Garudan ( /ɡaːrʊdən/; Garudan: Garudish, pron. /ɡaːruːdiʃ/) is a West Germanic language spoken in Garuda. It evolved from the German language spoken by the mainly Teuton settlers of what is now the Garudan Federative Republics of Kalimantan, Brunei, Sarawak, Gorontalo and Sulawesi, where it gradually began to develop distinguishing characteristics in the late 19th century. Hence, it is a daughter language of German, and was previously referred to as "Island German" (German: Inseldeutsch, Modern Garudan: Inseldoitsh; a term also used to refer collectively to the early Teuton settlers). It is the first language of most of the native-born people of Garuda.
Although Garuda has adopted words from other languages, including English, Melayu and Dutch, an estimated 85% of Garudan vocabulary is of German origin. Therefore, differences with German often lie in the more analytic morphology and grammar of Garudan, and a spelling originating in a 1938 spelling reform designed to simplify the writing system and to raise the literacy rate. There is a large degree of mutual intelligibility between the two languages — especially in spoken form.
With about 96.9 million native speakers in Garuda, or 69.3% of the population, it is the most-spoken language in the country. It has the widest geographical and racial distribution of all the national languages of Garuda, and is widely spoken and understood as a second or third language among non-native speakers. It is taught in schools, with about 10.3 million second language students. Garudan is also the language used in the Federal Government, though other languages are also used in the Republics.
Estimates of the total number of Garudan-speakers range between 249 and 251 million.
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