Søskendansk is a dialect of the Danish language. It is spoken in Hamptonshire and the other realms of the Hamptonian League. Søskendansk literally translates as "Sibling/Brother and Sister Danish". Søskendansk is very similar to Rigsdansk, traditional Danish, but due to the influence of English and other languages Søskendansk has much simpler grammatical rules. When using English, in writing or speech, Hamptonians refer to this dialect as Hamptonian Standard Danish or simply Hamptonian Danish, the term "Søskendansk" is only used in formal or academic settings.
The dialect started diverging from the common ancestor language Old Norse and the mother dialect of Rigsdansk sometime during the 14th century and became more distinct from the other emerging Scandinavian national languages in the 16th century, though written Danish, in all its forms, is usually far easier for Swedes to understand than the spoken language.
While modern spoken Danish is characterized by a very strong tendency of reduction of many sounds that can make it particularly difficult for foreigners to understand and properly master, not just by reputation but by sheer phonetic reality, Søskendansk has not followed this path. In contrast, in Søskendansk every effort is made to fully enunciate every sound. While this makes Søskendansk fully understandable to Rigsdansk speakers as well as speakers of most North Germanic languages, it does make the dialect seem less refined and slower than mainline Danish. Written and spoken Søskendansk is fully intelligible to most all other Danish speakers but Søskendansk-only speakers of Danish may find Rigsdansk and other mainline dialects to be difficult to comprehend when spoken.