Modern Urianian is the language spoken and written in the northeast since the mid-19th century. Standard written Urianian today is based on the highland dialects, since the lowland Urianian culture by the 19th century had dwindled into insignificance. Since this highland dialect differs markedly from lowland Urianian in several ways, and writing also was very conservative before standardisation, earlier documents are barely readable by Urianians today, and have to be translated.
Urianian today is divided into three main dialect zones—the highlands, the western lowlands and the eastern lowlands. Scollerinian belongs to the eastern lowland zone, and since the 1950s has a standardised writing system of its own. The highland zone extends down to the coast in the north, encompassing Jurian town. The differences are largely phonological (see Phonology below), but there are some morphological differences, too—mainly the case system is more eroded in the lowlands.