THE SERPHELORIAN LANGUAGE ("SERTHARIAN")

SERTHARIAN DIALECT - SOPHRONIAN LANGUAGE

The common Serphelorian dialect is technically termed ‘Sertharian’ by scholars. It is marked out from other Santharian tribal dialects by its gestural component; its sound is much less distinctive than most dialects, due to the Serphelorians' long history of mixing with other tribes. The old Sophronian tongue has died out in the centuries since the unification of Santharia, but words once of that language are often peppered through Serphelorian speech.

Sertharian Dialect. Serphelorians can have quite different accents, depending on what area the speaker comes from. Their Tharian has the more delicate, cultured sounding New-Santhalan acccent in those who live within the Rimmerins Ring and in some larger towns, and is more heavy-sounding in other areas.

While their accent can vary,
Serphelorians are easily told apart from the other tribes who mingle in Sanguia by their emphatic gesturing. Nods, hand-waving, eye-rolling, head-waggling, arm-waving, table-thumping, stamping, and any number of more specific, and often less polite gestures are used to emphasise their stories and speech. This marked gestural element to is thought to be linked to the important part many different acted performances of past events play in Serphelorian festivals.

Tharian in
Serphelorian areas is also often interspersed with Sophronian words, especially in the army. Only a few scholars know that language now, but words dealing with concepts like weak and strong, and male and female are known by nearly all Serphelorians, and used in place of the Tharian so frequently that it is part of their dialect.

Sertharian is similar to the Centharian dialect in that short sentences are the norm. The long, illustrative verbiage of the Avennorians is avoided, and that style of speech is poorly thought of among
Serphelorians. Qualifications to sentences (for example, 'sort of', or 'in a manner of speaking') are delivered in separate sentences, often with a joke.

In an odd contrast to their otherwise bawdy, carefree ways,
Serphelorians tend to be quite careful with titles. One must always call a Kaiarxura or a vaxytha by her title, unless one seeks to start a fight! Return to the top

Sophronian Language. It might surprise readers to know that several phrases in use across Santharia are actually, in their original form, from the
Sophronian language. That wonderful term ‘firth’, which describes one’s significant other, or in the verb or adjectival form (‘firthing’), describes someone looking for a short-term significant other, or someone behaving as if they were in rather in need of a significant other, comes from the Sertharian ‘phaerth’. The title ‘Va’, which is so commonly used by female warriors or unmarried women of standing, is the Sertharian title for a woman. Even the Santharian-wide slang ‘xur’, of course being more or less equivalent to the word ‘fantastic’, comes from the Serphelorian custom of tattooing.

These words and more are commonly used in Sertharian speech. A list follows which may be of assistance to the traveler in lands where this dialect is spoken.

Vocabulary Meaning Example
Feah (fa-EAH), (pl. Faeahz) Man, refers particularly to Serphelorian men, but can be applied to all men. "That is one handsome faeah."
Fahn Male (pl. fahnz) "That is a very fahn thing to say."
Ja Weak, weakling "You’re too ja to fight me!"
Kahimar Girl (pl. kahimari) "This kahimar will grow into a strong warrior."
Kaiarxura Respected person (usually a woman) "Excuse me Kaiarxura, but may I watch you train?"
Katmoh The Serphelorian concept that one must always protect the weak. "In the spirit of katmoh, the Serphelorians of the Elverground are quite friendly with the hobbits who are their neighbours."
Noeh (Naw-eh) Boy "Be a good noeh and help your father wash the clothes."
Phaerth, phaerthing As the Tharian ‘firth’, but can also mean one's land. When used in regard to a person, it is more commonly use by women about their men in Sertharian. Get off my phaerth!”, “I’ll welcome (or, ‘I’m walking’) my phaerth tonight” (lascivious), “She’s just saying that ’cos she’s phaerthing”.
Rakciel Girl baby: means treasured gift "I have named my rakciel Lyzalia."
Va (pl. Vai) Woman, grown person "Vai from Islia will beat vai from the south at kokdar any day!"
Vahn Female (pl. vahna) "Only vahna should be allowed to become xau-va!"
Vaxytha Wise woman, often in a position of power "I joined the Order of Seyella because the vaxytha told me I must."
Xau-va Soldier, warrior woman. Mostly a military term, but can be used for respected non-military warriors. Despite its gendered nature, this term is used for men as well as women Tajain joined the Order of Seyella and now he is a xau-va!"
Xur (slang version) Fantastic, awesome, really impressive "Wow, I never thought you would be able to hit that target! That was xur!"

The Sophronian language is surprisingly closely related to Kuglimz’Seitre. The word order is thought to be more or less the same, albeit less strict, and there are some surprising similarities in words across these two language. For example, the Sophronian word for ‘invalid’ – ill or disabled person - was similar to the word the Kuglimz now use for ‘sheep’. Scholars of language have speculated that perhaps the lost Mynian language contained a word which was a precursor to both. Differentiating papers written in the old Serphelorian tongue from works in its northern cousin is quite easy for these researchers, however. Hyphens are used to form compound words instead of apostrophes and, tellingly, words tied to concepts of battle, morality, and religion are quite different across the two languages.

Below can be found a list of some of the words which have been preserved by scholars. Many are deductions from currently used words; others have a firmer foundation, having been found in historical documents which were written in both the
Sophronian language, and the Glandorian tongue of the Serphelorians’ allies, the Avennorians. Others still are words recently fallen out of use, or recorded by different elven tribes as the Sophronians made their long journey down the continent of Sarvonia millennia ago. Return to the top

Ar Past-suffix (sort of like –ed)
 
Afael Others, in the sense of an outside group.
Avari’afael Short for Aviaria-jou-afael: tribe of the Aviaria. Thought to be the precursors to the Aerpheronians, although given their use of the word ‘Aviaria’, they may have been elves.
Beinxau Sister
Bvil Arm
Chrond Agreement
Chrondra Symbol of agreement
Ceryas Roaming, searching
Eb Covering
 
Faeah (fa-EAH) Man
Fahn Male
H No such letter in Sophronian, except as part of the combination ‘ph’)
Ja
 
Weak, weakling
Jaeb Weakling covering
Jaesap Belonging, indicating ownership
Jeinar(z) Daughter(s)
-jou Means ‘of’, and is positioned after a noun. Indicates belonging, like ..’s in Tharian.
Je Used to denote having potential. New army recruits are called xau-je (although privately some officers call many of them xau-ja!)
Jakat Means something like ‘protector’, but in a more active, aggressive sense
Jakat-jou-zaek Lands of the Jakat
Jakatya Weak threat-killing thing – set of actions to protect the weak, or more loosely, war dance
Kat
 
To kill a threat, to protect in a very active, agressive sense
 
Kaiar Proven
Kai Strong
Kahimar Girl
Khazi (sg. kha) Fingers
Moeah Wounded, invalid, sick, incapable
Noar Port or port town.
Noeh (norh-eh) Boy
PHelor City, particularly capital or major cities
Phael They
Phaek Them
Rakciel Girl baby (means treasured gift)
Rond Tame (verb)
Rond-afael Others who tame: Eyelians
Ser Around, from
Serphelorian – Serphelor means from the city; ‘ian’ was added later by Thiaran speakers, like most tribes’ names.
Sophronia-bvili-kat Protected by the arms of Sophronia
Tarranoar Tarra’s port town
Va Woman, grown person
Vahn Female
Xur
 
Means any light silvery blue. Is also slang for awesome (applied to person, particularly women; e.g.: By Armeros, Quesvath was one xur lady!)
Xau Warrior
Ya Action, set of actions, dance (but to convey a dance, this syllable must be paired with the name of the type of dance, like women’s, men’s, couples’, energetic, etc.)
Zaek (pl. zaeka)


 
Land
Zaek-ceryas Roaming-lands
Zaek-jaesap Our lands, common lands
Zaek-Sophronia-jou Sophronian lands Return to the top

 Date of last edit 6th Awakening Earth 1669 a.S.

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