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'''Common Telerin''' is the primordial tongue of the [[Teleri]] or Lindar clan of the [[Elves]].
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'''Common Telerin''' was an ancient dialect of the [[Common Eldarin]], spoken by the [[Teleri]] or [[Lindar]] clan of the [[Elves]].  
  
It descended from [[Primitive Quendian]], the original language of all [[Quendi]], or Elves, but split off [[Common Eldarin]] early, at some time during the [[Great Journey]].
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It became the common ancestor of both [[Valinor]]ean [[Telerin]] and the vernacular [[Elvish]] languages of the [[Westlands]] (the [[Sindarin]] dialects, and some of the [[Silvan Elvish]] like [[Nandorin]]).
  
One major Telerin change was that where Primitive Quendian used 'KW', Telerin had evolved it into 'P'. Another significant change was the simplification of palatal 'J' into the vowel 'I'.
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==History==
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It descended from [[Primitive Quendian]], the original language of all [[Quendi]], or Elves, but split off [[Common Eldarin]] early, at some time during the [[Great Journey]], perhas because the Lindar were further off from both [[Minyar]] and [[Tatyar]].
  
Its descendants are the language of the Teleri of [[Valinor]] [[Telerin]], as well as all the languages of [[Beleriand]] of the [[First Age]], like [[Sindarin]], and the various [[Nandor]]in languages.
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Since many Teleri teams abandoned the March, and stayed in [[Middle-earth]], all the languages of [[Beleriand]] of the [[First Age]], like [[Sindarin]], and the various [[Nandor]]in languages in the East, are descendants of Common Telerin.
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[[Telerin]] of Valinor as spoken by the [[Falmari]] we the branch of Common Telerin that reached the West.
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==Characteristics==
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One major Telerin change was that where Primitive Quendian used 'KW', Telerin had evolved it into 'P'.
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Another significant change was the simplification of palatal 'J' into the vowel 'I'.
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Another yet characteristic see in the Telerin languages was the loss of an unaccented pre-stress vowel, for example [[PQ]] ''[[turúmbê]]'' becomes ''[[trumbe|t'rumbê]]'' and *''berektâ'' becomes *''b'rektâ''.
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A trait seen in Telerin languages was the evolution of the diphthong [[CE]] ''eu'' to ''iu'' in some dialects. For example *''beurô'' evolved into ''[[beor]]'' with the alternative form ''[[bior]]''. ''[[ndeuro]]'' evolved into [[Doriathrin]] ''[[dior]]''.
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In Telerin of Aman variants of the same word with ''iu'' would coexist with those in ''eu'' in its place.<ref>{{VT|48a}} p.7</ref>
  
The language of the Teleri of Valinor was influenced by and in turn influenced [[Quenya]], and these languages remained very closely related and mutually intelligible.
 
 
==Other versions of the legendarium==
 
==Other versions of the legendarium==
The model of Common Telerin belongs to a newer part of [[Tolkien]]'s writings. In his personal early unpublished writings like ''[[The Etymologies]]'', the only languages which possess the qualities of the Telerin languages are [[Old Noldorin]] and [[Noldorin]].  
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The model of Common Telerin belongs to a newer part of [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]]'s writings. In his personal early unpublished writings like ''[[The Etymologies]]'', the only languages which possess the qualities of the Telerin languages are [[Telerin]] and [[Old Noldorin]] (and by extension, [[Noldorin]]).  
  
 
The other languages of the [[Great Lands]] like [[Doriathrin]], [[Ilkorin]] etc don't; for example, they had retained the Primitive 'KW' (cf. Ilkorin ''[[cwess]]'' and Doriathrin ''[[cwindor]]'')
 
The other languages of the [[Great Lands]] like [[Doriathrin]], [[Ilkorin]] etc don't; for example, they had retained the Primitive 'KW' (cf. Ilkorin ''[[cwess]]'' and Doriathrin ''[[cwindor]]'')
  
Fans who believe that those early languages are not obsolete in the later continuity, interpret them as dialects of Sindarin and/or Telerin languages in their minds. In that case those "anomalies" words that don't fit Telerin, are "updated" in [[Neo-Sindarin]] (for example *''pess'' and *''pindor'')
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Fans who believe that those early languages are not obsolete in the later continuity, interpret them as dialects of Sindarin and/or Telerin languages in their minds. In that case those "anomalous" words that don't fit Telerin, are "updated" in [[Neo-Sindarin]] (for example *''pess'' and *''pindor'')
  
 
== See also ==  
 
== See also ==  
 
*[[Languages]]
 
*[[Languages]]
 
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[[Category:Languages]]
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[[Category:Telerin (language family)| ]]
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[[fi:Kantateleri]]

Latest revision as of 18:14, 29 October 2012

Common Telerin was an ancient dialect of the Common Eldarin, spoken by the Teleri or Lindar clan of the Elves.

It became the common ancestor of both Valinorean Telerin and the vernacular Elvish languages of the Westlands (the Sindarin dialects, and some of the Silvan Elvish like Nandorin).

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[edit] History

It descended from Primitive Quendian, the original language of all Quendi, or Elves, but split off Common Eldarin early, at some time during the Great Journey, perhas because the Lindar were further off from both Minyar and Tatyar.

Since many Teleri teams abandoned the March, and stayed in Middle-earth, all the languages of Beleriand of the First Age, like Sindarin, and the various Nandorin languages in the East, are descendants of Common Telerin.

Telerin of Valinor as spoken by the Falmari we the branch of Common Telerin that reached the West.

[edit] Characteristics

One major Telerin change was that where Primitive Quendian used 'KW', Telerin had evolved it into 'P'.

Another significant change was the simplification of palatal 'J' into the vowel 'I'.

Another yet characteristic see in the Telerin languages was the loss of an unaccented pre-stress vowel, for example PQ turúmbê becomes t'rumbê and *berektâ becomes *b'rektâ.

A trait seen in Telerin languages was the evolution of the diphthong CE eu to iu in some dialects. For example *beurô evolved into beor with the alternative form bior. ndeuro evolved into Doriathrin dior.

In Telerin of Aman variants of the same word with iu would coexist with those in eu in its place.[1]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

The model of Common Telerin belongs to a newer part of Tolkien's writings. In his personal early unpublished writings like The Etymologies, the only languages which possess the qualities of the Telerin languages are Telerin and Old Noldorin (and by extension, Noldorin).

The other languages of the Great Lands like Doriathrin, Ilkorin etc don't; for example, they had retained the Primitive 'KW' (cf. Ilkorin cwess and Doriathrin cwindor)

Fans who believe that those early languages are not obsolete in the later continuity, interpret them as dialects of Sindarin and/or Telerin languages in their minds. In that case those "anomalous" words that don't fit Telerin, are "updated" in Neo-Sindarin (for example *pess and *pindor)

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Eldarin Hands, Fingers & Numerals and Related Writings — Part Two" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 48, December 2005 p.7