Data File Updated: Thursday, June 30, 2011
Trade Language is the interstellar language of communication between the various races of the Outsider galaxy.
It has been the formal
language of trade and diplomacy among the spacefaring races for
thousands of years in the current era, but it is much older even
than this. It is a leftover from an ancient era preceding the
current one, when the last great empire (the
was in control of the local region. Trade includes many proper names (especially for
places) that date back to the Soia era. Trade Language exists in
many different dialects, as regional versions have drifted over
the millennia. The version taught by the Orgus to humans is
substantially different in pronunciation than that used by the
Loroi, and lacks many of the archaic references that permeate
the Loroi dialect.
Sentences are terminated by a three-dot equivalent of a period. An example of Trade text, written right to left, is as follows:
Words with double-consonants (such as in bailla, "explode", or tiie, "throw") can either be represented by two of the same character, or by a single character with an inverted carat over it (as in the second and sixth words from the right in the example above). A box-shaped character is sometimes used as a separator, similar to the English colon (":").
In the Loroi dialect of Trade, the characters are pronounced as follows:
This page lists some basic grammatical rules, including sentence structure and verb conjugation.
Loroi Trade uses letters as numerals. A brief overview of the numeric system is here.