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Soaran is the native language of a culture located within the Yibouh Empire call the Soa, meaning "the people", in the steppes of the provinces of Jeneik, Eirdred and the territory of Benge, with the vast majority of the tribes located in Eirdred Province. It is culturally distinct from both the Yibouhese and the Eirdred. The cultural is a quazi-nomadic society relying heavily on animal husbandry and mining of gems and precious metals in their infertile environment, and trade with more hospitable climes. Due to the isolation of the steppes, the Soa have been able to remain fairly autonomous and meet cultural exchange on their terms through their trading caravans. Due to the lack of interest from either Yibouh or Eirdred to colonize or explore the area, many place names have retained their Soaran roots including the Chauchàr (The Lonely Desert), É'ora Swō (Runner's Cross - a mountain pass) and Soasòr Rhux (Tables of the Gods - the buttes surrounding the steppes), although the latter is falling out of favor for the Eirdred place name of Maelt Tau’chuik (God's Demons' Explosive Might)
Sóa'ràu is usually refered to by outsiders as the "opened mouth tongue" as there does not exist any bilabial or labio-dental sounds. Yibouhese scholars hypothesize that this is at least in part due to the harsh winds and sandstorms that frequent the area and the head scarves used to protect against them, as being impediments to strong consonant alliterations. This is just a hypothesis however, and is well contested.
Grammar is a very simplistic SVO structure with more complex words often being fashioned out of double alliterations of simpler words. For example, the word "chau" means death. Doubling that sound, which is often noted with an ending sound of "r", turns it into cháuchar, which is a verb for "to become lonely" or cháuchàr which means "lonliness". Verbs do not conjugate, but nouns do, to indicate the temporal state of the subject, and object respectively. Subject and object conjucations may potentially not agree, particularly if describing an action that was done fully by a subject that continues to impact the object.
Soaran is a lightly tonal language. There are three tones, rising, high and falling. Tones are used to indicate the function of words. A single syllable word is usually a noun in high tone. A verb is a an up tone. In the case of a compund word, such as Sóa'ràu (language of the Soa) the first syllable becomes rising or stays high, the last stays high or falls. Usually a two syllable compound is a rising falling combination. Many exceptions exist, although a rising-high is only attributed with a verb while a high-falling is only attributed with a noun [usually a proper noun]), adjectives are made by turning a noun (up-down or high-down) into high-high, advs are made by taking a verb (up-high or up-down) and making it high-high (that is, there is no distinction between adverbs and adjectives, excepting that they preceed either a verb or a noun)
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