Narbonosc

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Narbonosc or Narbonese in English is the lingua franca of southern France, and many languages in the area are considered dialects of Narbonese. While it is the common language, the Gaulhosc are a very proud people, thinking not of Narbonese as their maternal tongue, but first their local dialect and then Narbonese.

To the casual traveller in France there may be a temptation to call the language of the south "Gaulhosc". This term does not represent a language, but rather the ethnicity of the sothern population of France.

Most speakers of Narbonese would tell you that they learned to speak it only to speak with the world at large, to write up their taxes and bills but otherwise they speak their dialect at home, be it Auvergnat, Gascon, Limousin, or any of the Langues d'Oua. To them, their dialects are just as "Gaulhosc" as Narbonese.

Even before its "official" existence, the Narbonese was the lingua franca, due in large part to the cultural influence of Narbonne in the past. From this region a number of poets and troubadours gained widespread fame, making Narbonese a desirable language to learn. In opposition to Francien, however, Narbonese did not supplant the local languages, but served as a means for commerce.

In respect of the local dialects it is for these reason that Narbonese is so named, in deference to the local languages, reminding that it is a lingua franca, and perhaps with a special place in the community, but equal to the others.


A description of the language on the Conlang list:

  • Part I - pronunciation, liaison, articles, nouns
  • Part II - adjectives, adverbs
  • Part III - pronouns (1st part)
  • Part IV - pronouns (2nd part)
  • Part V - verbs
  • Part VI - irregular verbs, negations, days, months
  • Part VII - "man" and "woman", numbers
  • Part VIII - more verb paradigms, prepositions
  • Part IX - conjunctions, indefinite objects in negative clauses
  • Proposal - in which Narbonosc is fitted into Ill Bethisad
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