The Languages of Ooranye

 

Nouuan

Jommdan

Lrissj

Other languages

 

Nouuan

is the most widely spoken language of Syoom - the first language of 45% of the population.

Jommdan

Just 21% of the population speak Jommdan as their mother tongue, but High Jommdan - the archaic form of the language - has a special power of self-compression: texts written in this tongue abbreviate themselves in the mind of a reader who already knows something of the subject-matter.

Lrissj

The 34% of Syoomeans who speak Lrissj are to be found disproportionately among the farmers and dwellers in small towns on the plains and in the hills.  Lrissj is more distantly related to Nouuan and Jommdan than the latter are to each other.

Other languages

The three main languages of Syoom are by no means the only languages spoken on Ooranye.  Besides the minor tongues spoken by isolated groups in both Syoom and Fyaym, there is Quonian, which is not much known outside its own land, except for the famous word polikanomv, "tree-lined defensive border".

 

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