Laurentian

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Laurentien is a Romance Language spoken by the majority of the population in New Francy. It is derived from various languages spoken in the northern part of France (largely Norman, Francian and Picard ) that melded together over the course of a few centuries in New Francy.

It existed until the mid-nineteenth century as a collection of dialects spoken in various regions of the Intendancy that were regarded by both its speakers and outsiders as "badly spoken lower-class Francian". It only gain a sort of respectability thanks to the effort of various native born writers, teacher and journalists who tried to define the local language and culture during a serie of meetings that came to be known as the "veiyae louraunsyeine" [laurentian evening].

This informal group is credited with not only giving a clearer image of the linguistic situation but also, through the effort of some of its members, with giving the laurentian language greater stability by publishing books and newspaper in a Laurentian dialect that was dubbed "Standard Laurentian".

Some of the "Veiyae" group's detractors however have claimed in the past that the group purposefully tried to steer it away from francian by choosing words, expression and grammatical rules not based on their commonality but on their difference with the language of the ruling class (i.e. francian). On the other hand, the process of non-francian words being replace by francian ones in everyday speech had been well documented even in France and so it could be argued that the group's work simply reverted the assimilation process.

Though still unofficial, the government has in the last few decades given it an almost equal status in everyday life.


See also: the Laurentian Dictionary [1]

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