The first volume of entries into the Ferristian Interstellar Public Database will discuss, in order, the language, history, biology, culture, and territory of Ferristian citizens as it exists on 1st Z-tick, 1st Y-tick, 1st Local Radsecond. For the convenience of our cosmic neighbors, The Ferristian federal government has aligned this date with the first day of 1 ABT.
The Language of Domgwen
Domgwen was a digital language engineered during the first thousand years of Ferristian history. After initial confirmation of non-Ferristian life, it was adapted to allow species other than the cybernetically-modified Ferrisitian natives [Referred to as Amicem internally] to perceive it without needing to learn the sign language it originated from. Information on the signed variation is currently in private records but may be released into this database at a future date.
Verbal Domgwen can be written using the standard Terran alphabet [known as English in many communities]. Its phoneme inventory is as follows: a, e, o, u, m, b, f, t, d, ts, s, r, l, ch, tsh, sh, y, ng, k, g, h, and w. Deviations from English pronunciation include the following: e is pronounced as /ɪ/; u is pronounced as /ɯ/; tsh is pronounced as /cç/; sh is pronounced as /ç/. It should also be noted that unlike in English, the pronunciation of vowels does not change based on their location in a word or proximity to other letters.
Amicem will generally communicate in Digital Domgwen when speaking to and amongst one another. However, we understand that some individuals are uncomfortable with cybernetic or physical augmentations in general. Therefore, to encourage interspecies communication, we have updated Amic implants to immediately convert their ‘speech’ to Verbal Domgwen if they need or want to speak to non-cybernetics. We are also working on adding English-Domgwen translation software to the implants.
Domgwen has spread, along with our magnificent populous, from its beginnings on our humble capital station to the many systems of the Ferrisitan Federation. The discovery of other stellar nations gives us the wonderful opportunity to not only continue to spread our language to other intelligent beings, but even more importantly, to welcome and assimilate other languages into our own database. We have already decompiled English, and look forward to analyzing the languages of the other peoples of Sector A1-0.