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Officially called Cor'Skaraa (The Grand Language).

Coraabish (slang. korabish or raabish) is the official language on Coraab spoken today by the majority of the Unliving tribes as well as Miners. It is also called the common planetary language, neo-minerish, or Tal Coraabish.

Coraabish was gradually created in the first centuries of Miners' occupation of Coraab. This newly formed common language drew heavy influence from the Old Talic (the original language of Miners) and its expressions had a dramatic impact on the evolution of the Unliving culture during the following centuries.

Today, it is by far the most commonly spoken language on Coraab and it is also the official language in C'Ora. Its variations and dialects are spoken even by local xaliens that lived on Coraab for generations. However, the pronunciation of individual ethnic groups is sometimes so different their versions of Coraabish become mutually unintelligible.

Coraabish enjoys much smaller success in traditionalistic city-states like Min'Ora. The most common languages spoken there come from the Unliving roots, i.e. Old Zombic - Zomb'Skaraa or umpa - Dung Umpa.

Division[edit | edit source]

Languages and dialects on Coraab


zomb. - Zomb'Skaraa, the language of Zombs, the original pre-coraabish of the olden days. Its lineage can be traced to times before -30,000 Tu. This language is known for its difficult to learn nuanced pronunciation. The word order heavily alters the meaning of the sentence, the language boasts countless idioms and grammatical exceptions. The "Zombic" is today spoken by only a handful of Unliving aristocrats (so-called zaans) and orthodox traditionalists.

dung. - Dung Umpa, a simplified Dung dialect

cor. - contemporary Cor'Skaraa - the contemporary version of Coraabish (being implied, the abbreviation is not used in dictionary words)

tal. - the ancient Tal dialect, also Old Talic - the remnants of the original dialect used in Tal colonies

Grammar[edit | edit source]

Gender

Coraabish distinguishes 2 grammatical genders - unliving gender (Unliving - he, she, they) and alien gender (things, living beings - it).

Coraabish has 3 existentials - W, K (also C), and self-identifying existential O.


W'lachta - he (you, she, they) is good (Unliving)

K'lachta - it (you, she, they) is good (thing, xalien, Miner) - also C'lachta

O'lachta - I am good (O'Lachta - we are good)


Existentials W and K include you, he, she, it, you, they

Existential O includes I, we



T–V distinction

Coraabish uses distinct pronouns to convey varying levels of politeness and social distance between speakers. The more polite V form is create by capitalizing the first letter of the word connected to the existential.


W'lachta - you are good (slang, egalitarian)

W''Lachta - thou art good (archaic, polite)

Note: Using the existential K in the V form - e.g. K'Lachta is rarely used, usually when addressing the most important foreign dignitaries or in diplomatic communication. O'Lachta is not a V form but a plural of I -"we".



Personification

Coraabish personifies things and activities by adding the personificator B.


B'lachta - a good guy

Ba'lachta - a good guy (does not exist, is dead or fictional)

Bo'lachta - a good thing (materialization of activities into objects)


Tenses

Coraabish distinguishes three tenses - past tense, present tense, future tense


Ka'lachta - it was good

K'lachta - it is good

Ko'lachta - it will be good


Wa'lachta - he was good

W'lachta - he is good

Wo'lachta - he will be good


Oa'lachta - I was good

O'lachta - I am good

Oo'lachta - I will be good



Sentence classification


Declarative sentence Indicates that something is real and true.


O'lachta B'chor. - "I am a good player."


Interrogative sentence Asks questions, requests information.

-kha? - what?, so?, a question tag appended to a declarative sentence


Wa'lachta B'chor -kha? - "Were you a good player?"


Imperative sentence Expresses authority, tells someone to do something.

Khe - works as "!", a stressing prefix before an imperative sentence. Never used in communication with superiors or members of high society.


Khe W'lachta B'chor! - "Be a good player!"



Irrealis sentence Speculates, asks rhetorical questions, expresses wishes and hopes, suggests real and unreal possibilities. Works as an all-encompassing structure for expressing sentences in irrealis moods.

Mu - describes a desired state of events that did not happen


Mu W'Lachta B'Chor... - "If only you were a good player..."



Affirmative and negative

YES - caa (slang. ka)

NO - kche (slang. ke)


Negation is used as a prefix in the form ke' or ke

ke'chor - to not play

Mu W'keLachta B'Chor... - "If only you were a bad (not good) player..."



Singular and plural Singular nouns are the base from which plural is created

Plural is created by adding the quantifier ai or ei (according to the last letter of the quantified word)


O'Lachta B'chorae - "We are good players" O'Lachta B'unreei - "We are good prophets"


Word synthesis Adding an apostrophe between two words creates a word that combines meanings of the parent words, leading to neologisms, idioms, and phrases.


agcha'araa - to see things in perspective (to see the whole)

gokta'rokha - lucker (Luck's lover)

Dictionary[edit | edit source]

A[edit | edit source]

aabu - homebody, a Coraabian that never left Coraab (slang)

aana - to command, to dominate

abakh - orphan

abhta - to vomit

abhtakarr - pukecrete

accha - to condemn, to show disdain with a look or gesture

Abcarra - Dumpers (zomb.)

Abcayaa - Dump (zomb.)

aga - bubble

agcha - to look, to watch

aghra - to cover something with something else (an area, a building, etc.)

achtha - to want at all costs

agga - to zip, to fly at high speeds

aggaka - agrava

aggak - agraver, a pilot of agrava

agha - to mean, to represent

akee - to leave for later, to plan something for the next awakening (zomb.)

akka - to enslave, to exploit

amh - dam

ammarh - consideration, regard

amma - to tolerate, to be considerate

anna - to shine

annarh - star

Annori - Annorian, an inhabitant of Annor

annoi - wood (genuine)

angtha - sadness

anree - Unliving genome (zomb.)

antha - elite, the ruling class

antherra - quality, grade

aao - untruth; as if; optical illusion

aokha - to grow, to cultivate (agricultural)

aonei - pseudo-nature

aorra - pseudo-forest

aotha - cultivar

apa - to sell, to tout

apha - alone

appa - of course

aptha - store, shop (vernacular)

araa - whole, community

ar - everyone

arh - health

aro - pure being, sanctified person

ark - eight

arru - to fight

arrukhor - gravtron

arrunh - war

artherra - weird, peculiar

atho - firstborn (in an Unliving brood)

athoma - to subjugate

att - to must

atta - jail, detention

awothei - favor, good relations

B[edit | edit source]

B'accha - judge-evaluator, member of the trial circle

B'Accha - judge-wordgiver, head judge of the trial circle

B'agcha - gaper

B'agga - pilot

B'akka - slaver

B'anna - spiritually enlightened person

B'aro - salesman, shopkeeper

B'arru - warrior

B'athoma - usurper

B'att - someone making a big deal about something, possibly demanding extra effort from others

B'bhan - conqueror, pillager

B'chor - player

B'cogtha - mysterious person

B'contha - inhabitant

B'coreei - someone processing corabit

B'dinna - feldsher, surgeon

B'donghta - usurper

B'drog - spokesperson, narrator

B'dungtha - mugger, rapist

B'ekh - thinker, philosopher

B'fatta - controller, activating switch

B'fon - negotiator, delegate

B'fuo - high-conflict person

B'gantha - payer

B'ghaar - slave, hard worker

B'gok - owner, high society

B'gokta - lover, favorite

B'gokha - person attracting trouble and problems

B'hoptha - sub-mag, network specialist

B'iar - clone

B'ilkarra - loud person

B'iolma - sender

B'iolkha - receiver

B'iotta - stringer

B'iraa - preacher, lecturer

B'irh - grower, breeder

B'irr - liar, gossiper

B'iuntho - person-of-the-world

B'izo - protector

B'kaa - spiritual authority

B'kaorra - arrogant person

B'kche - hitchhiker

B'khaa - optimist

B'khei - graver, driver

B'khera - genomant, genetic manipulator

B'khopta - winner

B'khor - proud person

B'khorra - absolutist, absolutist leader

B'knechta - useless dimwit

B'koha - drover, meta-insect catcher

B'kohta - walker

B'konghta - miner, hard worker

B'kuua - glutton

B'lakhta - judge, evaluator

B'leekai - freshly awakened (Zomb)

B'lokha - opponent, competitor

B'lonta - gasbag

B'lop - servant

B'lun - revolutionary

B'ma - being that walks on rear legs

B'mag - flyer

B'maghta - vi-mag (archaic)

B'maora - hard worker

B'mea - flying squirrel

B'meeka - writer, loger

B'nar - administrator

B'noi - creator

B'nomma - wrestler

B'noor - digger

B'nua - slave

B'ogtha - translator

B'okhta - murderer

B'okka - killer

B'olt - ruler

B'onkh - honored person

B'omtha - risk-taking person, gambler

B'ontha - record-holder

B'optha - boter

B'pokha - fighter

B'redha - anti-Reddan activist

B'reei - Unliving near the end of its unlife's cycle

B'ro - terminator

B'rooa - - terminator of unlife, mass murderer

B'rukkha - ruuk breeder

B'ruuka - savage

B'sei - gatherer

B'sontha - supplicant, wretch

B'sontharra - alm-seeker (archaic)

B'sokhurra - provocateur

B'sonnataraa - representative, deputy

B'sowa - seducer

B'sunn - refugee

B'sua - scholar, student, nerd

B'suua - old-timer, someone who remembers past times

B'taan - dumpdigger

B'tah - slacker

B'tanna - wrestler

B'tanokha - athlere, fighter

B'teeka - humiliator

B'thapta - rookie, beginner

B'thu - hunter

B'tua - miner

B'tunga - T'ung matter miner

B'turra - miner

B'tuura - trouble maker

B'ug - newborn

B'umtha - thief

B'una - lightbringer

B'uokha - masked person

B'uukka - hysteric

B'wakka - trader with WaalkWak

B'warh - singer

B'wokha - helper

B'wor - spokesperson

B'yabha - fucker (derogatory)

B'yokhta - specialist, expert

B'yop - parasite

B'zon - patron, sponsor

bael - bone, skeleton

Bael - descendant of Wild Bones

baezaan - skelethor

bachaar - lever, crowbar

bachta - to write, to log

bahha - will to do something

baharr - person with a good heart

bahoof - Bael purple (color shade)

bak - body

bakhta - body science (medicine)

bal - hall, dome; hollow

balla - married Bael

ban - rule, power, upper hand

banno - to control, to be provided with

banree - Miner (zomb.)

baraa - to try

barra - to wander

batu - Miner (dung.)

berrekh - council

beupha - strict upbringing

bhan - to conquer, to pillage

Biia - Coraabian that left the homeworld (slang.)

bilorra - assembly, council (tal.)

Bi'Tol - 4th era of the Year of Excavation

bo - hill, summit

bog - volcano

boi - age, eternal

bop - bio- (prefix)

boph - sour

bopha - to make sour, to acetify

bopharr - bio-robot

bophakarr - bio-acid

boppa - leader, commander

boppha - to issue orders

boppo - environment, climate

bokh - pain

bokha - to hurt, someone who causes pain for someone else

bokh - bulge (in the Dump)

bol - unit of height on Coraab

bolh - down, downwards

boltha - to crave

boroa - council, lodge

breechai - matriarch, high-ranked female title (zomb.)

bsukka - unit of weight

B'Um - He Who Creeps from the Vat, one of the three Dungic deities

bugu - to crush (dung.)

bumtha - vatter

bumma - to guard, guardian

buonth - resistance

buokha - to pardon someone, merciful person

bun - evil (noun & adjective)

bunh - noha, rear limb

bunth - doom

burra - dune, heap

burrakarr - desert

buun - depth

bu-magu - to lose, to fail

bu'nuth - deathbringer, terminator


Phrases[edit | edit source]

Phrases often omit the existential (instead of B'Toch Thubo, we say Toch'Thubo).


Phrases

Il'wree - a dignified Zombic greeting (all of you worthy of my attention are my equals)

Tal'Wor - a polite greeting addressing an official (Tal talk)

Khe Iblort! - By Iblort!

Khe'Bun! - an expression of despair or shock (Evil!)

Ekka'kha - what do you think?

Iblort Kaa - Iblort bless you! (May Iblort be with you, Iblortspeed)

O'lachta - a common greeting

O'Lachta - a polite greeting

agcha'araa - to see things in perspective (to see the whole)

arru'taal - to fight till death, a fatal struggle

gokta'rokha - lucker (Luck's lover), wishing of luck

tah'bun - to be soundly defeated (to lie at someone's feet)

suua'tuua - if I'm not mistaken (to deceive memory

wat'nomtha - coming into effect immediately (to become forever effetive)

mao'duorh - to be skilled (have hands for work)

rokha'Tu - lots of luck in the new Year of Excavation (PF)

khe ik'katta - wait for seven! (to be prepared to die, to come into terms with truth, etc.)

luun'innto - Peace! I surrender! (immediate ceasefire)

Yo'oor - ready for action! (to be present)

Ku'dun'pa - to defend at all costs (dung.)


Sayings

Tarru thonta'noa - the stone is heavier than the head - an old Dung saying (see Mono)

Numbers and units[edit | edit source]

Numbers[edit | edit source]

A duodecimal, the so-called "Circular", system is used on Coraab.

  • 0 - Og
  • 1 - Wr
  • 2 - Hak
  • 3 - Rab
  • 4 - Ko
  • 5 - War
  • 6 - Ech
  • 7 - Ik
  • 8 - Ark
  • 9 - Khno
  • 10 - Ba
  • 11 - Ukk
  • 12 - To
  • 144 - Ton
  • 1728 - Tonn
  • 20 736 - Tonna
  • 248 832 - Tonnarh (slang Tonnar)
  • 2 985 984 - Tonn'rah (slang Tonnra)
  • 35 831 808 - Tonn'arra (slang Tonnara)
  • 429 981 696 - Tonn'haru (slang Tonnhar)
  • 5 159 780 352 - Tonn'gha (slang Tonnga)

Time units[edit | edit source]

Gul - a Six-Year Plan of Excavation (introduced by Miners around [[Timeline|700 Tu) | has 6 Years of Excavationy (some Unliving do not acknowledge Guls at all)

  • 1. Tu - Ta'Tu
  • 2. Tu - Nuu'Tu
  • 3. Tu - Ka'Tu
  • 4. Tu - Bi'Tu
  • 5. Tu - Tha'Tu
  • 6. Tu - Ro'Tu


Tu - 1 Year of Excavation | has 8 Tols

Tols

  • 1. Tol - Ta'Tol
  • 2. Tol - Nuu'Tol
  • 3. Tol - Ka'Tol
  • 4. Tol - Bi'Tol
  • 5. Tol - Tha'Tol
  • 6. Tol - Ro'Tol
  • 7. Tol - Ca'Tol
  • 8. Tol - Raa'Tol


Tol - 1 Period of Excavation | has 2 days


Un - an hour | has 12 Unts


Unt - so-called "shard" of an hour | has 60 Oms


Om - so-called "blink" - the shortest commonly used time unit (shorter intervals are a fraction of Om, e.g. 0.0055 Om etc.)

Physical units[edit | edit source]

Mass



Length and height

  • Bol (+Bol, -Bol) - a vertical unit of height
  • Lant - a horizontal unit of length

Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

  • C'Ora [Kho:ra] - metallic o (also uo)
  • Ora [ooo:ra] - bent o (round o)