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Native speakersc200,000 (as of 2015)
Language familyUletarephian
Early formsSeann Gaelig
  • Alba-Gaelig
    • Shenavroon
DialectsShenavroon Adeas (Yshon)
Shenavroon Atuath (Pendo)
...other island dialects (Faryal...)
Writing systemRomantian script
Signed formsSigned Shenavroon

Shenavroon, sometimes also referred to as Shadze-Gael, is a Caeltig language native to the islands of Shadze-Ma in the Asperic Ocean. It developed from the Álba Gaelig ('White Gaelig') language of Ionadàlba in the mid- to late-eighteenth century. Its development was strongly influenced by both Ingerish and Köpā and it contains elements of both these languages. Its phonetic transcription is significantly different from that of Álba Gaelig.

Shenavroon is not an official language of the Shadze-Ma. However, like both 'Shadze-Ma Ingerish' ('Standard') and 'Köpā Jāŧzė Nā' it is classed as an indigenous language under the Shadze-Ma Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. Like these languages it is recognised in the Shadze-Ma Language (Sheen Lavray) Act 2005. It is spoken by very small numbers outside of Shadze-Ma.


In the early 17th century the islands were disputed between Ingerland and Ionadàlba. Colonists from both these countries settled on different islands in the archipelage, assimilating the native inhabitants. In 1678 all the eastern islands (Yshon and Aiwatsi groups) passed to Ionadàlba, with the exception of Kizmanda, which was retained by Ingerland as a strong-point and naval base. The western islands, the group including Ironwall and the Erths, passed to Ingerland.

At independence in 1765 the cultural exchange between Uletha and the islands declined considerably; the dialect continued its development, although local pockets of traditional Álba Gaelig and Ingerish persisted. A variety of dialects of Ingerish were spoken on the islands, especially Lallans and Grumish.

Present day

Today, 85% of islanders speak shenavroon - or a dialect of Gaelig - as their first language. 'Standard' (Ingerish) is a widespread second language.