Unknown language: Nautron respoc lorni virch

Faethin

Member
Spanish, Aeternae Veris Terra
I shall be extremely grateful to the one who can help me out with this one.

Near the beggining of chapter XV of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Professor Aronnax tells of a phrase the Nautilus' second officer pronounced almost every day, while scanning the horizon every morning, during their stay on board the ship.

Nautron respoc lorni virch

Not even the professor is able to decypher the meaning of this, assuming that it meant simply "Nothing on sight"; this owing to the fact that, the only time in which the phrase was replaced by some other equally incomprehensible sentence, Captain Nemo apparently detected something in the horizon which the professor never learnt of.

It does sound like "Nothing on sight", especially with the first and last words, both wich have a likeness to words commonly used in romanic languages such as the Italian niente, 'nothing'or the Spanish vista, 'sight'.

SPOILER!

Since captain Nemo is actually Indian, (and a very educated man overall), and considering its resemblance to the latin languages mentioned above, could this phrase be sanskrit?

Thanks in advance!
 
  • Outsider

    Senior Member
    Portuguese (Portugal)
    Pregunta interesante, aunque mi sospecha sea que se trata de una lengua inventada.
     

    Agró

    Senior Member
    Spanish-Navarre
    Invented language (source):

    Cuando el profesor Aronnax y sus compañeros embarcaron en el Nautilus se encontraron frente a dos hombres calzados con botas de mar de piel de foca y vestidos con ropas de un tejido especial que los dejaban en completa libertad de movimientos. Uno de ellos se dirigió a su compañero en una lengua desconocida para el profesor. «Era un idioma armonioso, flexible, sonoro, y cuyas vocales parecían estar sometidas a una acentuación variadísima», nos cuenta. Más adelante, el viejo y admirado Verne nos regala unas palabras de esta maravillosa lengua: Nautron respoc lorni virch (20.000 leguas de viaje submarino, Julio Verne).
    El Capitán Nemo había creado un mundo propio, al margen del resto del mundo. Era una sociedad perfecta (aunque, al parecer, compuesta sólo por hombres), con su propia lengua, igualmente perfecta.
     
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