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Common Language/New Tongue
All modern language in the world of the "Wheel of Time" stems from the Old Tongue.
All people of the world speak the common language, be they from the Westlands, Shara,
Seanchan, Seafolk, or Aiel.
It is thought by scholars that the Old Tongue was kept alive through the publication
of books printed around the time of the Breaking. The common language, or "new tongue"
was a vulgar form of the Old Tongue during the time of the Ten Nations and took over
as the dominant language during Artur Hawkwing's time. Trade and invasion throughout
the world as well as the continuation of the printed word are most likely the causes
for the spread of the common language.
For more help on specific languages, please see:
Old Tongue, Trolloc Tongue, Ogier Tongue, Dialects