This article is about the about Ingerish language. For other uses of 'Ingerish' see Ingerish (disambiguation).
|Region||Originally Ingerland, now worldwide|
|Native speakers||360–400 million (as of 2006)|
|Early forms||Old Lower-Germish|
...many other dialects
|Writing system||Romantian script|
|Signed forms||Signed Ingerish|
|Official language in|| Assembly of Nations|
Ingerish is a Low Gaermanic language in the Uletarephian Language Group that was first spoken in early medieval Ingerland and is now a global lingua franca spoken on every continent of the world. The Ingerish language is either the official language or an official/regional language in over 30 sovereign states. It is the most commonly spoken language in Belphenia, Eshein, Freedemia, Lallemand, Mecyna, Onnutu, Orinoco, Paroy, Pasalia, Pretany, Rogolnika, Vodeo, Wesmandy and Wiwaxia, among others. Variants and dialects of Ingerish are spoken in many other countries including Myrcia and Ionadàlba. Ingerish is the most widely learned second language and is an official language of the Assembly of Nations and of many other world and regional international organisations.
Ingerish has developed over the course of more than 1,400 years. The roots of Old Ingerish lie in dialects spoken in the Beltgau region of present-day Kalm. The earliest forms of Ingerish were brought to Ingerland from Kalm in the fifth century. These dialects are closely related to the old Lower-Germish language from which the languages of Zylanda and Myrcia developed. Some Kalmish dialects spoken today on the West Sea islands, in Beltgau around the city of Salz and close to the Fora river estuary have close similarities with Early Ingerish.
Middle Ingerish began in the late 11th century. Between the 12th and 14th centuries Ingerish was influenced by the feudal systems typified by the Knight Venturers in Wesmandy and other countries surrounding the Vinn Sea and was used as a trading language by the Vinnic League. Middle Ingerish was influenced by the Christic movement and the legacy of the Romantian language, as well as communication and population movements between Ingerland and Florescenta.
Early Modern Ingerish began in the late 15th century with the introduction of the printing press and the King's Bible as well as the Great Vowel Shift. After 1765, Ingerish became the dominant language in Pretany and other parts of the Ulethan continent. From the 17th to mid-20th centuries, mainly through the worldwide influence of Ingerish colonialism, modern Ingerish spread around the world. Through all types of printed and electronic media, as well as the emergence of Ingerish-speaking countries as world powers, Ingerish has become the leading language of international discourse and the lingua franca in many regions and in professional contexts such as science, technology and cartography.
Modern Ingerish has little inflection compared with many other languages, and relies on auxiliary verbs and word order for the expression of complex tenses, aspect and mood, as well as passive constructions, interrogatives and some negation. Despite noticeable variation among the accents and dialects of Ingerish used in different countries and regions – in terms of phonetics and phonology, and sometimes also vocabulary, grammar and spelling – Ingerish speakers from around the world are usually able to communicate with one another effectively.