An Introduction to the Velorian Language
Dedicated to the memory
of the ill-fated Woodruff Expedition - 2014
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This ancient piece of literature from what some people have incorrectly come to call the Velorian Kama Sutra, the Matra Zar, is the basis for our present day understanding of this melodious and sensual language. Our understanding and appreciation for the structure of the Velorian language grows daily as new translations appear.
Most of what we now know about Velorian language also has its roots in the writings of a Velorian scribe, Shar'na Veloor (Sharon of Velor), here on Earth, during the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Working in secret, she recorded the lives and adventures of Velorian Protectors that actually lived among us. If it were not for the arduous work of this meticulous scribe, we would not have any knowledge at all of this wonderful language.
As an introduction to the wonders of Velorian, lets read the first two lines of the Matra Zar passage, first in English, then in the original Velorian.
The pronunciation is difficult until one remembers the ever-present apostrophization. The pronunciation must flow from word to word seamlessly, the apostrophes only allowing skips from sound to sound - like an ancient vinyl recording used to skip. The result is an almost Scandinavian sound, yet its all distinctly Velorian. In fact, its difficult for the speaker new to the language to keep from lapsing into a decidedly Swedish sounding accent! If one were to hear a Velorian speak English, however, the accent sounds particularly French with a hint of Russian - rather unique.
There are also words that sound very close to many Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, and German words, yet all with markedly different meanings from their Earthly counterparts. In fact, Dr. E. J. Munson had insights into the reason that the Velorian language seemed to have similarities with Northern European languages. The transcript of the only surviving recorded fragment of Dr. Munsons CalTech lectures is included in Appendix A.
Sentence construction is very similar to English, yet there are times when an apostrophed prefix becomes an apostrophed suffix. There are exceptions to rules in every known language and Velorian is certainly no different.
But above all, it is very important to enunciate Velorian clearly. There are words that have completely different meanings if mispronounced.
Below are a sampling of simple English
words and their Velorian translated counterparts. A more complete
listing of words and phrases appear later, in Part
A brief explanation of the word Veloor is required here since it is rather obvious that the same Velorian word is used for both Velorian and Velor.
In the Velorian culture, if you are Velorian, then you are literally a part of the homeworld. There is no distinction between Velor, the planet, and being Velorian. Therefore, to be Velorian is to be of Velor, which is a phrase equivalent to the Velorian.
In addition, it is important to note that the word Veloor always stands alone. No apostrophed prefix or suffix can ever be attached to the name of the homeworld. In a sentence that speaks of Velor., the apostrophed a is attached to the preceding word as a suffix. For example, the skies of Velor. is indcusa Veloor. To apostrophe the name of the homeworld is to demean it, something any Velorian will take exception to in no uncertain terms!
When a full sentence is spoken, the Velorians tend to briefly hold the final spoken sound, sometimes letting it trail off like a note sustained on a musical instrument. Especially when making a point. This sometimes gives the sound of Velorian conversation a very melodic, sometimes sensual, nature. In fact, Velorian speech during lovemaking can be both very soothing and remarkably stimulating. The Matra Zar is actually a celebration of that capability of the language.
NOTE: It is a misnomer to refer to the Matra Zar as the Velorian Kama Sutra since it does not describe sexual techniques and methodologies. The Matra Zar was spoken during lovemaking to enhance the experience, each stanza used progressively during foreplay and through the final orgasm. It is particularly interesting that, once begun, the Matra Zar should be said in its entirety - 1,467 stanzas, spoken at a moderate pace would result in over 4 days of continual sexual intercourse! Velorian legend speaks in detail of the Ancient Ones and their engineered concubines as having been the only beings ever to complete the Matra Zar. Velorian couples today have their favorite passages and wisely have reduced their enjoyment to only those.
1.> The Velorians referred to their ancient gods collectively as Them, capitalized appropriately as God would be to god. The Velorian word for them is skietra, so the term for their gods evolved into Skietra. It is important to remember that not all Velorians hold the same beliefs and many do not utilize this otherwise common phrase. Also note that the -tra in the word rolls a bit, sounding almost like an East Indian Hindi word.
2.> The phrase Dont stop! is a Terran-preferred translation. The literal translation of Nai nimis! is actually No stop!
3.> An interesting twist of cultures is that Velorians have a much different view of the concepts associated with the word "fuck". The translation shown in the table is a literal translation of the idea of fornication. Velorians do not have a crude term to express that concept and consider fornication to be one of life's true pleasures. If a Terran were to say "Fuck you" to a Velorian, it would be received by the Velorian in the same way a Terran would accept the term "Best wishes". But, be forewarned, that would only be the case if the Velorian was not well aquainted with the social mores of Terrans.
....and it's rather apparent that all Homo-Supremis language is related, born of common parentage. It is my contention that even our own Nordic languages are of the same lineage, although the relationship is quite vague. The pronunciations are very similar. Let me review the three major Homo-Supremis forms.
Geheimite society has so completely withdrawn into itself, that the study and understanding of their culture is nearly non-existent. The famous Woodruff expedition, in 2014, that ended so disastrously for all involved, closed any remaining contact between us and the Geheimite High Order.
The penchant of the Geheimites seems to be to apostrophize most everything, which makes their pronunciation the most difficult. The Geheim language is rich and expressive, but yet it is most interesting that there are 157 different variations of words meaning "secret". At least, that is all we know of today.
The Velorians, on the other hand, have an almost melodic language, while continuing the use of the apostrophe - a particular trait among Supremis languages. However, Velorian can be a very subtle language. Differences in pronunciation of the same word can yield very different meanings. For example, one word, if said in one fashion, means "protector", but if said slightly different can mean "concubine". We don't know enough about the subtleties of the language to understand relationships such as these, if in fact any exist. But it is an important point to remember when conversing with a Velorian. <sounds of laughter, unknown person clears throat>
Many words of common courtesy in the Arion language have suffered from centuries of disuse or have had their meanings altered to fit more within the Arion culture of conquest. For example, there is no word for "peace" on Aria. The closest equivalent means only "a lack of war", and is considered derogatory. Their preferred method of communication being short, abrupt commands, there is little interest in developing the language beyond where it is today. But, what I have described may have it's exceptions among some of the more "blue-collar" Arions, known as ......Betas, I believe......Dr. Crowley, yes? Yes, Betas, thank you. We have had reports that, while they talk very little to those outside their immediate group, among themselves they have a vibrant language, not too unlike the Velorian dialect.
But let me get to the heart of my theories and say what you've all come here tonight to hear. I believe, and have incontrovertible proof, that each of the Home-Supremis are in fact......