Iglishmêk

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Iglishmêk was a Dwarvish language of silent gesture-signs.[1][2]

Examples[edit]

  • "I am listening" = slight raising of right-hand forefinger, followed by a similar raising of the left-hand forefinger.[2]
  • "Listen!" = slight raising of both forefingers simultaneously.[2]

Etymology[edit]

Magnus Åberg has theorized that the word iglishmêk is composed of *'igal (*"language", as in aglâb) and *shimak (*"gesture").[3]

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Mannish languages Adûnaic · Dalish · Drúadan · Dunlendish · Northern Mannish · Pre-Númenórean · Rohirric · Taliska · Westron (Hobbitish)
Dwarvish languages Iglishmêk · Khuzdul
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