Marain is a language consciously designed as a comprehensive and inclusive vehicle for communicating cultural and technical information.
Glyphs and encoding[edit | edit source]
"Written" Marain is fundamentally a binary language. Each symbol - or glyph - is a representation of a binary number - or byte - created by arranging the bits within a multi-dimensional container. Different strata of Marain use different byte sizes, with a commensurate increase in the number of possible unique glyphs. Byte size, and the number of dimensions a glyph may be constructed in, are limited only by computational resources. In practice, the more complex strata of Marain - using very long bytes and multi-dimensional glyphs - are only used by and comprehensible to machine intelligences like Minds.
Culture standard nonary[edit | edit source]
The principle set of Culture glyphs - representing the basic alphabet - could each be rotated or mirrored without being mistaken for any of the other primary glyphs. The remaining glyphs were used to represent numbers (in base 8), and a variety of symbols and numerical constants.
Marain in Popular Culture[edit | edit source]
A language called "Marain" was created by Reddit users u/comradelenin456 and u/ratioprosperous using the alphabet from "A Few Notes On Marain". It is a synthetic language with such features as flexible word order, no tenses, six grammatical cases, fourth-person pronouns, and genderless third-person pronouns. Though it has recognition within Reddit and has been used to make tattoos , this language is non-canonical.
Marain in the Culture[edit | edit source]
Marain was designed to be clear, concise and as unambiguous as technically feasible.
The Culture used its standard nonary encoding and primary glyph set to express its form of Marain. Each primary glyph represented a phoneme, with rotated glyphs representing either similar phonemes or different vocalizations. It had a phoneme to denote upper case. The range of represented phonemes was intended to allow the replication of nearly any pan-human language.
A single pronoun was used to describe all sentient entities, regardless of sex or species.
While Marain was the predominant language in the Culture, it also saw significant use outside of that polity.