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Axanar script

Axanar script

The Axanar language is spoken by the Axanar species. Like the languages of many humanoid species, the language contains consonant and vowel sounds like those found in Human languages. Enterprise NX-01 communications officer Hoshi Sato had to learn the language quite quickly in order to clear up a misunderstanding with an Axanar captain, in order to prevent him or an alien vessel from destroying Enterprise. (ENT: "Fight or Flight")

Established words Edit

  • Dukta-mutoor: ship
  • Kunatsila: distress
  • Dukta-mutoor kunatsila - (The) ship (is in) distress
In the script for "Fight or Flight", the phrase "ship in distress" is scripted to be translated into Axanar as "Dukta-mutoor kunatsila datii," although the last word in that phrase is not sounded in the episode.

What was heard from the log Edit

Iktuur suktaka, testa tono ista bhur. Owawala kuunat. Iste katsi kolo. Madringu du-stempru. – Kana la staka owawala, Utamilasa testa tono ista bhur. Usha vitar. Itar minuva. Tatal derikuu. – Varoshan. Silah min priku kalani...

What the Axanar captain said before Hoshi started talking Edit

  • Atad dvii oora! (Archer says something, not to him)
  • Aureetuan!
  • Mii alo owaba! Minas! Ooran tua calla! (Hoshi sends a message to tell him they sent the message)
In the script for "Fight or Flight", the first word of this phrase is written as "Tomii." However, only the second syllable can be heard in the episode.
  • Loor rah tee! Ahtara noss rohnay! (Likely: "But the message came from our ship, not yours")
  • Mii toras amayar tee! (This phrase concerns DNA scans. It was said, in a skeptical and accusatory way, by the Axanar captain while questioning Enterprise why they were present two days earlier.)
In the "Fight or Flight" teleplay, the Axanar captain follows this phrase with the word "Du!" although this isn't included in the final version of the episode.
  • Atah hoss moor at! (A phrase expressed angrily by the Axanar captain)
  • Loorah! Atah hoss! (Said in frustration by the Axanar captain, struggling to understand text from Enterprise's universal translator)

A conversation between Hoshi and the Axanar captain Edit

Hoshi: Ataa duii oora.

Axanar: Ataa iis? Minas alo.

Hoshi: Aata loora iis da! Oorehm miista voor!

Axanar: Eetova vohmala?

Hoshi: Iis da! Tuo, tuo ama tooras da! Veetal, veetal noss ohmeen! Oorah, ootah doee oorah!

In the script for "Fight or Flight", the words "tuo" and "veetal" are written only once in this section. However, in the episode, both vocal sounds are said twice. Also, the script omits the first usage of the word "oorah" (although it is said on-screen), and concludes this sentence with the word "stah!" though that term is not in the episode.

Axanar: Sciitaara.

Hoshi: Latoora de...

Axanar: Emos owaba.

Hoshi: Tunmeka.

This word isn't in the script, despite being included in the episode.

Axanar: Aiista.

Hoshi: De.

Background information Edit

Deduced Phonology Edit

Axanar language pronunciation guide

A script pronunciation guide for the Axanar language

Stops: Unvoiced: P, T, K, ' (Glottal stop as in uh-oh) Voiced: D

Fricatives: Unvoiced: S, SH, H Voiced: BH (V with both lips, span. haber), V

Nasals: Voiced: M, N, NG (As in sing, never as in finger)

Approximants: W

Laterals: L (As in fellow), RL (As in ball)

Trills: R

Vowels Edit

  • A, E, I, O, U as in Italian or Spanish.
  • AU = ow in now, IE = ee-eh, AI = eye, OU = ow in low

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