The Language of Berlean
ဂါငဂဥ ဝီရ ယာရှဇဥ မဧ ခောစဧု ငတ ရီငင ကဝု၊
စဧ ငါကဥ ဝီရ ဝီဂဇဧ မဧ ဖြာခ ငတ စေီဂဧ မြတု။
Garngr yel falhrz mie karsir na lirnrn khur,
sie nagh yel yegzie mie plak na sirgie mlar.
“Language is the way to connect every heart,
and the tongue is its key to open many worlds.”
The Berlean language (Berlean: ပရီငငါကဥ; Romanization: Brliennagh; IPA: [bɚljen̪n̪ɑχ]) is a Tibeto-Burman language spoken on Berlean Island (Berlean: ပရီင ဂြီမဥ; Romanization: Brlien Glirmr; Chinese: 玻漣島; Pinyin: Bōlián Dǎo), also known as Gleam Island (Berlean: ဂြီမဒါရ; Romanization: Gliemdal; Chinese: 瓊島; Pinyin: Qióng Dǎo), where it is the official language and the language of the Mhar people, the region’s principal ethnic group. It is a largely analytic language with primarily head-initial 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: မှောငီကဥ; Romanization: Mharniegh; 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, Mlhrniep (Berlean: မြှငီဖ, IPA: [m̥l̥ɚnjeʔ͡p]), 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.