K'kree Language

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This language is primarily used by the K'kree race throughout the Two Thousand Worlds. It is also known as !Kee.

  • It is a supercentral language.

All K'kree share a common language and culture, highly conservative and tradition-bound. The language is characteristic of the society it reflects — old, slow to change, and highly complex.


K'kree is an agglutinative language, where simple words are built together using suffixes or prefixes to create more complex ideas. The difference between nouns, adjectives, and adverbs are done through pronunciation, or when written, through symbology.

The K'kree language has no word order requirements, the agglutinative language add indicators of which nouns and verbs go together. Because of this, K'kree usually have words ordered in a manner which sounds best to the situation. For a calm discussion, words are ordered to sound more like the wind, whereas for a tense situation or one involving danger, words are ordered to produce more discordant sounds.

Written K'kree language: The K'kree written script is ideographic language, consisting of pictures. Like the spoken language, a number of base ideograms are combined to create more complex ideas. These ideograms were derived from much older hieroglyphs, becoming more stylized over time. Because of these changes, the original design of the hieroglyphs (and hence their meaning) has been lost, the ideograms are learned by rote.


Because of certain physiological differences, humans are not capable of reproducing K'kree pronunciation exactly. As is noted, most sounds are more or less as in Anglic. ' indicates a glottal stop, while ! indicates a clicking sound, and !! a complex double click. ! is best simulated by clicking the tip of the tongue against the roof of the mouth, just behind the teeth. !! is approximated by clicking the back of the tongue against the soft palate.

The K'kree language has a smaller number of phonemes (word sounds) than Galanglic, but the K'kree supplement it with other sounds including sneezes, grunts, teeth grinding, belching and a number of smells. Each of these additional sounds or smells indicates emphasis or negation of one part of the word or sentence being spoken.


See !Kee Dictionary

Historical linguistics[edit]

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Worlds & Sectors (Astrography)[edit]

This language is primarily in use in the following areas:

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