The Dwarven spoken today
has changed little from the ancient dwarven language that originated
eons before the advent of humans on Tellene. Dwarven vocabulary is
comprised of short words with specific meanings; there is little
ambiguity. Many dwarven words are under three syllables long, and most
words are only two syllables. Double consonants are used infrequently,
and double vowels are used sparingly.
When conjugated, all
verbs end in a vowel, with the stress usually being placed on that last
vowel. The vowel used will indicate the subject of the verb. For
example, the dwarven word for "to run" is dorom. An 'i' on the end
(doromi) means "She (or it, female) runs;" an "o" (doromo) means "He
(or it, male) runs;" an "e" (dorome) reflects first person (I run).
Plurality (they, male and female, and we) is reflected in the length of
time the final vowel sound is held. For example, an "o" held for longer
than three seconds would indicate a large number of people or items
(they); an "e" held for a full second would indicate two or three
people (we). Plurality in the written language is expressed by a series
of backslashes () after the vowel. The number of backslashes also
indicates the length of time the final vowel is to be held.
Dwarven is written from
right to left or up to down.
(September 25, 2011)
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