Gor versus earth - Part 31

  • Tal dear reader,

    In this 31st edition, I gonna tell you more about the alphabet.

    Writing is the physical manifestation of a spoken language. It is thought that human beings developed language c. 35,000 BC as evidenced by cave paintings from the period of the Cro-Magnon Man (c. 50,000-30,000 BC) which appear to express concepts concerning daily life. These images suggest a language because, in some instances, they seem to tell a story (say, of a hunting expedition in which specific events occurred) rather than being simply pictures of animals and people.

    Dating back nearly four thousand years, early alphabetic writing, as opposed to other early forms of writing like cuneiform (which employed the use of different wedge shapes) or hieroglyphics (which primarily used pictographic symbols), relied on simple lines to represent spoken sounds.

    Building on this ancient foundation, the first widely used alphabet was developed by the Phoenicians about seven hundred years later. Consisting of 22 letters, all consonants, this Semitic language became used throughout the Mediterranean, including in the Levant, the Iberian peninsula, North Africa and southern Europe.

    The Greeks built on the Phoenician alphabet by adding vowels sometime around 750 BC. Considered the first true alphabet, it was later appropriated by the Latins (later to become the Romans) who combined it with notable Etruscan characters.

    The Roman alphabet (also called the Latin alphabet) looked very similar to our modern language and is the most widely used alphabetic writing system in the world.

    The alphabet used today consists of 26 letters: A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P Q R S T V X Y Z

    The Books tell us that there are 28 letters in the Gorean alphabet of those only the ones are shown below are mentioned specifically.

    alka: first letter of the Gorean alphabet, corresponds to A

    ar: a letter of the Gorean alphabet

    ba-ta: the second letter of the Gorean alphabet, corresponds to B

    eta: a letter of the Gorean alphabet, corresponds to the letter E

    homan: a letter of the Gorean alphabet

    ina: a letter of the Gorean alphabet

    kef: a letter of the Gorean alphabet, corresponds with K

    nu: a letter of the Gorean alphabet, corresponds with N

    omnion: letter of the Gorean alphabet

    shu: a letter of the Gorean alphabet, represents the sh sound

    sidge: a letter of the Gorean alphabet

    tau: a letter of the Gorean alphabet, corresponds with T

    tun: a letter of the Gorean alphabet

    val: a letter of the Gorean alphabet

    Supporting quotes : 

    "The expressions ‘Al-Ka’ and ‘Ba-Ta’ are the two first letters of the Gorean alphabet. There were twenty-eight characters in the Gorean alphabet."
    Priest Kings of Gor, page 94

    “We may suppose,” said Bosk, “as a working hypothesis, that the message is in Gorean. As far as we know, Belisarius, whom we know only by name, and it may be a code name, is Gorean.”
    “Yes?” said Samos.
    “See,” said Bosk, who was examining the necklace, “The most frequent combination of colors is blue and red.”
    “So?” asked Samos.
    “In Gorean,” said Bosk, “the most frequently occurring letter is Eta. We might then begin by supposing that the combination of blue and red signifies an Eta.”
    “I see,” said Samos.
    “The next most frequently occurring letters in Gorean,” said Bosk, “are Tau, Al-Ka, Omnion and Nu. Following these in frequency of occurrence are Ar, Ina, Shu and Homan, and so on.”
    “How is this known?” asked Samos.
    “It is based upon letter counts,” said Bosk, “over thousands of words in varieties of manuscripts.”
    “These matters have been determined by scribes?” asked Samos.
    “Yes,” said Bosk.
    Slave Girl of Gor, page 383

    "On the chest was a bloody triangle, the “delka,”. That is the fourth letter in the Gorean alphabet, and formed identically to the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet, the ‘delta’, to which letter it doubtless owes its origin."
    Magicians of Gor, page 176

    "The brand was the common Kajira mark of Gor, the first letter, about an inch and a half in height and a half inch in width, in cursive script, of the expression ‘Kajira’, which is the most common expression in Gorean for a female slave. It is a simple mark, and rather floral, a staff, with two, upturned, frond-like curls, joined where they touch, the staff on its right. It bears a distant resemblance to the printed letter ‘K’ in several of the Western alphabets of Earth, and I suspect, in spite of several differences, it may owe its origin to that letter. The Gorean alphabet has twenty-eight characters, all of which, I suspect, owe their origin to one or another of the alphabets of Earth. Several show a clear-cut resemblance to Greek letters, for example. ‘Sidge’, on the other hand, could be cuneiform, and ‘Tun’ and ‘Val’ are probably calligraphically drifted from demotic. At least six letters suggest influence by the classical Roman alphabet, and seven do, if we count ‘Kef’, the first letter in ‘Kajira’. ‘Shu’ is represented by a sign which seems clearly oriental in origin and ‘Homan’, I speculate, may derive from Cretan. Many Gorean letters have a variety of pronunciations, depending on their linguistic context."
    Explorers of Gor, page 9

    I wish you well,

    Yahto

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