The Eganian (/Eganê/) language is the official language in the Republics of Egani, Vatofarê and Niscavo, as well as in the Autonomous Romanish Niscavo Province in Antharia. It is part of the Hellanisian group of Uletarephian languages. It can be written with the Romantish alphabet as well as with the Eganian Alphabet. About 23 million people speak Eganian fluently across the world.
About 10 dialects have been evolving in Egani, they are still spoken by quite a few people in every region. They are close to Eganian but with significant variants of accent and vocabulary. We can group them into two categories :
- the northern group - mostly similar to Eganian
- the southern group - with more differences
Other dialects have Sathrian origins in the Northeastern part of the country.
The dialects from the northern coast of the lake (1 and 2 on the map) evolved into modern Eganian language during the past 200 years. It is now spoken everywhere across the country.
Eganian is mainly spoken in Egani (and its overseas regions) and Niscavo. Eganian language is spoken by 98% of the population in Egani and by 79% in Niscavo. It is also spoken by about 1.2 million Eganian people working or studying abroad. There are strong Eganian communities in Sathria, Antharia and Pohenicia, and also smaller ones in Ataraxia and Castellán.
Two alphabets can be used to write Eganian :
Generally called "Benosa", it is a 24 letters alphabet that have been used since the latest period of ancient times in the Eganian peninsula. It originated in the East of Egani and was used by the main part of the population of this area during the middle ages. It almost disappeared in the 15th and 16th centuries as it tended to be replaced by the Romantish alphabet, it was then only used by the nobles. It is now known by every Eganian person and it is taught and used in schools. Nowadays, it is mostly used in poetry or to write greetings in texts. Many brands and shops also use it for their names and logos. The majority of letters are different from the romantish alphabet's letters.
Modified Romantish Alphabet
The Romantish alphabet is more used by the population. But 2 letters are not the same : P and R. And the letters C, H, Q and W don't exist. Nowadays, many young people like to write using a mix of both alphabets. It is not well seen and mostly used for text messages and graffitis.
|Modified Romantish Alphabet||Pronunciation||Example||Notes|
|Aa||a||alema = forest|
|Bb||b||beblodek = library|
|Dd||d||don = big river|
|Ee||e (inside a word)/ ə (end of a word)||nele = water||this letter can have diacritics|
|Ff||f||lifai = vertical/high|
|Gg||ʒ (before e,i,u,ô)/ g (before o, a and y)|| ges = soil
apogos = evening
|Ii||i||lini = lake|
|Jj||j||nesjel = islet|
|Kk||k||kento = center|
|Ll||l||ale = tree|
|Oo||o||this letter can have diacritics|
|Ss||s / ʃ (before t)|
Eê Eě Oô