Modern Englisc – A hypothetical descendant of Old English

In our inaugural conlang featuring post, we would like to introduce you to Modern Englisc, an alternate vision of the English language. In this eight-hundred and eighty pages long work, fellow conlanger A. Jarrette describes the phonological development and morphology of a more Germanic English language. It also includes a massive list of vocabulary. We’ll let author’s description speak for itself.

Here’s just one of my many possible outcomes of Old English had English retained more of its Germanic character. I chose this one because it’s more nearly unique in its phonology, having 21 vowels. It’s based on the earliest attested Old English, which was in the Anglian dialect (which happens to be the dialect from which modern English comes). Included is a grammar.

It is not only an exciting read for all of us interested in diachronic conlanging but also for all of us who’ve ever wondered how English might have shaped up were it not for the Norman influence.

It can be found in its entirety here: Modern Englisc: Fullest Faithful to Early Anglian

PS. Furthermore, Jarrette has also constructed several other hypothetical descendants of English, looking at what might have occurred if other early Anglo-Saxon dialects had laid the basis for Modern English. These are available on request.

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  1. The vocalic diversity is so immense, I would love to see the sound changes that led to the language!

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