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[[Adûnaic]], and in turn Westron, was distantly related to other native languages of the Westlands, like those of [[Rhovanion]] and [[Rohan language|of Rohan]]; all descended from the [[Taliska|ancient languages]] of the [[Edain]].<ref name=lang/><ref>{{UT|Cirion}}, Note 4</ref>
 
[[Adûnaic]], and in turn Westron, was distantly related to other native languages of the Westlands, like those of [[Rhovanion]] and [[Rohan language|of Rohan]]; all descended from the [[Taliska|ancient languages]] of the [[Edain]].<ref name=lang/><ref>{{UT|Cirion}}, Note 4</ref>
 
==History==
 
==History==
The Westron speech is derived from the [[Adûnaic]] tongue of [[Númenor]],<ref name="L144">{{L|144}}</ref> and originated as a creole language on the western coastlands of the continent of Middle-earth, when the Númenoreans established trade outposts and forts in the third millennium of the [[Second Age]]. From there, it spread to most of the westlands, with the notable exception of [[Mordor]].
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The Westron speech is derived from the [[Adûnaic]] tongue of [[Númenor]],<ref name="L144">{{L|144}}</ref> and originated as a creole language on the western coastlands of the continent of Middle-earth, when the Númenoreans established trade outposts and forts in the third millennium of the [[Third Age]]. From there, it spread to most of the westlands, with the notable exception of [[Mordor]].
  
 
After the [[Downfall of Númenor]], the [[Faithful]] Númenoreans neglected their 'unfaithful' language in favour of [[Elvish]], allowing Adûnaic as spoken in [[Middle-earth]] to change and evolve chaotically among the [[Middle Men]]. But later it was enriched and softened under Elvish influence.
 
After the [[Downfall of Númenor]], the [[Faithful]] Númenoreans neglected their 'unfaithful' language in favour of [[Elvish]], allowing Adûnaic as spoken in [[Middle-earth]] to change and evolve chaotically among the [[Middle Men]]. But later it was enriched and softened under Elvish influence.

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