Standard Pretanic

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Standard Pretanic
RegionOriginally Pretany
Native speakers7 million (as of 2005)
Language familyUletarephian
Early formsOld Lower Prenish
  • Early Pretanic
    • Standard Pretanic
Writing systemRomantian script
Official status
Official language inPretany

Standard Pretanic is a language that derives from western regions of the ancient Kalm. It is now a minority, and spoken (and former official) language in Pretany. It had very little influence on creation of other languages and was completely taken over by Ingerish in Pretany in the 18th century. only 5.7% of the Pretanic populace speaks Standard Pretanic natively, and 40% secondarily. It was the official vernacular of the Pretanic people for over a thousand years and was probably introduced by some sort of early Ulethian migration during the 4th century AD. Ingerish grew in popularity due to both the release of Ingerish prisoners on penal camps in the pretanic forests in the 18th century and globalization of corporations in the 19th century. It is a Kalmish-Ingerish language and is closely related to and classified alongside Ingerish. To a lesser extent, it is also related to the (extinct) early Kalmish languages from early trade route immigrants. The language was in heavy competition with the tribal languages of Pretany, including Inaran, Romantian, and eventually Franquese and Ingerish until it's ultimate decline in the 18th century.

The etymology of many cities in Pretany are formed from Standard Pretanic as the monarchy attempted to find some kind of cultural unity in the diverse country. It is well known that the abdication speech of King Wasson of Westward Gate in 1795 was spoken in the 4 primary languages of Prentay, as he was a well known linguistic scholar.

Example of Standard Pretanic below, as written in the Constitution of Freedom.

Eall folde west of Port Emporia ond sūth of the eacen wæter of Sunada, æt the eacen Egyts nu unchungen belimpan æt the cyning of Pretany. þas eard willa ne awendan hands þorh unlukken ond wīcan Pretanic sacu bī wyrre.