Pravic is a language from the science fiction novel The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin. The language is spoken by the human inhabitants of the Moon Anarres, which forms a twin planet system with the planet Urras. A twin planet system happens where two worlds of roughly equal size orbit each other, and the scientific definition of a twin planet system is that the centre of orbit lies outside the masses of both bodies. The Earth and Moon do not form a twin planet system because the centre of orbit is about 1,000 km below the surface of the Earth; but Pluto and Charon do form a twin-
Pravic is spoken universally across the planet/moon Anarres. It is a created language, formalised by an early settler, Farigv (all Annaresti names are single, short words of two or three syllables, allocated by a computer at birth; the early settlers all adopted two-
Because Pravic has developed for six generations with little or no outside influence, it is a distinctive language in many ways. Le Guin does not list these differences in detail; but she does emphasise the difficulty of asserting ownership in Pravic, the absence of possessive pronouns, and the lack of transactional language. While Pravic is, like all languages, a tool for negotiation to meaning, Le Guin does not intend that it lends itself easily to contractual forms of negotiation.
For more on the culture of Anarres and the language Pravic, read The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin. It was first published in 1974, and was recently re-
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Goweprus vaGogeksy Tyre aPag
Speech is sharing -
You're not sharing,
Speech is for-
Fesh Pone gruBoth, gruthaTRuv.
aTRum gruPone miBoth,
aTRum gruPone STeku aKSotrekv.
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