Fantasy Language Help!!!
Basically, I'm working on my own fantasy universe and in dire need of help with creating with the languages. The races with certain real world cultural influences will be speaking a language with the same influence. I already have an idea of their linguistic influences, which will be listed below:
Dawn Elves: Uralic languages (Finnish mainly).
Nephalic Elves: Continental Nordic languages (Swedish and Norwegian mainly)
Vidyaranic Elves: Southern Indian languages
Sand Elves: Middle Eastern languages, varies between factions.
Temuja: Mongolic languages
Rumah: Romani language With geographic Variations
Lycaeon: Greek influence
Ildacians: Eastern European Romance languages
Liratinan: Italian influence
Kirovkan: Russian, Ukrainian etc
Vidyarans: See Vidyaranic Elves
Isquahotl: Nahuatl influence
Note: more humans to be added
Albyne: English...no help needed here ;)
Ashephalim: Yiddish and Hebrew
Uachairn: Goidelic and Brythonic Celtic languages
Dwarves: Persian. and Akkadian (if passable)
Greywing: Numerous Native American languages
Any help you Guys can will be greatly appreciated
That is a lot of languages. What is the universe for? Depending on why you are creating them you might never use most of them. Even a huge series of novels (e.g. Middle Earth, Wheel of Time) only have occasional words or phrases in non-English, and RPGs are likely to use less.
If you can give us some idea of how they will be used it will help in working out a good place to start.
I was generally thinking in terms of characters listening in on foreigners in conversation, as well as cursing, prayers and incantations for spells. I feel that being immersed in languages helps the audience feel they are visiting a vast world. I'd also think it be quite the learning experience.
If you need to know more, just let me know.
If you want to create extensive paragraphs in many languages, I suggest starting here.
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