The Concept of The Ancient Tongue (TaT)
by Trey Yeoman
The Ancient Tongue is similar to what people of this world think of “Latin”, as a concept for root words and a base for all words. It that, if you know The Ancient Tongue you should, in theory, be able to understand what all words of that “world” mean… if only in a minimal sense.
Over time, cultural, intellectual, and educational advancements would take what was once the Ancient Tongue and morph it into the paradigm of whatever time frame the story is written.
As to that same thought processes, the Ancient Tongue is one of base, primal phonetics and the words for “things” in the world we shall create are dictated by certain regulations and rules (be it spoken or unspoken).
Basic Word Structure
All words, that are part of the world’s nomenclature, are given to certain predilections at their creation. The first step in a creations naming is to determine its planar origin. If it is living in the upper hemisphere of the world, where the sun is ever shining, the first part of its scientific name will be “Ra”. If it is living in the lower hemisphere, where the moon is ever shining, the first part of its scientific name will be “Oth”. The second step in a creations naming is to determine it’s elemental association. Of the known elemental affinities, only a handful can be considered for this naming process.
- Earth: that is dirt, fauna, and growth. This is called: “La”.
- Water: that is water as a material, sea life, lack of common respiration. This is called: “Im” (originally ‘Eem’ before phonetic rule 1a).
- Air: that is the oxygen substance that sustains the life of all creatures of “La”, Wind, Energy Restoration, Water vehicle movement, air travel. This is called: “Eael”.
The third step in a creations naming is to determine its outstanding aesthetic quality traits. In that, is the creature human-like (anthropomorphic) it its appearance, or animal like (zoomorphic). Anthropomorphs have an “A” at the beginning of their scientific name. Zoomorphs have a O at the beginning of their scientific name.
Let us make an example by taking a creature that is similar to a hawk from the planet earth that lives on the upper hemisphere of the world.
It’s scientific name would be: O (morphism) + Ra (planar association) + Eael (elemental affinity)= Oraeael. It would be pronounced: “Oh-or-wrah-eh-wrah-eh-elle”
This creature would be a bird from the hemisphere of eternal sun. It’s full scientific name is longer, but that will be discussed in later writings. For now, this is a simple enough presentation to showcase the basic word structures of our language.