Darnassian

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Darnassian (also called Darnassae,[1] Kaldorei[2] and elvish[3]) is the primary language of the night elves. There are two specific dialects:[citation needed] Darnassian, the current language; and an older script, a strange dialect, that can be found in ancient night elf ruins (perhaps Elven).

The naga, high elves, blood elves, and Nightborne are descended from night elves, so Darnassian bears some resemblance to the Nazja, Thalassian, and unnamed Suramar languages.[4] There are, however, strong ideological differences between the night elves and their distant kin. Thus, a linguist must take great care in drawing comparisons between Darnassian and its two cousin languages. Night elves tend to consider such comparisons offensive.[5]

This is one of the four elven dialects.[6]

The hearty frostsaber's ferocious appetite earned it the nickname "Dragon Belly" in the night elf language.[7]

Darnassian primer (official translations)

Here are a few common Darnassian phrases and words, for which the translations have been officially confirmed by Blizzard:

Non-translated Darnassian words or phrases

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  • Allaminar! - Word of magic that creates a illumination spell, which causes a bright light.[32]
  • Keermissar! - Word of magic that causes three whirling magic stars to flash forth and strike an enemy.[32]

Night elf names

Night elf names always have a special meaning. First names derive from an elven word or the name of a famous hero having a totemic or ancestral connection. Surnames are indicative of the family line and often date back millennia.[33]

  • Male: Ilthilior, Mellitharn, Khardona, Andissiel, Mardant, Tanavar.
  • Female: Kaylai, Keina, Deliantha, Meridia, Freja, Alannaria, Nevarial.
  • Family: Moonblade, Glaivestorm, Proudstrider, Oakwalker, Nightwing, Staghorn.

In-game parser

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See also: Darnassian (speculation)

This is the list of words created by the in-game language parser for the Darnassian language, and is listed as language number two (word range 101-202) in the Language text file.

Note: The language algorithm used by the in-game "translator" merely makes the words look like Darnassian. It does not actually use a specific dictionary. Therefore, translated in-game speech isn't true Darnassian.

Number of letters in word Word List
One-letter words A, D, E, I, N, O
Two-letter words Al, An, Da, Do, Lo, Ni, No, Ri, Su
Three-letter words Ala, Ano, Anu, Ash, Dor, Dur, Fal, Nei, Nor, Osa, Tal, Tur
Four-letter words Alah, Aman, Anar, Andu, Dath, Dieb, Diel, Fulo, Mush, Rini, Shar, Thus
Five-letter words Adore, Balah, Bandu, Eburi, Fandu, Ishnu, Shano, Shari, Talah, Terro, Thera, Turus
Six-letter words Asto're, Belore, Do'rah, Dorini, Ethala, Falla, Ishura, Man'ar, Neph'o, Shando, T'as'e, U'phol
Seven-letter words Al'shar, Alah'ni, Aman'ni, Anoduna, Dor'Ano, Mush'al, Shan're
Eight-letter words D'ana'no, Dal'dieb, Dorithur, Eraburis, Il'amare, Mandalas, Thoribas
Nine-letter words Banthalos, Dath'anar, Dune'adah, Fala'andu, Neph'anis, Shari'fal, Thori'dal
Ten-letter words Ash'therod, Dorados'no, Isera'duna, Shar'adore, Thero'shan
Eleven-letter words Fandu'talah, Shari'adune
Twelve-letter words Dor'ana'badu, T'ase'mushal
Thirteen-letter words U'phol'belore
Fourteen-letter words Anu'dorannador, Turus'il'amare
Fifteen-letter words Asto're'dunadah, Shindu'falla'na
Sixteen-letter words -
Seventeen-letter words Ando'meth'derador, Anu'dorinni'talah, Esh'thero'mannash, Thoribas'no'thera


Speculation

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Based on the primer above, one can draw several conclusions as to the meanings of specific words, suffixes and prefixes in the Darnassian language.

  • "An" = "Snow"
  • "Aran" = "Town"
  • "Do" = "Teacher"
  • "Dorei" = "Children", "Born of"
  • "Drassil" = "Crown"
  • "Dris" = "Eye"
  • "Ishnu" = "Good fortune"
  • "Kal" = "Star(s)"
  • "-naar" = "Town"
  • "Nor" = "Heavens"
  • "Quel" = "High" or "Noble"
  • "Shan" = "Honored"
  • "Tel" = "Earth"
  • "Thero" = "Student"
  • "Vor" = "Broken"
  • "Zin" = "Glory"

Related languages

The novel Cycle of Hatred mentions "four elven dialects".[6] The Naga, high elves, and blood elves all speak languages derived from Darnassian. The Naga (former Highborne elves), speak the language Nazja, which is as corrupted as the creatures who speak it. The language of the high elves, who were exiled from Kalimdor, changed into what is now known as Thalassian. It is also the language of the blood elves.

Darnassian, Thalassian, and Najza seem to have many common phrases, as is evidenced by Prince Kael'thas' use of "Ishnu'alah", Lady Vashj's "Ishnu'dal'dieb", as well as the names of the different elf subtypes, the Kaldorei, Quel'dorei, and Sin'dorei.

The high elves have very long life spans compared to humans, so Thalassian might be so similar to Darnassian that it would be more correct to call it a dialect, rather than a separate language. However, various sources call them languages, and imply that there would be difficulty in communication between the separate languages.

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Beyond the current spoken version of Darnassian there is one ancient dialect of Darnassian, written in Darnassian runes.[34] However, it is possible that it is the language currently known as Elven which is also spoken on Mount Hyjal.[citation needed]

Speculation

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It has been pointed out that Darnassian, an old language, shares the same root word with the name of the Night Elven capital, Darnassus, a city created relatively recently. Some reasons as to why this may be include: 1) the language was always called Darnassian, and the city was named for the language; 2) there was no name for the language prior to the foundation of the city, and so they bore the same, 3) the name of the language was changed, or 4) "darnass" has a translation that is not yet known.

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