Haridic language

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Haridic
RegionRoquto, Central Boroso
EthnicityHarids
Language family
Mherdic
  • unclassified
    • Haridic
Early forms:
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The Haridic language (Haralic: Oxarid; Hereed: Wibitikokorwio) is a proposed and hypothesised member of the Mherdic language family that was spoken on the Roquto peninsula until c. 100AD, that does not belong to any of the previously known branches of the family. It is unknown whether it would have been a monophyletic branch or if it was part of a group of languages of close relation. Haridic is unattested save for a number of undeciphered personal names in the contemporaneous writings of Boorian scholars.

Evidence for the Haridic language is the indeterminate etymology of many words in the Corelian Hereed language (extinct after c. 600AD), that cannot comfortably be derived from Proto-Corelian, but that are nevertheless most likely Mherdic. These words have a tendency to decline in a relatively regular manner, compared to large parts of Hereed's presumed native lexicon, generating words that don't conform to typical Hereed syllable structure, further hinting at the possibility that they are loans. Furthermore, several personal names in Hereed also appear to be of the same origin.

While it is unknown whether Haridic was definitively either a substrate or superstrate language to Hereed in practice, Boorian historical records note that the Hereeds were under Haridic reign for a substantial period of time, leading to the assumption that Haridic was a superstrate for Hereed. The opposite had been assumed up until the 1950's, as the Haridic language went extinct much earlier than Hereed, but this sequence has recently been posited to be more likely due to Upper Borosan expansion into the Roquto peninsula.

Examples of some words in Hereed that are thought to be of Haridic origin are listed below, in comparison to their counterparts in other Corelian languages.

English Hereed Haralic Pelsic Salbür
day ngar gowž gowxš guxuž
speak v pokišil pug bog box
behind biti- okato ongzo ogzo
before hiti- ow* ojb ojb
dead dakilazi gewt gurd guwad
for ro- xir hir hir
old daduwan ped pej paj
three mota mud mon mod
four nakiš nug no no

* Now defunct, only remains in older compounds.

In the example below are first the declensions of three nouns presumably loaned from Haridic, and then three native nouns.

English SG PL SG ACC PL ACC
day ngar ngargu mingar mingargu
king oña oñagu moña moñagu
tree miwa miwagu mimiwa mimiwagu
fish luap lubugu mluap mlubugu
daughter nud nugu unud unugu
tooth möto mödugu wimöto wimödugu

Additionally, there are several prefixes present in Hereed to indicate relations in space, time, or semantics that do not appear to derive from Proto-Corelian, and these too are presumed to have been loaned from Haridic, as they break the convention of all other Corelian languages of using postpositions for the same purpose.

Name

The common name "Haridic" is derived from Haralic Xarid, which it likely loaned from early Hereed. The Haralic name was transferred into Boorian as Ghoarid and found its way into Thaaft as Foreey, and Fáknir as Huris. An endonym for the Haridic language or its speakers has not been uncovered.

In Hereed, the Haridic language is called Wibitikokorwio, translating to "Northerners' language".