Wapashian language

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Wapashian (Wapashian: Wapas̄kī [wæpæʃki:] or tunāya Wapas̄kī [tʌnɑ:jə wæpæʃki:]) is a language of the Tlosho-Nenuktuk language family. It is one of the two official languages of Wapashia, and is spoken by roughly 80% of its population as a first language. Wapashian is spoken by roughly half a million people.

Wapashian is heavily related to the now-extinct Tlosho language, originally spoken by the indigenous Tlosho people and often referred to as "Old Wapashian". The language developed in the early 19th-century as a result of Ingerland colonists having too much difficulty pronouncing words in Tlosho. In order to facilitate diplomacy and trade, Tlosho natives began changing the pronunciation of some words and simplified the grammatical structure of their language. This eventually became considered as a new language in itself, and became the primary language of the Tlosho people by c. 1840. For this reason, modern Wapashian contains many loanwords from Ingerish. "Tunāya Wapas̄kī" roughly translates to "language of the land of peace", a name given to ease hostilities from the Ingerish colonists.

Wapashian, as with the other languages of the Tlosho-Nenuktuk family, Tlosho and Nenuktuk, is exclusive to Wapashia, and has no relation to Řotsnan or any language native to Neo Delta.