Okhel

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Linguistics

Vowels

Okhel words have "vowel harmony", meaning that only certain vowels may occur together in a word, based upon whether the vowels are formed in the front or back of the mouth. These are:

"Front" vowels e, u, o "play", "boot", "go"
"Back" vowels a, uh, ah "hat", "hook", "not"
Neutral i "free"

Where "i" is not restricted and may occur in any word.

Vowel harmony applies to most suffixes and other modifiers, thus they may have multiple forms in order to be compatible with both vowel groups.

Plurality

Nouns are pluralized with the suffix -im, or simply -m for those ending in a vowel. In some nouns ending with a vowel and consonant pair, the terminal consonant may be dropped and -m suffixed in its place.

Writing

Okhel has no native script of its own, and thus — in the rare cases it is written down at all — must be transliterated using some other system. Most often, a subset of the Quallon syllabary is used. While this is convenient in that each glyph corresponds directly to a syllable, making it easy to learn and read, the relative complexity of Okhel words requires a large number of glyphs be known in order to represent all of the language's possible syllables.

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Lexicon

Titles

Term Applies to
Solchin The band's elected chief and foremost diragh.
Ilbesir The foremost shaman of the band.
Tevik Leader of the band's formal guardians (Protectors).

Words

Term Category Meaning
bahshir noun The large felt tent a Hearth calls home. Plural bahshirim.
bolen adjective Denotes a thing that is promising, has potential, is generally positive.
bolen (Morid) collective noun Those who are not yet Moridian, outsiders and second-class citizens.
diragh noun The (male) leader of a Hearth. Plural diraghim.
eniur noun The simple, spare "hunting saddle" used for most routine activities. Plural enium.
eriun mor noun The sacred rite through which a Morid finds their equine partner. Singular and plural.
esku adjective Denotes the opposite or contradiction of a thing; similar to English "anti-".
esku (Morid) collective noun Those who are incompatible with Moridian culture; has connotations of both "barbarian" and "undesirable".
jilur noun The wood-framed, narrow "working saddle" used for herding and long rides. Plural jilum.
molgo noun Any small tent, esp. not constructed of felt; has connotations of "shack" or "hovel". Plural molgim.
Morid collective noun, demonym The people of grass and horses; refers to anyone of the nomad culture, whether from Okudan or otherwise.
morisu noun A horse bonded to a zhinka in the eriun mor. Can also refer to the partnership of a bonded pair, or any deep and extensive relationship between two people. Plural morisim.
zhinkah adjective Denotes a thing that is true, good, proper, right.
zhinkah (Morid) collective noun Those truly of Moridian culture and a full person in the eyes of the band.

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