da - Hello, Good Day

Ado - Goodbye

Koh - Who

Keh - What

Kehn - When

Kay - Where

Ki - Why

Golt - Money, Coinage

Frri - Please

Dankou - Thank you

Attont - To hear

Ouashe - To see

Byeh - Good

Llam - Bad

Messay - To put/place

Fomessay - To misplace

Hohf - Up

Sfah - Down

Fekelay - Funny

Fosho - Surely

Locations and States of Being

Sfilliie - Spira

Loloiie - Loline Sea

Sfalliie - Under/Below

Fassiie - Peace

Basiie - War

Aoriie - Love

Ouvie - The Sky

Tirriie - The Ground

Sehiie - The Water

Prepositions

Do - Of (Masc.)

Day - Of (Fem.)

Oh - At

Pronouns

Subject

Eh - I

Ni - We

Ou - You

Ouay - You Plural

Ouayeh - You Plural (a very large number)

Oueh - General You

I - He

Si - She

Iay - He Plural

Siay - She Plural

Object and Possesive

Mo - Me/My

Noh - Us/Our

Ou - You/Your

Oui - You/Your Plural and General (any amount)

Im - Him/His

Sim - Her

Ii - Him/His Plural

Sii - Her Plural

Indirect Object

Eh - To/At me

Nir - To/At us

Ou - To/At you (all forms)

I - To/At him

Si - To/At you

Ayeh - To/At them (both genders)

Cardinal Directions

The Spirese based their four directions off simple root words, each with a different element.

Ton- North, woods and forests

Tirr - South, Earth and Land

Lol - East, the Sea

Malt - West, Clouds, The Air

Grammar

  1. When asking a question, the subject always comes first, before the question word and the verb.  Ex: "Ou Keh tak Eh?" Lit. "What do you speak to me", meaning "What language is that?"
  2. Unless the question is inverted, then the subject comes after the verb.  Ex: "Tak Ou Sfillie?", meaning "Do you speak Spirese?"
  3. A person or thing is always /at/ a location or state of being.

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