The Imperial Language is the most spoken tongue of the Lewis Nations, and the most widespread of all the Lewis human tongues. It is spoken mainly in the Empire of Mankind and the Plutocracy of Gish, where is the official language of both nations. It is also spoken in expatriate communities all over Herschel Space and beyond, forming communities of speakers in the CoB, the CUEN, the NTIH and other Lewis Nations.

It's closely related to the Unionist Language, the Federal Language, the Kreonese language and Sionese. All of whom come from the Anarian Language Family. The Closest relative to the Imperial Language is the Federal Language, which diverted more recently than the Unionist language. The latter is the second closest of all the Lewisian languages, but diverted earlier than the Federal tongue. Kreonese and Sionese are a bit more distinct due to their Alien influence and their distance, as they evolved from an already evolved version of the Imperial tongue.

The Imperial Language is derived from the Anarian language, which is still spoken in Anar. This languages, Imperial and (Modern) Anarian, come from a common ancestor called Old Anarian which in turn come from Prto-Anarian which was formed out of the influence of several older languages. These were English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Chinese, Greek and Norwegian. However, the Anarian languages have evolved its own distinct and original changes. Anarian then was transported to Elpida where it evolved on its own to become the Imperial language, from which the rest of the Lewis Languages derive.

Imperial has more than 125 Septilion speakers all over the Galaxies of Herschel Space, and its has in turn derived in many small local dialects. Each planet has its own distinctive speech, although these aren't unintelligible, but rather no more than accent differences.

Language Family

Anarian Family of Languages

Proto-Anarian Language : An early version of the Old Anarian language

  • Old Anarian: (Language spoken until the Anarian Fever Crisis, after which it divided in two Branches)
    • (Modern) Anarian Language: Spoken in Anar to the present day by those who remain. After Anar's integration into the Empire of Mankind, the language has been ongoing a progressive decline due the influence and pressure of the Imperial Language.
  • Lewisian Languages: (A family of languages spoken by those who left and settled in the Piscis-Perseus Supercluster)
    • Imperial Language: Spoken and developed by the settlers who arrived in Elpida and scaped the Anarian Fever incident. It started as a dialect of Anarian who diverted greatly on its own, and from which derive the rest of the languages spoken on the Supercluster. Spoken by the Empire of Mankind and the Plutocracy of Gish.
      • Unionist Language: Broke out from Imperial language when the Imperial Scape Slaves founded the Union. It started as a distinct dialect of the Imperial language but due to isolation it became a language of its own (although still very very close to the Imperial language)
      • Federal Language: The language was created by refugees of the Empire and to a lesser extend from the Union, after the war between both nations. The Federal language started as a dialect that evolved in the Akai Nebula to become a language of its own and the Official language of the Intergalactic Federation. This languages can be said to be in between the Unionist and Imperial Languages although its closer to the later due to Imperial Refugees making the majority of the Refugees.
        • Kreonese Language: Born out of a mix between the Federal Tongue and influences of Alien languages. It was spoken in an isolated area of the Intergalactic Federation, most notably in the planet Kreon, but due to limited access at the time with other areas of the Federation, it degenerate into a distinct language. With independence of the region and the creation of the United Alliance, Kreon became its capital, and Kreonese its oficial tongue, expanding the language all over United territory.
          • Sionese Language: Very similar to the Kreonese Language. It started as a distinct dialect of Kreonese, with less Alien influence. After independence, the language evolved on its own to form Sionese, which is very similar to Kreonese.

History

The Language was formed by Anarian settlers in Elpida, who evolved a distinct dialect of their native Old Anarian Language. It was by then, that their dialect by the time of the Republic of Elpida was referred to as just Elpidan o the Elpidan Language, rather than Old Anarian, as it had been noticed to be substantially different that the language in the written records spoken by the early settlers of Elpida.

During the Republic of Anthropos, the language was called Anthropic, to include all planets in the republic and to differentiate the Elpidan dialect from the rest of varieties and avoid confusion. This time, the language saw profound reforms and the language standarized loosely its writing and communication.

With the creation of the Empire of Mankind, even more reforms concerning language were carried out, teaching the variety to kids and promoting language unification, rather than dialectal divergence. The Language of Elpida became the based of the standard of the language and imposed all over the Empire, unifying and avoiding further divergence.

Grammar

Nouns

The nouns have a system of three genders, Masculine, Feminine and Neutral. Masculine nouns end in -a or in -u, Feminine nouns are identified by an -e and -i, while neutral by -o or -consonant ending.

Examples:

  • Mombra (Man): Masculine in -a ending
  • Adru (Father): Masculine in -u ending
  • Mure (Woman): Feminine in -e ending
  • Odri (Mother): Feminine in -i ending
  • Eino (Child): Neutral in -o ending
  • Kiral (Spacecraft): Neutral in -consonant ending

Plurals

The plural is made by adding an -n to the end of the noun. Those nouns with consonant ending have a -s consonant swift. That applies to most of the nouns in Nominative and Accusative case.

In Dative the plural is done with -na in vocal ending nouns (Munrena) or -sa to consonant ending nouns with consonant swift (Kiral -->Kirasa).

In Genitive, the plural is done by adding -ni to vocal ending nouns (Enkinoni Menlan - the Kids tables) and -si to consonant ending nouns with consonant swift (Kirasi Menlan - the Spaceships tables)

Example:

  • Menla (table): feminine ending in vocal, would be Menlan (tables) in plural
  • Kiral (spacecraft): neutral ending in consonant, would be in Kiras (spacecrafts) in plural.
  • Kanu (ocean): Masculine ending in vocal, would be Kanun (oceans) in plural.

Gramatical Cases

Imperial language is the only one among the main languages of the Lewisian family to have cases on its own. Still, most of them are very simple. There are only 4 cases: Nominative, Accusative, Dative-Ablative and Genitive. Some dialects have merge Dative and Genitive or have either suppress the Dative or the Genitive.

Cases/Gender Masculine Feminine Neutral Plural Pl. in some dialects
Nominative -a // -u -e // -i -o // -consonant -n/-s (vocal / consonant ending) -n/s
Acusative -rel -ter -nel//el -n/-s (vocal / consonant ending) -n/s
Dative/Ablat -ral -tar -nal/-al -na/-sa(vocal / consonant ending) -n/s
Genitive -kil -tir -nil/-il -ni/-si (vocal / consonant ending) -n/s

The Nominative

Its the normal state of the nouns, when they are either stand alones or when they act as a subject.

Example of Nominative.

  • The Woman - Mure
  • The Man - Mombra
  • The Child - Enkino
  • The Student - Setudet
  • The Spacecraft (Sing.) - Kiral
  • The Spacecrafts (Plur.) - Kiras

The Accusative

It's used to mark the direct object of a sentence. It makes reference to the object that is being used.

Example of Accusative

  • He just bought a Ship - Bomasa yerin kiralel.
  • the Father has a child - Tasen adru enkinonel.

The Dative

The Dative is used to mark the indirect object of a sentence. It has merged with the ancient Ablative case. Nowadays, genitive and dative are also proceeding towards a merging state.

Example of Dative

  • He just bought a spacecraft to the father - Bomasa yerin kiralel adrural.
  • He just bought a spacecraft to the mother - Bomasa yerin kiralel odritar
  • He just bought a spacecraft to the child - Bomasa yerin kiralel enkinonal
  • He just bought a spacecraft to the men - Bomasa yerin kiralel Mombran
  • He just bought a spacecraft to the students - Bomasa yerin kiralel setudesa

The Genitive

Its used to show property. when an object belongs to someone. It is marked by -kil for masculine, -til for feminine nouns and -nil/-il for neutral nouns.

Example of Genitive

  • the Man's table - Mombrakil Menla
  • the Ocean's wind - Kanukil Vindo
  • the Father's table - Adrukil Menla
  • Mom's table - Odritir Menla
  • the Woman's table - Muretir Menla
  • the Child's table - Enkinonil Menla
  • the Spacecraft's table - Kiralil Menla
  • the Ocean's wind - Kanukil Menla
  • the Mothers's table - Odrini Menla

Sentence Structure

The language has a VSO structure or a OSV structure for informal and formal structures. It is also a prodrop language.

Pronouns

Verbs

The Verbs are divided, as many anarian languages into Far, Medium and Close Past, as well as Present, Near Future and Far future tenses. The Verbs also change on plural and singular forms.

Example: Verb to Eat:

Infinitive Far Past Middle Past Near Past Present Near Future Far Future
I Yomer Yomeke Yomete Yomese Yomere Yomene Yomede
You Yomer Yomeki Yometi Yomesi Yomeri Yomeni Yomedi
He/She/It Yomer Yomeka Yometa Yomesa Yomera Yomena Yomeda
We Yomer Yomeken Yometen Yomesen Yomeren Yomenen Yomeden
You Yomer Yomekin Yometin Yomesin Yomerin Yomenin Yomedin
They Yomer Yomekan Yometan Yomesan Yomeran Yomenan Yomedan

Adjective

Determiners

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