Trade Common

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Trade Common is the most used and almost universal language of the Prosperan Republic. Trade Common was mandated as the only official language of the Republic after the many reforms instituted by the Prospectors during their ascension.

Trade Common utilizes the Old Prosperan alphabet and writing, a cursive-style alphabet written right to left. During the reformation of education and the Republic's languages, the alphabet was standardized to include only 22 letters, plus a number of additional characters that stood for certain phrases, meanings, and letter combinations, such as a specific letter for the suffix 'el'.

The letters in English orthography correlate to A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V Y.

Grammar roughly translates to this: there is an operative word denoting emotion (in many cases, when one wants to conceal emotion or is otherwise uncertain, there is a generic operative), a pronoun/subject, a verb modified by tense, and the object. A simple sentence like:

I went to the store.

Would be written as something like

voya shafalle keley.

or [Emotionless] (vo) [I] (ya) [Past-tense] (sha) [to go] (falle) [store] (keley).

In this same manner, prefixes and suffixes are extremely important in the entirety of Common. Almost every word and type of word can be adjusted in some way using a pre or suffix. For instance, saying

"I went to the red store yesterday."

Would be written as something like

voya shafalleteyn urukeley.

Emotionless I, past tense to go + yesterday, red + store.

Words that describe or give more information about the meaning of another word are added on. Tenses and adjectives always go before the word or phrase they are describing.

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When using a preposition such as 'in', the preposition is spoken or written before the words, and then the words are given in order of most outwards to most inwards. This applies to other prepositions such as how left something is, how right something is, under, above, etc.

++Additionally, when an inanimate object or animal is the subject/pronoun of the sentence, emotional operatives are not used. In some cases, they may be used for animals, but always in a personifying way.

If you want to say "The red store is above the blue store.", you would write it as something like

maheurukeleyzarukeley.

Some dialects separate the subject and object in instances such as this, but official TC does not.


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Sentences with an emotion are treated somewhat differently. When an emotion besides vo (neutral) is used, you can include that emotion behind any other word in the sentence, with each addition adding more emphasis.

For instances, saying "I went to the red store, and they had my color." would be written as something like

asuya asushafallen asuurukeley| au asushanala asuyajura.

would denote extreme happiness over this fact, typically accompanied by body gestures. Also note the word 'color' and the prefix 'I', which denotes 'my'. the same can be done with any other pronoun as a prefix to an 'owned' object.

Additionally, emotional sentences like this are rarely used in formal speech. They are almost always confined to friendly, especially closely friendly encounters. Using an emotion besides 'vo' in formal speech is considered extremely rude.


Short lexicon: Emotives: Vo: No emotion Asu: Joy


Uru: Red Zaru: Blue Falle: To go Keley: Store