Torbjørn's Diary - 28th January 2013

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January 28, 2013, 11:54:48 AM

Dear diary,

Even though I have been spending a lot of my time lately chasing bugs on the fields of Erellor, I haven't forgotten my work! About a month ago I revealed to you my latest work on the dwarven language, this time I have finished a basic grammar and translated my first book into dwarvish. It is named A History of Erellor and can usually be found in the Royal Emposian Library in Empo Sar. I have written it both using the dwarven runes, but also using common letters. The latter is a bit hard to do as there are several sounds in the dwarven language that have their own runes, but is not represented so with common letters.. I do hope you find this an interesting read however.

Your friend,
Torbjørn
Erellor Bôrukum tê Hilafo im nôrðôn e sôtôn, e Firlow tê Vôstôn. Empo Sar, ahwortûztarôn im or Emposarang Dûrtêlandân gwalum hîr.

Numân "Erellor" ert asy runên af adarm Dûrtêlandân Erellor sô dûrir ofir âvâprâ sûþr Ærath. Or var ônalakahwas akans im mûnzênalôn. Ahwortûztarôn gwalir as kozh bî sûþr kusatôn, man or nein runên joch. Erellorang Dûrtêlandân var fødly kænt af framifrâ kûlt e sûns.

[Rêsôn af pôgân ert bart]
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January 28, 2013, 02:57:16 PM

Do You consider creating a new language for the game to be a great addition and strength in the upcoming release?
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January 28, 2013, 03:04:48 PM

Yes.
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January 28, 2013, 04:48:26 PM

A few questions regarding the reading of the words and letters:

• Are the characters with the caret (circumflex accent; ^) read like in portuguese?

E.g.: In Portuguese â /ɐ/, ê /e/, and ô /o/ are stressed high vowels, in opposition to á /a/, é /ɛ/, and ó /ɔ/, which are stressed low vowels.

• Are the characters ð and þ pronounced the same way (/th/) or in different ways (/dth/ and /th/, respectively)?

• Is the character J read like in English (Jay; /ˈdʒeɪ/) or in the Scandinavian way (Yod; /ˈjɒd/)?

• Is the digraph CH read in the English way (/tʃ/ as in church) or like the greek letter Chi (X; χ)?

I think that's it. If you could answer them all, I'd be really grateful.

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January 28, 2013, 04:55:14 PM

This is an approximation, and practically how I pronounce the different letters.


L - ordinary
A - a as in far or father
 - aw as in law; o as in pot
K - k as in kangaroo
G - ordinary
F - ordinary
V - ordinary
C - k as king
ch - ch as in german Bach or in scottish Loch
sh - ordinary
zh - ch as in church
kh - as k but further back
gh - as g but further back
U - oo as in look or book
Û - o as in who
Ð - th as in there
I - i as in list or fist
Î - ea as in ear
E - e as in sled
Ê - ai as in hair
hw - w as in white
gw - as hw but with a g sound
kw - as hw but with a k sound
Þ - th as in thing
B - ordinary
R - always "trilling"
J - as in english y
O - or as in horse (best example I found, but should be more like a scandinavian o - a middle sound between the u and å)
Ô - slightly longer than the above
D - ordinary
M - ordinary
H - ordinary
N - ordinary
Æ,ae - a as in hat
Ø,oe - ir as in third or bird
P - ordinary
S - ordinary
T - ordinary
X - ks
kz - ordinary
Y - y as in german ypsilon
Z - ordinary
tz - ordinary
ts - ordinary
ng - ng as in song
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January 28, 2013, 11:14:23 PM

Very interesting diary entry, Torbjørn, keep'em coming!
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January 29, 2013, 01:28:53 AM

Thanks for the explanation, Torbjørn.
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June 04, 2014, 11:27:23 PM

I can foresee an interesting quest with all this material
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