This is the latest English/Pandian codex available at the moment. Characters are often subject to change, as the language is still being developed, so this will probably be updated regularly.
How does one use this though? I'll have to do some explaining:
This codex is listed in 4 major sections: from top to bottom, we have Individual Characters, Combination/Special Characters, Pandian-Only Characters, then Numbers and Miscellaneous. I'll give some details on each catagory, but before I do, please refer to the Pandian Romanization Key to follow up on any examples I may give. Now without further a due, the details:
These are the backbone of Pandian, or any character-based language for that matter. When I write the word, Gend (meaning "bear"), I am using only standard Individual Characters. Now, some characters are listed here that are not actually used in Pandian, but are only used for writing English words. These letters are C and X.
One thing a student of Pandian must understand is that during Pandian's developement, it was originally designed as a code, meaning that I designed certain aspects of it to be confusing to decipher; this is where Combination Characters come in. Essentially, a Combination Character is one character that represents two or more characters. For instance, the word the is not written T-H-E, but is written TH-E; the word red is not written R-E-D, but rather R-ED. Now, these characters can have a somewhat different use when actually writing in Pandian, as opposed to writing in English with Pandian characters:
* CH does not represent the literal letters of C and H, but rather represents the sound that CH makes. * ED is not used whenever you write the letters E and D, but is tagged onto the end of verbs to denote past tense: that is it's only use. * ING is not used. * PH is not used. * PT is not used. * SH does not represent the literal letters of S and H, but rather represents the sound that SH makes. * SS, or ß, makes the sound of a hard, slightly prolonged S. SS or ß is also used to denote the possessive tense, such as Taß (your), Neß (my), or Nefumëß (Nefumi's). * ST does not represent the literal letters of S and T, but rather represents the sound that ST makes. * TH does not represent the literal letters of T and H, but rather represents the sound that TH makes. * TS does not represent the literal letters of T and S, but rather represents the sound that TS makes. * UM, UN, and UW are used as simple combination letters to make a word appear more stylistic.
Now concerning the Special Characters:
* F__T is a variant of the Individual Character T that is used when following the letters F, CH, and Copy 2. It is merely for stylistic purposes and is not pronounced differently.
These characters are used very often in Pandian. For instance, the letter `R is used quite more often than the letter R. Characters such as Ä are used quite frequently as well, so it is critical that you become familiar with these characters and their uses.
Numbers and Miscellaneous:
We will start off here by explaining the Copy characters, as these are used quite often in both English and Pandian. One philosophy behind Pandian is for stylistic purposes, one must strive not to use the same letter twice in a word if possible. Essentially what the Copy characters do, is duplicate a previously used letter while giving it a different appearance. Before dissecting each one, let us establish romanizations for each Copy character for use in examples:
Copy 1 - M Copy 2 - ^ Copy 3 - #
* Copy 1 is the simplest to use, though it is used more often in English than Pandian. For instance, when converting the English word Book into Pandian characters, one would spell it as BoMk. In Pandian, it is used to denote an elongation of a syllable, such as the word `RaMsh (sun), and also when a suffix begins with the same letter as the last letter of the word it is attached to, such as hehh`radManù (not-near).
* Copy 2 is ironically the second most difficult to use. Essentially what Copy 2 does, is it copies the letter two letters before it. For instance, when converting the English word Energy into Pandian characters, one would spell it as En^rgy. Some examples in Pandian would be Pa`r^ (fruit) and Gu`rami^ (hands).
* Copy 3 is the most difficult to get used to in my opinion. What this letter does is copies a letter 3 or more spaces apart that has been given a special marking. You can see an example of it here: [link] . The third word on the second line uses the Copy 3 Mark over the second character (A), and the Copy 3 Character is the third to last character in the word (though the character there appears different, as the character given in the codex is a shorthand version). In layman's terms, the crown-like symbol is placed over the character that is to be copied, and the Copy 3 character is used to duplicate that marked character later in the word.
Note also that a Copy character can be copied! For instance, my name in Pandian would be DarMel#, because Copy 1 has to be used twice in one word.
There are more idiosyncrasies with these Copy characters, but I will delve into that as each student needs.
Now onto Numbers and the Characters in the lower right:
Numbers are written by writing letters assigned to each number. For instance, the number 1 is A, 24 would be BD, etc. The way a number is distinguished between a word or normal character is by putting it in special quotes or sorts:
Under the # column is a symbol that looks like an 8 with a line through it; this is the beginning of the "quote" (we'll use a $ sign to signify this in examples). Likewise, a small mark similar to a lowercase k is used to end the "quote". Thus, the letter 49 would be written as $DZk.
Now look to the left of the # column: you will see four similar "quotation" markings. These are for signifying names. In Pandian, a normal word can be used as a name in some cases, and so quotation is necessary. Getting into the culture of the language as well, adding quotation to a name is sort like bestowing honor upon the name's holder, almost like Mr. or Mrs., but not exactly. In short, it is considered disrespectful not to "quote" someone's name. For instance, examine this sample again: [link] . The last word in that sentence is actually a name (as is another word, but lets focus on the last). The name is Nefumë, and it is placed between the honorary quotations for female names. Likewise, there are quotations for male, unisex, and divinity (Anï (God), Ëänsha (Jesus), etc).
Lastly, we will address the ? mark symbol. Unlike English, the ? symbol is pronounced in Pandian. It is pronouced zïn. For example, if I asked the question in Pandian, Nanjù va ta ka`renma? (what are you called by), it would be pronounced, Nanjù va ta ka`renma zïn.
That's it for now! If anyone is interested in learning (and I'm sure those of you who've read to this point probably are ), I will say I am only taking on serious, committed pupils to share my language with, otherwise you'll just have to settle for the small guides I'll post here every now and then. The guides will include pictures with words and such, but if you train with me you will learn proper pronunciation and such.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy.
Oh, and sorry about the crooked scan, I'll fix that laterz.
You invented an entire language to go with this? That's amazing! Did you find it difficult to come up with everything? And how long have you been working on this? Do you use it for something? (Like a story or larp or anything)
Thanks! The language is fairly extensive for what it's meant to accomplish. I've been working on the spoken aspect of the language for about... 8 years off and on? But yes, I use it for a sci-fantasy series I'm working on called The Desert Lights. : )
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