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==Westeros==
 
==Westeros==
Many tongues are spoken on Westeros, but only two are native to it: the [[Old Tongue]], which was spoken before the Andal invasion, and the [[Common Tongue]], which followed it and is the single dominant language across the [[Seven Kingdoms]], although there are minor variations to it from place to place, [[Dornishmen]] can communicate with [[Northmen]] without difficulty.  
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Although there are many spoken languages on [[Westeros]], only two are native to it: the [[Old Tongue]], the language of the [[First Men]] that dominated westeros thousands of years and the [[Andal]] language, today known as the [[Common Tongue]], which was introduced during the andal invasion/migration and superseded the old tongue since. Another major migration to westeros was the made by the [[Rhoynar]], however they have assimilated and their own language has disappeared since.  
  
Additionally it may be possible that the [[Rhoynar]] brought their own language with them, but this has since disappeared. Foreign tongues are taught in the [[Citadel]]; otherwise, they are brought from other lands by immigrants, merchants, sellswords, and the like.
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Today, the Old Tongue is still remembered by the folks in the far north, while most people within the [[Seven Kingdoms]], know no other language than the [[Common Tongue]]. Although there are minor variations to it from place to place, [[Dornishmen]] can communicate with [[Northmen]] without difficulty. Foreign tongues are taught in the [[Citadel]]; otherwise, otherwise, they are brought from other lands by immigrants, merchants, sellswords, and the like.
  
 
==Across the narrow sea==
 
==Across the narrow sea==
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* [[High Valyrian]], was the language the [[Valyrian Freehold|Valyria empire]], before the Doom came and it fell apart.
 
* [[High Valyrian]], was the language the [[Valyrian Freehold|Valyria empire]], before the Doom came and it fell apart.
 
* [[Bastard Valyrian|Low Valyrian]], Bastard Valyrian, as it is also called, is the language of the nine [[Free Cities]] and the [[Slaver's Bay#The Cities of Slaver's Bay|Slaver Cities]], Each of the cities has it's own dialect, and each dialect likely has it's own separate derived vocabulary.
 
* [[Bastard Valyrian|Low Valyrian]], Bastard Valyrian, as it is also called, is the language of the nine [[Free Cities]] and the [[Slaver's Bay#The Cities of Slaver's Bay|Slaver Cities]], Each of the cities has it's own dialect, and each dialect likely has it's own separate derived vocabulary.
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:* Tyroshi, Little is known about Tyroshi Low Valyrian, except concerning its pronunciation.
 
:* Tyroshi, Little is known about Tyroshi Low Valyrian, except concerning its pronunciation.
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* Ghiscari - The tongue used by the [[Ghiscari]] is largely forgotten and supplemented by a bastardised vestion of High Valyrian, though it is still spoken by some and engraved Ghiscari glyphs can be found on various objects.
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* Ghiscari - is largely extinct tongue, spoken five thousand years ago by the [[Ghiscari]] people of ancient Ghis, destroyed by the [[Valyria Freehold]]. Ghiscari was supplemented by a bastardised vestion of High Valyrian, though it is still spoken by some and engraved Ghiscari glyphs can be found on various objects of old.
* Qartheen
 
 
* [[Language of Asshai]], The people of Asshai, are well versed in witchcraft and wizardry, and have a language of their own, used in their spells (as did the Valyrians).
 
* [[Language of Asshai]], The people of Asshai, are well versed in witchcraft and wizardry, and have a language of their own, used in their spells (as did the Valyrians).
 
* Lhazareen - is described as singsong <ref>[[A Game of Thrones]], p557</ref>
 
* Lhazareen - is described as singsong <ref>[[A Game of Thrones]], p557</ref>
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==Non-Human Communication==
 
==Non-Human Communication==
* The [[Children of the Forest]] sing in the [[True Tongue]].
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* The [[Children of the Forest]], said to sing in the [[True Tongue]].
* The [[Others]]' Language, "The Other said something in a language that Will did not know: his voice was like the cracking of ice on a winter lake, and the words were mocking."
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* The [[Others]]' Language, described as sounding like cracking of ice on a winter lake. In the [[Game of Thrones]] Tv show, It was named "Skroth".
 
* Necromancy.
 
* Necromancy.
 
* [[Beastiary|Animals]]
 
* [[Beastiary|Animals]]

Revision as of 17:16, 7 April 2012

"I don't have a whole imaginary language in my desk here, the way Tolkien did."

Tolkien was a philologist, and an Oxford don, and could spend decades laboriously inventing Elvish in all its detail. I, alas, am only a hardworking SF and fantasy novel, and I don't have his gift for languages. That is to say, I have not actually created a Valyrian language. The best I could do was try to sketch in each of the chief tongues of my imaginary world in broad strokes, and give them each their characteristic sounds and spellings.[1]

Throughout A Song of Ice and Fire, numerous cultural and regional dialects are discussed. These dialects form the world's spoken tongue, and help define it's people.

Westeros

Although there are many spoken languages on Westeros, only two are native to it: the Old Tongue, the language of the First Men that dominated westeros thousands of years and the Andal language, today known as the Common Tongue, which was introduced during the andal invasion/migration and superseded the old tongue since. Another major migration to westeros was the made by the Rhoynar, however they have assimilated and their own language has disappeared since.

Today, the Old Tongue is still remembered by the folks in the far north, while most people within the Seven Kingdoms, know no other language than the Common Tongue. Although there are minor variations to it from place to place, Dornishmen can communicate with Northmen without difficulty. Foreign tongues are taught in the Citadel; otherwise, otherwise, they are brought from other lands by immigrants, merchants, sellswords, and the like.

Across the narrow sea

many languages exist on the continent across the narrow sea. The most important is High Valyrian, the language of the old Valyrian Freehold, spoken now in bastardized version across its remnants.

  • Dothraki language, is the language of the Dothraki, the indigenous inhabitants of the Dothraki Sea in the series A Song of Ice and Fire written by George R. R. Martin.
  • High Valyrian, was the language the Valyria empire, before the Doom came and it fell apart.
  • Low Valyrian, Bastard Valyrian, as it is also called, is the language of the nine Free Cities and the Slaver Cities, Each of the cities has it's own dialect, and each dialect likely has it's own separate derived vocabulary.
  • Ghiscari - is largely extinct tongue, spoken five thousand years ago by the Ghiscari people of ancient Ghis, destroyed by the Valyria Freehold. Ghiscari was supplemented by a bastardised vestion of High Valyrian, though it is still spoken by some and engraved Ghiscari glyphs can be found on various objects of old.
  • Language of Asshai, The people of Asshai, are well versed in witchcraft and wizardry, and have a language of their own, used in their spells (as did the Valyrians).
  • Lhazareen - is described as singsong [2]
  • Summer Tongue, Summer Islands have their own language.
  • The Trade Tongue - The trade tongue is often spoken, a coarse argot that has developed using words from a dozen languages (many of them insults) and hand gestures [3]
  • Other Languages

Non-Human Communication

See Also

Created for HBO's Game of Thrones, a actual spoken Dothraki language has been developed. This language takes cues from George R. R. Martin's few bits of published words, and expands greatly upon it. A website, dothraki.org, has been created to help teach and spread the constructed tongue. Film critic and indie director Lee Demarbre has called the language the "new Klingon".

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