|Spoken natively in||Nova England, South Sea Islands|
|Source||English, dialects (various)|
|Official language in||Nova England, South Sea Islands|
|ISO 639 codes||be|
Britannic English is an umbrella term describing a number of English dialects spoken across Nova England, the South Sea Islands and former territories of the Britannic Empire. Although regional variations exist, Britannic English is considered to be unified enough, and distinct enough from standard English, to be considered a language in its own right.
Alphabet & Linguistic Principles
While Britannic English is written using the Latin alphabet, the influence of regional accents, phonetic spelling and an acceptance of "efficient" pronunciations have warped the way certain letters are pronounced. A guiding principle of the language is to reduce the amount of syllables in spoken words as much as possible while maintaining intelligibility, and phonetic spelling then transfers the compressed words into written language.
For instance, "th" sounds in Britannic English are often indistinguishable from "f" sounds, and it is therefore deemed acceptable to spell words such as "thing" and "think" as "fing" and "fink". This occasionally gives rise to confusion when spelling words such as the number "three", which is spelled as "free", and the reader can only infer from context which word is actually meant. This is also notably the case with "draw" and "drawer", which (due to compressed pronunciation) are both pronounced and written the same way.
The letter "h" rarely appears at the start of Britannic English words, with "houses" commonly spelt as "ouses" and "horses" as "orses", to name just two examples.
Britannic English includes a variety of dialect words that distinguish it from standard English. A non-exhausted list of common words are included below, alongside their definitions or standard English equivalents.
- Dossent - daren’t
- Moithered - confused or flustered
- Addent better - had better not
- An-all - also
- Bod - bird
- Caps-all - exceeds everything
- Chunter - to complain or mutter
- Dither - to go slow
- Flit- to move house/leave home
- Frit - scared or frightened
- Gie-ower - stop
- Gotten - to have
- Gumption - intelligence
- Hath-Tha - do tey
- Hessent - has not
- Owt - anything
- Rigmarole - commotion
- Rum - strange
- Siling - heavy rain
- Summat - something