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Vetland Talg
[vɛtɫand taɫg]
Registered by [Deactivated User] on 25 October 2022
Language type A posteriori
Place & SpeakersVetlandic is spoken in Vetland.
Species Human/humanoid
About Vetlandic In which I rip off the vocab from Old Norse and everything else from Yola or Scots.

Vetlandic is an Anglic language descended from Middle English and heavily influenced by Old Norse, spoken on the North Sea island of Vetland. It is, along with Nyrsk and English, one of the official languages of the Republic of Vetland.

Although it came under heavy threat by the encroachment of English-speaking colonists in the 18th and 19th centuries, the Vetlander's very strong sense of identity, which was heavily tied up with the speaking of what poet Vilyam Dhomaz called "dhig bastard an vrìdh talg", meant that the language clung on to life.
After independence, it has made an almost complete recovery, being the majority language even in the former epicentre of colonisation, the capital Agènok.

-Middle English vowels remained unchanged, although there is no lengthening and monophthongisation has run rampant. The only surviving diphthong is /ai/.
-roughly a quarter of the vocab is of Norse origin
-stress has universally shifted to the second syllable
-has a variety of sociolects, lects spoken in the main cities have lots of English loanwords
-t͡ʃ and d͡ʒ merged into t͡ʃ, d͡ʒ is now found only in loans (e.g garej, 'garage') and very occasionally as a word-final allophone of t͡ʃ
-large variety of lects, with varying levels of influence by english. Acrolect has fallen out of favour, more mesolectal and basolectal forms considered prestige. City dialects often use -s as the plural.
Sample of Vetlandic[view] Ìk sey Pulya geta kached widhìne an Hwerligìg, òn dhar gerdha be nòn ìk kude dha ger. He gerdha be skremning vo me t'ud-drag hine, òn Gudh, ìk did vande... mes ìk knew dhes gin ìk vandode, ìk'ld be in-drag'd aswè. Ìk nò'kude hine save, òn idw' be òrdlas vo badh us moir. So ìk for hine dhar. Ìk wènde mì bak òn dhar hine left...[view all texts]
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Sound samples in Vetlandic
Some sound samples of Vetlandic. Maximum of 6 shown. Click the links to see the full texts.
Godherdai. Mì namen be Chèms Smith. Ìk be kwemed t'mèt dhì.
Hello. My name is James Smith. I am pleased to meet you.
Language family relationships
[edit] [view] Agenòks sprag (Agenòk Dialect)Once spoken widely in Agenòk and surrounding suburbs, now being displaced by Spoken Standard. Features include use of the -s plural instead of SST -en, r becoming a tap and no dark l.
Nasal m     n       [ŋ]1      
Plosive p b     t d       k g      
Fricative   f v θ ð s z ʃ [ʒ]2 [ç]3   [x]4 [χ]5 h  
Affricate         t͡ʃ (d͡ʒ)            
Lateral approximant       l             [ɫ]6
Approximant       ɹ   j w        
Blends vi ju
  1. allophone of /n/
  2. intervocalically , allophone of /ʃ/
  3. after front vowels, allophone of /h/
  4. after back vowels, allophone of /h/
  5. occasional realisation of the allophones /x/ and /ç/
  6. before and after front vowels, allophone of /l/
Close i     u
Near-close   ɪ    
Close-mid e     o
Mid     ə1  
Open-mid ɛ   [ɜ]2 ɔ
Open a      
Polyphthongs av ai
  1. realisation of any front vowel in an unstressed syllable
  2. between a plosive and another consonant, allophone of /ɪ/
Below is the orthography for Vetlandic. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 VetlandicOrthography [edit]
Ii/ɪ/Uu/u/Oo/ɔ/Aa/a/'//AI ai/ai/Bb/b/CH ch/t͡ʃ/Dd/d/DH dh/ð/Èè/e/Ee/ɛ/
Ff/f/Gg/g/Hh/h/Ìì/i/IU iu/ju/Jj/d͡ʒ/1Kk/k/Ll/l/Mm/m/Nn/n/Òò/o/Pp/p/
Rr/ɹ/Ss/s/SH sh/ʃ/Tt/t/TH th/θ/UI ui/vi/Vv/v/Ww/w/Yy/j/Zz/z/
✖ Unknown alphabetical order [change]
  1. loan words only
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