|Region||Far North Arm|
|Writing system||Saurien alphabet|
|Official language in||Karnasaur Meritocratic Federation|
Saurien (Saurien: Lingua Sōria; pron. [ˈlɪŋɡʷa 'so:rɪa], LYN-gwa SAW-ria) is the most widely spoken Karnasaur language. Classified as an ancient language by modern linguists, Saurien is considered to be a major ancestor for many Far North Arm languages, including Mavibi and Ihapukh.
Saurien, originally known as Sylvanian (Lingua Sīlvānia), was first spoken in Sylvania, a civilisation of colonial heritage on the continent of Portis. Sylvanian emerged as a creole of different Dominian languages. Through the power of the Sylvanian Republic, Sylvanian became the dominant language, initially in Portis, after which is became the lingua franca of Karnas. The East Sylvanian dialect was ultimately chosen as the official language of Karnas upon the planet's unification, and it was renamed Lingua Sōria, literally "Language of the People".
By the later years of the Karnasaur Meritocratic Federation, Saurien had spread across the Far North Arm as the Karnasaurs embarked on a massive project to accelerate the development of less advanced species in the region, notably the Darsa of Darya and epoa of Borne. This involved seeding the tools needed for social and technological development, including writing, mathematics, and other forms of knowledge. On the galactic stage, Saurien also became the language of international communication and scholarship during the existence of the First Galactic Senate. In modern times, a form of Saurien known as Galactic Standard is used in a similar fashion by the Second Galactic Senate.
Saurien, especially as Galactic Standard, is taught in primary, secondary and postsecondary educational institutions across the galaxy.
Saurien is a highly inflected language, with three distinct genders, seven noun cases, four verb conjugations, four verb principal parts, six tenses, three persons, three moods, two voices, two aspects and two numbers.