The Dryadic languages are a collection of languages spoken by the Dryads, the native humanoid inhabitants of Planet Eunomia. Unlike Earth, there are no animals on Eunomia; rather, evolution within the Eukaryotic domain developed solely into Fungi, Plantae, and other non-animal, eukaryotic groups. A group of plants later branched off to form what is known as the “animaplants,” a division of animate plants that fill the ecological niches generally attributed to animals on Earth. Dryads (Dryas sapiens) are a species of animaplant, and are the only known Eunomic organisms with human-like intelligence.
The biology of dryads, unlike humans, makes it very difficult for them to live outside of specific environments even with the aid of tools and technologies. For this reason, the dryadic domain and the diversity among dryads are not as grand as they are for humans on Earth. Furthermore, the average lifespan of dryads are much longer than the average human lifespan contributing to slower cultural and linguistic changes among their groups.
The following attempts to present the Classical Dryadic language as well as an overview of Dryadic evolution, biology, and civilization. The Classical Dryadic language, also called “Classic Seliath,” was the primary language spoken throughout the Seliath Empire, the only Empire to conquer the entire domain of the dryads. It is still used by many dryadic groups as a lingua franca and as a standardized form of writing.
The grammar of the Classical Dryadic language, as well as Dryadic languages in general, is very different from that of human languages. Dryadic sentence structure functions more like a tree with roots, a stem, and leaves. Three primary parts of speech exist: functional roots, semantic stems, and particles or ‘leaves’. Functional roots are the closest things to verbs that exist in Dryadic languages; they have an argument structure but are almost entirely void of semantic content. Semantic stems are the equivalent of nouns and generally inflect in agreement to the functional root that binds them into one syntactic constituent. The particles or ‘leaves’ are similar to function words except they lack an argument structure, are unbound to the semantic stem, and never inflect; they are usually used to mark the end of a sentence.