B-G-2-3, the main language of the northern continent of Iridia, serves as the primary language of wider communication on Iridia. Unlike the majority of Human languages, it is not sound-based. Even the minority of human languages which are visual, like B-G-2-3, are based on motion and placement of hand shapes, whereas Iridian languages are based on changing the color and pattern of one's skin.
B-G-2-3 makes use of a large subset of the colors Iridian skin is capable of producing, but there are colors used in other Iridian languages of which B-G-2-3 does not make use. Those of the southern half of the western continent and the north-eastern island chains, make use of a number of other colors and patterns, but here we will be describing the standard dialect of B-G-2-3 as used in and around the capital. The colors used in B-G-2-3 are traditionally arranged in rainbow order.
The following colors are used:
The use and relevance of 13 is hotly debated, both among Iridian linguists and outworld linguists. Its use is limited to a mere handful of terms, many of them of a marginal nature, teetering on the boundary between interjection and what could best be described as onomotopoeia. Many of these terms are current in only one, or a small group of B-G-2-3 non-standard dialects, though a couple have been claimed to be current in only the standard dialect.
day long.ago when live PST.CONT
When the days of long ago were living,
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family family land abroad trek PST.CONT
families were trekking across the land,
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city city few birth receive PST.PERF
and few cities had received birth,
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v-12 S-11 treasure genuine seek PST.CONT
Violet-spark Silver-shimmer was seeking true treasure.