The Old Tongue - Fan Conlanging
Posted 07 August 2012 - 05:11 AM
Does anybody know of any unofficial fan conlanging of other ASoIaF languages? I'm interested in having a play around with a version of the Old Tongue, based on the samples such as those listed here:
One thing that's struck me looking at it - the fragments of the Old Tongue as spoken by the giants look like a completely different language to the fragments of the Old Tongue as seen spoken by men. The giants' version looks like a monosyllabic, isolating language (like Vietnamese or Classical Chinese - http://en.wikipedia....lating_language).
Woh dak nag gram = little squirrel people
Mag Mar Tun Doh Weg = Mag the Mighty
Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun = ??? (Wun son of Wun father of Wun?)
Whereas the humans' version looks like polysyllabic "standard fantasy pseudo-Welsh" aka "let's add the letter y to everyone's name". See "sygerrik", "Toregg", "Torwyrd" and "Varamyr" for details.
Is it possible that they're two languages, but sharing roughly the same lexicon, despite operating on two different grammatical structures?
Human "speciolect" - Magnar
Giant "speciolect" - Mag Nar
Maybe even that the Giant version is an Old-Tongue-based-creole?
Even if that wouldn't be plausible in a natural language, it might be fun to experiment with.
If anyone's interested in seeing what I come up with, I'll put what I've got online and post a link on here.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 04:42 PM
Here is what was compiled by Lajaki from the first 4 books regarding the old tongue: http://wiki.dothraki...#The_Old_Tongue
Not much info there really except Jon's description and a couple words. I'm guessing there could be many ways to explain why there seems to be a style difference between the words the giants use and the longer words used by humans. It could be treated just as a coincidence since the sample size is very small. Or one could create some other historical reason for it since it's a very old language that few people speak.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:39 PM
I've started having a play with it, beginning with a "giants language" based on the samples, structured as a tonal isolating language (I speak semi-fluent Mandarin, so I think that'd be fun). Might be interesting to play with the idea that the wildlings think the giants aren't very bright, speaking in monosyllables and what not, but make their language deceptively complicated.
Once I've got that functioning, I'll see if I can make a "human wildling language" that looks more like faux-celtic. Y'know, to keep in the fantasy vein.
Concept being that they're actually two separate languages, but with very closely related lexicons, close enough that they can communicate. Referring to Jon saying the giants could speak the Old Tongue "of a fashion".
Will make up some kind of back story to explain it.
Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:40 PM
Posted 17 May 2013 - 09:04 PM
It's possible they could be using Old Tongue syntax, but they could also just speak some other language isolate from before the days of the Andals. The Westeros equivalent of Basque or something...
Also, it's not made clear if they actually speak Common to each other, they may just be speaking it to Tyrion as a second language. For all we know, they could be quite eloquent in their native language.
Edited by Adogs, 17 May 2013 - 09:05 PM.