|From:||Padraic Brown <pbrown@...>|
|Date:||Monday, February 21, 2000, 21:30|
A longstanding concultural project (Heron's "Morion Poplon Circolo
Mondo", or Cultures of the World) has brought to light some bits
and pieces of the languages that are spoken by the peoples enumerated
in the book. Thus far:
PRETORIAN: one of the Roman tongues.
Nos Lasis diovat; nivi luis ruisni Mauorse seses encorreri ni pliosis.
Sator fu, ferre Mauorse, lemen saldi esta tumper; Semunis allernis
avocapi conctis; nos Mauors diovat.
Which is taken to mean "Aid us, o Las; Mars, let no harm or evil
attack the multitude; be content, iron fisted Mars, and leap upon the
threshold of our land and be there vigilant; call together then the
Powers; Mars aid us!" Curious the way old things are forgotten and are
The same hymn is given in several other Roman dialects, to demonstrate
Old Iconian is said to be one of the aryan tongues, by which the
linguists of the time and place mean "a language demonstrably related
to the Language of Science (Pretorian)". It's not a very scientific
definition, but is certainly a step above "anything not some foreign
claptrap"! In their defense, the Indo-European Theory is in the
process of being born: philologists understand that Roman, Gothic,
Celtic and Indian are all similar (and therefore must be related);
but they haven't quite gotten around to how they're related or why.
New Iconian is a kind of mixture of the native Roman and Celtic.
OIc: cusesse eleseent en cusessos heberber sthazandi bugmoss
NIc: de fesecorth et endev; unn veru estath es lus defond
Both mean: "The Gods are merciful, for they always stand in this place
and shall keep out all pestilence."
Calca loha wanke; ranaca locushtara awateshki!
Which means: "On high rides God; to Earth he bends, her lover!"
Quatrevi, muntu ogronu quafiri londinno.
Which means: Of herbs, mint is best for mankind's health.
The people of this country have made the propagation, preparation and
exportation of mint their main industry. In their defense, the above
statement (the opening line of a Mentolatian treatise on herbs) is
pretty close to true, since a couple dozen kinds of mint on this world
are rather powerful, pharmacologically). The language itself is not
apparently IE, but many lexical roots are; obviously munt- (mint) and
fir- (man), as well as some of the morphology.
Two kinds of Celtic are given, the Iberian, spoken in the distant West
and Cumbrian, spoken much closer to home.
I: Reghes quoincque ecquons uuendon loghiu uuoiriion
C: Ricci pempi heppos uendos lugiou uereiunt
Both of which mean: "At the Feast of Lugus, five kings shall ride upon
five white horses." Thus demonstrating the close relationship of
far-flung Celts, as both hold great festivals in midsummer in which
either five kings or the five chiefest kings make an entrance upon
An extremely primitive people who live in the western Atlas Mountains;
they shun the light of Sun and curse her rising thus: "Nduule mbele!",
Lomba tacu eraa; he acca tacu eraa!
Which means "Heed the whirring prayer; Spirit, hear the spinning
prayer!" When they pray, they write out prayers on thin papers, place
them in little balls on chains and spin them around.
Well, that'll be it for now, until I find some more bits later!