An Phar Language
The An Phar have their own language, and is simply referred to as An Phar. Untranslatable words tend to be culturally specific, such as their titles for social status rank (although usually the term can be described).
An Phar (singular: Phar) have a complex naming convention which, in addition to personal and family names, takes into account such factors as social status, marital status, age and progeny. A Phar’s full, formal name consists of 5 to 7 short words.
The first word in a Phar name indicates status. An Phar society includes status levels 0 through 7, with a different indicator for each. These indicators are, in ascending order; Ka, Dir, Gom, Lai, Nam, Bra, Cho, Da-Cho. The Da-Cho is the chief executive of the race, appointed by an assembly of all available Cho. There is only one at a time. There are two special status indicators: Mi, used for children, and Pe, roughly translated as “respected elder” and indicating a Phar who has retired. All Mi and Pe An Phar are theoretically equal, though in practice the Pe retains the status he held at retirement and the Mi holds a status two levels below his highest-status parent.
The second indicator indicates sex. Males are No, females are Ro.
Third is the family name, always of one syllable. The parents alternate passing their family names on to progeny. The higher-status parent goes first, when there’s a difference; otherwise the first child’s family is determined by whose parent’s family is more important, according to complex rules of precedence.
Fourth is the individual’s personal name. This is often two syllables but may be only one. Phar family and personal names are random syllables, with no meaning in the An Phar native tongue.
Next is an indicator of marital status. Lo signifies the individual remains unmated, Lom means they are mated but childless, and Los signifies a parent. Mi-Phar do not yet possess this character; Pe-Phar always take Los, regardless of actual marital status or progeny (Pe-Phar are considered to be parents to everybody). A widowed or (rarely) separated Phar retains the applicable married indicator.
The final character is always the word Phar, used as an honorific.
Some Phar names: the current Da-Cho, Ard of the Brom family, is Da-Cho-No Brom Ard-Los Phar. His little grandson Derra is Mi-No Brom Derra Phar. An adventuring Phar might be unmarried, with a little bit of status indicating her (presumably) advanced education — she might be named Dir-Ro Cam lrda-Lo Phar. An elderly Phar spinster might be named Pe-Ro Kru Kar-man-Los Phar.
Full Phar names are generally only used for official records and very formal occasions. The adventurer Phar above would be known socially as Irda, or more formally Irda-Phar. The human form Miss Irda-Phar is both redundant and incorrect, but would normally be tolerated as a well-meant gesture.
Non-An Phar individuals who live among and contribute to an An Phar community may be asked to officially join the Phar race; at that time, they are given a Phar name. This is considered a high honor for the non-An Phar. The highest-status non-An Phar in An Phar society is a human named Marion Jacobs , the leader of a prosperous Human An Phar colony world. Jacobs was granted the Status of Cho and the Phar name Cho-No Cob Mari-Los Phar.