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Serra Language
Serran SSerran ESerran RSerran RSerran A  Serran LSerran ASerran NSerran GSerran ASerran NSerran A
Serră Langană
Spoken in Flag of Brazoria Brazoria
Modern Burgundy (Pax Columbia)-1- Columbia
Flag of Sierra Sierra
Flag of the United States United States
Date created 20th century
Region Western North America
Native speakers 15,000,000~  (2014)
Language family
Language isolate
  • Serra Language
Writing system Latin alphabet, Serran alphabet
Official status
Recognised minority language in Flag of Sierra Sierra
Flag of the United States United States
Regulated by International Order of the Serran Language
Language codes
ISO 639-3 sb

Serran (Serran: Serran SSerran ESerran RSerran RSerran A  Serran LSerran ASerran NSerran GSerran ASerran NSerran A; Romanized: Serră Langană) is a constructed language spoken primarily in Brazoria, Columbia, Sierra, and the United States. It is the official liturgical language of the Canaanite faith. Approximately 15 million speak Serran worldwide, with 95% of the speakers living within North America. It was created in 1867 by social progressives seeking to overcome language barriers and unite racial differences by replacing English. The hope would be the creation of a purely Sierran-borne language (hence the name, Serră Langană) which literally translates into "Sierran Language") to complement Sierra's new culture. It would later be adopted by Canaanites in 1910 seeking to pursue a similar goal of bringing down barriers and centering around a new, unique culture.

The goals of the original Serran proponents have never been realized as most Sierrans found it unnecessary in learning a new language and claimed that it would be confusing to both natives and foreigners. However, Serran's usage in Canaanism has flourished with its use pervasive in both worship services and the Canaanite secular culture. In Sierra, the language has been preserved to the present-day and is taught in most higher education classes. Revived proposals to promote the use and study of the Serran language as a secular working language have appeared and was made an official language by Parliament in 2011.

Being a constructed language, it is an isolated language in its own right. Today, the International Order of the Serran Language is the official governing body which oversees the use of the language and is based in Porciúncula.

History

Linguistic properties

Alphabet

There are 33 letters in the Serran language (26 "standard" and 7 "special" characters) which are based on no particular script. There are no minuscule counterparts to the letters in Sierran script. The Romanized form of the Serran alphabet, however, features minuscule forms and additional letters to the traditional 26. Aside from the Roman letters, there are several diacritics including Á and Ê which are used to denote stress on the particular vowel or syllable. However, Serran is a non-tonal language with rare instances of letters deviating from their "normal" sound on the alphabet with certain words or letter-combinations. The alphabet system has however, been manipulated and experimented in a way that thousands of new phonemes previously nonexistent in Serran to arise.

Standard Characters
Aa
/ə/, /eɪ/, /æ/
Serran A
Bb
/b/, /ɓ/
Serran B
Cc
/ɕ/, /c/
Serran C
Dd
/d/
Serran D
Ee
/ɛ/
Serran E
Ff
/f/
Serran F
Gg
/g/
Serran G
Hh
/h/
Serran H
Ii
/i/
Serran I
Jj
/dʒ/
Serran J
Kk
/k/
Serran K
Ll
/l/
Serran L
Mm
/m/
Serran M
Nn
/n/, /ŋ/
Serran N
Oo
/oʊ/, /aʊ/
Serran O
Pp
/p/
Serran P
Qq
/q/
Serran Q
Rr
/r/
Serran R
Ss
/s/
Serran S
Tt
/t/
Serran T
Uu
/u/
Serran U
Vv
/v/
Serran V
Ww
/w/
Serran W
Xx
/tʃ/
Serran X
Yy
/ʎ/
Serran Y
Zz
/z/
Serran Z

The standard characters are the original 26 letters created to supplement the reading and writing of the Serran language in a unique form of script. Most letters correspond roughly to their English counterparts in terms of pronunciation although there are some exceptions. In addition, the Serran alphabet is organized by letters and sound identically to that of Latin script.

Special Characters
Ââ
/eɪ/
Serran Â
Ăă
/æ/
Serran Ă
Ƃƃ
/ɓ/
Serran Ƃ
Çç
/c/
Serran Ç
Ññ
/ŋ/
Serran N (with tilde)
Øø
/aʊ/
Serran Ø
ẞß
/ʃ/
Serran ẞ

The special characters are 7 letters (both in Serran and the Romanized form) that were officially amended to the Serran alphabet to differentiate the specific sounds of the letters A (Serran A), B (Serran B), C (Serran C), N (Serran N), O (Serran O), and S (Serran S). The usage of the special characters are, however, purely cosmetic and can be interchanged with its standard counterpart. The aim of the special characters were to give clarity to learners as well as provide context to words placed in indiscernible situations or awkward syntax.

Phonology

Consonants

Consonant phonemes of Serran
Bilabial Labio-
dental
Dental Alveolar Post-
alveolar
Palatal Velar Glottal
plain pala. plain pala. plain pala. plain pala. plain pala. plain pala. plain pala.
Nasal m n ŋ
Stop p
b
t
d
k
ɡ
Affricate
Fricative f
v
θ
ð
s
z
ʃ
ʒ
ɕ x h
Approximant r j w
Lateral l
  • All of the consonants except approximants can be geminated.

Vowels

monophthongs
IPA Word Romanized Meaning
i Serran SSerran ISerran FSerran A Sifa Where
ɪ Serran JSerran ISerran DSerran KSerran A Jidka What
ɛ Serran ESerran SSerran ASerran LSerran I Esali Ground
æ Serran ASerran SSerran HSerran ASerran NSerran A Ăshana Kitchen
monophthongs
IPA Word Romanized Meaning
ɨ Serran MSerran ASerran LSerran E Malê Shadow
ə Serran VSerran ESerran NSerran ISerran DSerran A Venida Ocean
ɜr Serran LSerran ESerran R Ler Cruelty
ʌ Serran SSerran USerran USerran DSerran I Suudi Milk
monophthongs
IPA Word Romanized Meaning
u Serran NSerran USerran NSerran A Nu Girl
ʊ Serran MSerran OSerran ASerran NSerran A Moana Tree
ɔ Serran YSerran ASerran HSerran NSerran I Yahni Beautiful
a Serran HSerran OSerran SSerran SSerran T Ht Insurance
diphthongs
IPA Word Romanized Meaning
Serran PSerran RSerran ASerran SSerran A Prâsă Prussia
Serran SSerran OSerran TSerran A Sotai Soda
Serran BSerran ASerran ISerran SSerran KSerran I Baiski Sheep
Serran LSerran OSerran WSerran DSerran I Lowdi Rude
ɔɪ Serran CSerran HSerran OSerran I Choi Exceptional

Grammar

Serran is an inflected language with a two-gender noun system. Serran has two morphological tenses: the present and the past. References to the future can be achieved through modal auxiliary verbs with the present-tense verbs. Nouns and verbs are generally inflected based on gender, number, and seniority. Although Serran is considered predominantly right-branched (due to its verbs preceding direct objects), it features some left-branched features, mainly adjectives being placed before nouns. Prepositions are also present in the language and sentences are generally structured in subject–verb–object (SVO) order.

Like most Indo-European languages, of which Serran is structured after, Serran follows the rules and characteristics of accusative morphosyntactic alignment.

Example
Serran NSerran E Serran CSerran HSerran A Serran PSerran ASerran SSerran HSerran I Serran KSerran I Serran NSerran E Serran DSerran ASerran SSerran HSerran A Serran NSerran E Serran SSerran ESerran RSerran RSerran A Serran TSerran ASerran L Serran KSerran I Serran DSerran ASerran SSerran H Serran SSerran ESerran YSerran O Serran PSerran ASerran SSerran HSerran TSerran ASerran N Serran MSerran ASerran SSerran HSerran ASerran L
Ne chă pashi ki na Dashâ ki Serră tăl ne Dash seyo pashtân mashal
The great leader of the Kingdom of Sierra is the King who rules fairly
Det. Adj. Noun Prep. Det. Noun Prep. Noun Coupla Det. Noun Pronoun Verb Adv.

Nouns

Gender

Serran nouns are inflected based on gender, number, possession, and seniority. There are two main categories of nouns: proper nouns and common nouns, with the latter further divided into concrete and abstract nouns, and count and mass nouns.

Generally, nouns are inflected to reflect the gender of the subject or object it is referring to. Nouns themselves, typically have a conventional, "default" gender form. The grammatical rules on gender with nouns generally apply to adjectives to which are dependent on the nouns they are describing. Feminine words typically end with the suffix -a (Serran A) or -i (Serran I), while masculine words end with -o (Serran O) or -e (Serran E). The definite articles for feminine nouns are na (Serran NSerran A; the) and ita (Serran ISerran TSerran A; a) while the masculine versions are ne (Serran NSerran E) and ito (Serran ISerran TSerran O) respectively. Ambiguous and invariable nouns (i.e., those that do not end with either -a, -e, -i, or -o, are under most cases, treated as masculine nouns. The following examples assume the default seniority case or the case assumed when two people have a similar age, status, and relationship.

Serran NSerran E Serran NSerran USerran NSerran E Serran HSerran ASerran NSerran TSerran ASerran NSerran I Serran GSerran ASerran RSerran ASerran O
Ne nune hantâni garao
The girl ate fruit

All indirect objects, except for pronouns, must be inflected based on the subject or object it is related to regardless of its own default form. In this case, "nună" (Serran NSerran USerran NSerran A) or girl, a feminine noun, is modified to become masculine as "nune" (Serran NSerran USerran NSerran E) because "garao" (Serran GSerran ASerran RSerran ASerran O), is the direct object and is a masculine noun. Consequently, the definite article "na" (Serran NSerran A) becomes "ne" (Serran NSerran E).

Number
Masculine
Singular Romanized Plural Romanized Meaning
Serran GSerran ASerran RSerran ASerran O Garao Serran GSerran ASerran RSerran ASerran OSerran TSerran E Garaote Fruit/Fruits
Feminine
Singular Romanized Plural Romanized Meaning
Serran MSerran ASerran LSerran I Măli Serran MSerran ASerran LSerran ISerran TSerran A Mălita Dress/Dresses

Most count nouns can be inflected with for a plural number through the suffix -te/-to (Serran TSerran E/Serran TSerran O; masculine) or -ta/-ti (Serran TSerran A/Serran TSerran I; feminine).

Possession
Seniority

Vocabulary

Sample texts

Status and usage

See also

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