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The Norsan Language (VERY WIP)

The Norsan Language


Norsan is the main and official language in Norstham, spoken fluently by about 22-26 million people in Norstham, and in other nations around the Western Isles. It is spoken commonly alongside German and English within Norstham, and is the principle language in Norsan politics, sport and television. It is a north Germanic language, especially similar to the West Scandinavian languages, though not dissimilar to the East Scandinavian languages. It also bears a resemblance to the Celtic languages.

The 2010 census of Norstham reported that around 80% of Norsans speak Norsan in their day to day lives, whilst about 93% can speak it proficiently. Children learn Norsan in school from the age of four, and schools teach the majority of their subjects (subjects such as maths and science are taught in English, whilst some subjects are taught in German) in Norsan. Children also study Norsan literature at school.


Alphabet





Grammar


Norsan word order is Subject-Object-Verb, so the sentence "He eats food (Y° n°hvaden'shana)" would read "He food eats" in Norsan. Additionally, the object and the verb are separated by a " ' ", rather than a space, though they are still pronounced as separate words.

The letters/sounds for "j" and "y" change between words, so some words have a "j" that sounds like a "y" (for example, "Nj°Ůjan (Norstham)"), and vice-versa.

Vocabulary

Commonly occurring words

English

Norsan

Hello

H˙li

Welcome

Valkenom

Goodbye

N°n đi

Norstham

Nj°Ůjan

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