|Timeline and Universe:|| Nother|
5th–10th c. AD
|Writing system:||Drake script|
Drake (Old Menashean)
|Basic word order:||VSO|
The dragons who spoke the language had no ethnonym, and simply called themselves /ŋeʔḛ̀ɣaa/ "dragons", and the language name is derived from this. It is an Afro-Asiatic language, not their innate language; /ŋèʔa̰a̰/, for example, is cognate to Egyptian nˁw 'serpent'.
- Main article: Drake phonology
- Main article: Drake alphabet
Nouns decline for singular/plural and five cases: nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, and locative. The declension for mīne "house" is given below as an example.
- Drake is the traditional English name, and most properly refers to Old Menashean, but is also used generically to refer to any stage of the language. The name Menashean, which refers to Menashe, legendary founder of the city, is a recent coinage also used to refer generically to any stage of the language, but without qualifiers usually means the modern stage of the language.