The Language of Berlean


ပဥ ယိုပငာဂ ဝီရ ယာရေုဇ မီခုာဇပာဂ မဧ ရီငုင ခိဥ မတု၊
ငီခ စြုငုာဂ မီဂဥ မီခ ဝေီရုမထ အိရ ဝေီငိယ။


The Berlean language (Berlean: ပုရီငငာဂ; Romanization: Brliennag; IPA: [bɚ.ˈljen̪.n̪ɑːɢ]) is a language isolate spoken on Berlean Island (Berlean: ပုရီင ငီရဂဥ; Romanization: Brlien Nielgr; Chinese: 伯連島; Pinyin: Bólián Dǎo) where it is the official language and the language of the Mhar people, the region’s principal ethnic group. It is a stress-timed, largely analytic language with primarily subject-verb-object word order. It is written with the Berlean alphabet, a variant of the Burmese alphabet. Due to language contact, aspects of the grammar and vocabulary have been influenced by neighboring languages, primarily Mandarin Chinese and varieties of Southern Min.

Berlean Island, also known as Mharland (Berlean: မေုာငီဂ; Romanization: Mharnieg; Chinese: 瑪國; Pinyin: Mǎguó), is a disputed island nation.¹ It is located in the South China Sea with a population of approximately 9 million. The capital and largest city, Nieldaf (Berlean: ငီရဒာယ, IPA: [ɲjel̪.l̪af]), is located in the south.

Traditional Mhar culture is largely defined by the practices of their ethnic religion, Leanism, including reverence of radial symmetry in nature (i.e. jellyfish, mushrooms). Contemporary Mhar culture is further characterized by a socio-political revolution that took place in the 20th century known as the “Epistemic Revolution.”

Above: Map of Berlean Island (Mharland) and location of the city center of Nieldaf

1 In real life, this is Hainan, a province under PRC control.