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Gallo-Brythonic Lepontic Goidelic Celtiberian



Old Irish


Arvorec is a language of the Gallo-Brythonic branch of the Celtic family, spoken natively in the Armorican Isles by around 130,000 people and in several overseas expatriate communities, particularly in Brittany, Kemr and Louisianne.

Arvorec is a direct descendant of fourth century Aremorican Gaulish, from which almost 80% of the language's vocabulary is derived, either through native inheritance or via reborrowing of ancient Gaulish words (such as cerda "work collective"). The first written records in a distinguishably "Arvorec" form of the language date to the seventh century.

Currently, the language is regulated by the Cadh an Yêth, a subsection of the Isles' bardic college. During the eighteenth century, a group of Armorican literati bemoaned the increasing use of loan-words in the language and set upon a policy of re-Celticising the language, proposing neologisms based on native roots or reborrowing from Gaulish to replace many of the Romance loans. The changes were largely adopted by the public, with only the domain of Christianity remaining largely unaffected.

Still today the preservation of the native language is taken seriously by the Arvorchedeth, rather than borrow foreign words for new concepts, new words are diligently created for public use from native sources (for example the Arvorec word for "computer" is rêvyth, from rêf "number" and the suffix -yth, denoting a tool.

Arvorec shares with its parent Gaulish the status of an official language of the Armorican Isles. While both are technically fully equal, Arvorec is the daily language of government, and laws are drafted in Arvorec. However, all laws are translated into Gaulish and the Isles' constitution is written in both Gaulish and Arvorec (with the Gaulish version taking precedence in Arvorec jurisprudence).

There are four major dialects spoken within the Isles themselves: Ceyserec on Ceyser, Saernec on Saern and Gosaera, Rydonec on Rydon and Serchec on Serch. It is said that Serchec is the most archaic and the closest to the formal literary standard and that Rydonec is the most innovative, having borrowed many features from the Normand dialect of the nearby Cotentin peninsula.

100-Word Swadesh List

I you we this that who? what? no all a lot
my ty ny homma honna pwy? pa beth? na pawb lwydh
[mi] [ti] [ni] [hom'ma] [hon'na] [pwi] [p@'beT] [na] [paub] [lujD]
one two big long small human man woman fish bird
wn daw mawr hŷr bych denyth dyn bean pysc adaeryn
[u:n] [d@u] [m@ur] [hi:r] [bix] ['deniT] [din] [b&an] [pisk] [a'd@irin]
dog louse tree seed leaf root (tree-)bark skin meat blood
cy low tanen had delen gwrêth rosc crochen cych crw
[ki] [lO:] ['tanen] [had] ['delen] [g_wre:T] [rosk] ['kroxen] [kix] [kru:]
bone (body-)fat egg head horn tail feather hair ear eye
cneyf tew aw pen carn lâs edaf golth clws lagad
[kneif] [teu] [@u] [pen] [karn] [la:s] ['edaf] [golT] [klu:s] ['lagad]
nose mouth tooth tongue (finger-)nail leg knee hand stomach neck
trwyn gen dant tavod tarenc câs glŷn law târ menygel
[trujn] [gen] [dan] ['tavod] ['tareNk] [ka:s] [gli:n] [l@u] [ta:r] ['menigel]
breast heart liver to drink to eat to bite to see to hear to know to sleep
wth craeth avw yfed debry tava gweled clywed gwydha hýny
[u:T] [kr@iT] ['avu:] ['ifed] ['debri] ['tava] ['g_weled] ['kliwed] [g_wujDa] ['h1ni]
to die to kill to swim to fly to go to come to lie (down) to sit to stand to give
merwy ladhon naedhy naedya myned dyvyned cyvydha hedhed savael rodhy
['merwi] ['laDon] ['n@iDi] ['n@idja] ['mined] [di'vined] [ki'viDa] ['heDed] [sa'v@il] ['roDi]
to say sun moon star water rain stone sand earth cloud
heby hawl lôr seren dwr glaw carrec aeryn talaf nwyl
['hebi] [h@ul] [lo:r] ['seren] [du:r] [gl@u] ['karek] ['@irin] ['talaf] [nujl]
smoke fire ash to burn road mountain red green yellow white
mŷch tan lwdw lescy camyn myneth rwth glas beth gwyn
[mi:x] [tan] ['lu:du:] ['leski] ['kamin] ['mineT] [ru:T] [glas] [beT] [g_win]
black night hot cold full new good round dry name
du nos twym ôr lawn newyth da cylchec tarth anw
[du] [nos] [trujm] [o:r] [l@un] ['newiT] [da] ['kilxik] [tarT] [anu:]