The system of orthography employed on this website uses standard English punctuation, however it should not be thought that Zurvár has exact analogs for such entities as full stops, exclamation marks or commas. This page gives a run down of the most common punctuation marks in Zurvár, and how they are rendered in the English Orthography.
Ze'rábas, Konte and Kontedùtá
The two most commonly used punctuation marks in Zurvár are the
ze'rábas and the
konte, which are analogous to the English full stop (period) and comma. The
ze'rábas ("word end") is used to indicate the end of one sentence and the start of another. It should be noted that when there is no following sentence, such as at the end of a paragraph,
ze'rábas is not used. The words merely end without punctuation.
konte ("pause") is used to indicate a break or pause with a sentence. It is generally correct to add a
konte to the start and end of each sentence fragment, even when this would be incorrect in English.
Konte is not used to separate items in a list. List items are spaced by either the conjunction
man ("and") or the abbreviation
mn, which is often skipped when reading aloud. Finally
konte is also used in the same fashion as the English "double quotes" when indicating quoted speech.
There is one additional punctuation mark, the
kontedùtá or "hard pause". This is sort of "half-way" between the
konte, and is used to insert one sentence into the middle of another, somewhat analagous to the English colon or semi-colon, or parenthesis. Its use is comparitively rare however.
deñè ("break") is used to indicate that a
voldránì (vowel) doesn't combine with a following
pereþ (consonant) in such words as
ze'rá. Occasionaly it is also used to separate a
pereþ from a following
pereþ. It is rendered as an apostrophe in the English orthography.
Ze'ráná and Kwestyonmárk
ze'ráná ("word imperative") is an almost direct analogue for the English exclamation mark or exclamation point. It indicates that the proceeding statement is an exclamation, an imperative or otherwise emphasised. It does not however double as a full stop or period as the exclamation mark does - the
ze'rábas should still be used to end a sentence after the
kwestyonmárk is a relatively recent invention, created due to increasing exposure to European languages. Questions in Zurvár are readily identifiable as they invariably start with a "question word" (
delòm, etc), however for those unfamilar with the language it can be tricky to pick this out. The
kwestyonmárk was created to act as an aid for those using Zurvár as a second language, and operates identically to the English question mark (after which it is named), although as with the
ze'ráná it is not sufficient to end a sentence by itself.
The following example shows typical use of the
In the English orthography it would be rendered...
Pelben "kert! dò anatnà. Dò rîdìazurn mal dò sà holvetlá tát!" pevlinèak.*
A line from the Zurvár folk tale
L¨nß Kalaz or The Serpent's Thanks - "No!" Replied the mouse "You are my enemy! If you were free you would certainly eat me!"
Còakþal and Ç˛akazadat
The standard currency of Zurvár Arèáná, established by the Konsâtèum in ST0071 is the
còakþal, usually translated as "molydollar". Each molydollar is worth roughly two US dollars and breaks down into 50
ç˛akazadat or "molycents". The currency is in the form of round (1m¢, 2m¢, 5m¢ and 10m¢) and square (20m¢, 25m¢, M$ 1 and M$ 2) molybdenum alloy coins, and plastic polymer notes (M$ 5, M$ 10, M$ 25, M$ 50, M$ 125, M$ 625 and M$ 3125). The molydollar symbol is derived from a combination of the
þá, the molycent symbol is a diminutive form. Both were created by Konsâtèum designers prior to the issue of the currency.
còakþal is derived from
còak "unit of currency" and
Ç˛akazadat is derived from
gaz "coin" and