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Yetlandish/Jetlandish is an North Germanic alt-lang spoken in the Shetland Islands, in an althistory where a. Norn did not exist and b. the Archipelago stayed Norwegian, though there was 67 years where South Mainland was under Scottish control, allowing a Scots influence. Yetland/Jetland has the same relationship to Norway as the Faroes do to Denmark. It has two standard Orthographies, Skotskrip and Norskip, the former being based on Scots, English, and diacritics that those languages' speakers would be familiar with, while Norskip is based on Norwegian and Old Norse. Skotskrip is the one most promoted by the Government, though most write in Norskip; in fact until 1977 the only official script was Skotsrkip, which was known as Standardskrip, or Nürskrip, and Norskip was known as Folkskrip. The grammar is the same, though.
(The First Set of Romanazation is Skotskip, the second is Norskip):

/p b t d k g ʔ/ <p b t d k g tt> <p b t d k g ∅>
/m n/ <m n> <m n>
/f v θ ð s z ʃ x h/ <f v th th s z sk/sh gh h> <f v þ ð s z sh ch h>
/t͡ʃ d͡ʒ/ <ch j> <tsh dsh>
/l/ <l> <l>
/j/ <y> <j>

/i y u/ <i ü u> <i y u>
/e ø o/ <e ö o> <e ø o>
/æ ɑ/ <ae a> <æ a>
/ai oi/ <ai oi> <ai oi>

In Skotskrip, /ʃ/ is written <sk> before front vowels and <sh> before back ones. The cluster /sk/ before front vowels is <skr>. I will be writing the language in Samenskip, which is an unofficial orthography which is Norskip with the Glottal stop marked as in Skotskrip.

Gender has been lost, but case remains. Nouns have two non-umlaut declensions, r-declension and i-declension.

Regular r-declension <Armar> "Arm"
Nominative Singular: Armar
Nominative Plural: Arms
Oblique singular: Arm
Oblique plural: Arma
Genitive Singular: Arms
Genitive Plural: Armas

Regular i-declension <Sagi> "Story"
Nominative Singular: Sagi
Nominative Plural: Sagis
Oblique singular: Saga
Oblique plural: Sagas
Genitive Singular: Sagas
Genitive Plural: Sagas
Many children make up, or begin to make up, imaginary languages. I have been at it since I could write.
-JRR Tolkien
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