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Like [[Nazja]], Thalassian is derived from the Darnassian language.<ref name="Thalassian576">http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/encyclopedia/576.xml</ref> The elder tongue is almost forgotten.<ref>''[[Day of the Dragon]]'', 136</ref> Hence, Thalassian is closely related to Darnassian and there is some overlap between the two languages. Further Darnassian utterances have therefore have been preserved in modern Thalassian.<ref name="Thalassian576">http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/encyclopedia/576.xml</ref>
 
Like [[Nazja]], Thalassian is derived from the Darnassian language.<ref name="Thalassian576">http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/encyclopedia/576.xml</ref> The elder tongue is almost forgotten.<ref>''[[Day of the Dragon]]'', 136</ref> Hence, Thalassian is closely related to Darnassian and there is some overlap between the two languages. Further Darnassian utterances have therefore have been preserved in modern Thalassian.<ref name="Thalassian576">http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/encyclopedia/576.xml</ref>
   
So far, linguistic scholars have opted to err on the side of caution in documenting Darnassian terms and phrases that are also considered part of the Thalassian language. Certainly this issue, however delicate, merits further research. Nevertheless, addressing a blood elf (not a high elf, with perhaps a few exceptions, as they are a neutral faction now and some lean toward the alliance) with a Darnassian-specific word or phrase can be considered offensive or foolish, and so the speaker must handle the situation with care.<ref name="Thalassian576"/>
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So far, linguistic scholars have opted to err on the side of caution in documenting Darnassian terms and phrases that are also considered part of the Thalassian language. Certainly this issue, however delicate, merits further research. Nevertheless, addressing a blood elf (not a high elf, with perhaps a few exceptions, as they are a neutral faction now and some lean toward the alliance) with a Darnassian-specific word or phrase can be considered offensive or foolish, and so the speaker must handle the situation with care.<ref name="Thalassian576" />
   
 
This is one of the four known elven dialects.<ref>''[[Cycle of Hatred]]'', 67</ref>
 
This is one of the four known elven dialects.<ref>''[[Cycle of Hatred]]'', 67</ref>
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Here are a few common Thalassian phrases and words, for which the translations have been officially confirmed by [[Blizz]]ard:
 
Here are a few common Thalassian phrases and words, for which the translations have been officially confirmed by [[Blizz]]ard:
   
*'''Al diel shala''' = Safe travels.<ref name="Thalassian576"/>
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*'''Al diel shala''' = Safe travels.<ref name="Thalassian576" />
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*'''Ama noral'arkhana''' = Saved by magic.<ref name="Thalassian576" />
   
 
*'''Anar'alah''' = "By the light"<ref>''[[Arthas: Rise of the Lich King]]'', 231</ref>
 
*'''Anar'alah''' = "By the light"<ref>''[[Arthas: Rise of the Lich King]]'', 231</ref>
   
*'''Anar'alah belore''' = By the light of the sun.<ref name="Thalassian576"/>
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*'''Anar'alah belore''' = By the light of the sun.<ref name="Thalassian576" />
   
*'''Anaria shola''' = Speak your business.<ref name="Thalassian576"/>
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*'''Anaria shola''' = Speak your business.<ref name="Thalassian576" />
   
 
* '''Anar'endal dracon''' = By the breath of the dragon.<ref>''[[Revelations]]''</ref><ref>''[[Through the Mirror Darkly]]''</ref>
 
* '''Anar'endal dracon''' = By the breath of the dragon.<ref>''[[Revelations]]''</ref><ref>''[[Through the Mirror Darkly]]''</ref>
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*'''Ann'da''' = Papa<ref>''[[Descent]]'', 16</ref>
 
*'''Ann'da''' = Papa<ref>''[[Descent]]'', 16</ref>
   
*'''Anu belore dela'na''' = The sun guides us.<ref name="Thalassian576"/>
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*'''Anu belore dela'na''' = The sun guides us.<ref name="Thalassian576" />
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*'''Aranal''' = Rise!<ref name="Thalassian576" />
   
*'''Bal'a dash, malanore''' = Greetings, traveler.<ref name="Thalassian576"/>
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*'''Bal'a dash, malanore''' = Greetings, traveler.<ref name="Thalassian576" />
   
 
*'''Ban'dinoriel''' = "Gatekeeper"<ref>''[[Arthas: Rise of the Lich King]]'', 227</ref>
 
*'''Ban'dinoriel''' = "Gatekeeper"<ref>''[[Arthas: Rise of the Lich King]]'', 227</ref>
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*'''Band'or shorel'aran''' — (Roughly) "Prepare to say farewell", spoken by [[Commander Sarannis]], officially translated in the Chinese version of WoW.
 
*'''Band'or shorel'aran''' — (Roughly) "Prepare to say farewell", spoken by [[Commander Sarannis]], officially translated in the Chinese version of WoW.
   
*'''Bash'a no falor talah!''' = Taste the chill of true death!,<ref name="Thalassian576"/> Sylvanas Windrunner (WC3)
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*'''Bash'a no falor talah!''' = Taste the chill of true death!,<ref name="Thalassian576" /> Sylvanas Windrunner (WC3)
   
 
*'''Belore''' = "The sun", though can mean to uncover something hidden or unknown if used in Darnassian.<ref>''[[Arthas: Rise of the Lich King]]'', 231</ref>
 
*'''Belore''' = "The sun", though can mean to uncover something hidden or unknown if used in Darnassian.<ref>''[[Arthas: Rise of the Lich King]]'', 231</ref>
   
*'''Dalah'surfal''' = My love
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*'''Dalah'surfal''' = My love <sup><span title="This claim needs references to reliable sources" style="white-space: nowrap;">[''citation needed'']</span></sup>
   
*'''Doral ana'diel?''' = How fare you?<ref name="Thalassian576"/>
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*'''Doral ana'diel?''' = How fare you?<ref name="Thalassian576" />
   
 
*'''Felo'melorn''' = "Flamestrike"<ref>''[[Arthas: Rise of the Lich King]]'', 237</ref>
 
*'''Felo'melorn''' = "Flamestrike"<ref>''[[Arthas: Rise of the Lich King]]'', 237</ref>
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*'''[[Kim'jael]]''' = "Little Rat" {{questlong|Neutral|53|Kim'jael Indeed!}}
 
*'''[[Kim'jael]]''' = "Little Rat" {{questlong|Neutral|53|Kim'jael Indeed!}}
   
*'''[[Medivh]]''' = "Keeper of Secrets"<ref name="Thalassian576"/> {{Cite|W2Man|38}} <ref>''[[The Last Guardian]]''</ref>
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*'''[[Medivh]]''' = "Keeper of Secrets"<ref name="Thalassian576" /> {{Cite|W2Man|38}} <ref>''[[The Last Guardian]]''</ref>
   
 
*'''Minn'da''' = Mama<ref>''[[Descent]]'', 16</ref>
 
*'''Minn'da''' = Mama<ref>''[[Descent]]'', 16</ref>
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*'''[[Quel'dorei]]''' = "high elves",<ref name="LoC113">''[[Lands of Conflict]]'', 113</ref> or "the high elves".<ref>''[[Magic & Mayhem]]'', 16</ref>{{cite|M&M|16}}
 
*'''[[Quel'dorei]]''' = "high elves",<ref name="LoC113">''[[Lands of Conflict]]'', 113</ref> or "the high elves".<ref>''[[Magic & Mayhem]]'', 16</ref>{{cite|M&M|16}}
   
*'''[[Quel'Thalas]]''' = "High Kingdom" or "High Home"<ref name="LoC113"/>
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*'''[[Quel'Thalas]]''' = "High Kingdom" or "High Home"<ref name="LoC113" />
   
 
*'''[[Quel'Zaram]]''' = High Blade.<ref>''[[Shadows & Light]]'', 172</ref>
 
*'''[[Quel'Zaram]]''' = High Blade.<ref>''[[Shadows & Light]]'', 172</ref>
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*'''Ronae''' = "Peaceful" used in [[Lordaeron]].<ref>''[[Lands of Conflict]]'', 19</ref>
 
*'''Ronae''' = "Peaceful" used in [[Lordaeron]].<ref>''[[Lands of Conflict]]'', 19</ref>
   
*'''Selama ashal'anore''' = Justice for our people.<ref name="Thalassian576"/>
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*'''Selama ashal'anore''' = Justice for our people.<ref name="Thalassian576" />
   
*'''Shindu fallah na!''' = They're breaking through!.<ref name="Thalassian576"/>
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*'''Shindu fallah na!''' = They're breaking through!.<ref name="Thalassian576" />
   
*'''Shin'do Sin'dorei!''' = Glory to the Sin'dorei
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*'''Shin'do Sin'dorei!''' = Glory to the Sin'dorei <sup><span title="This claim needs references to reliable sources" style="white-space: nowrap;">[''citation needed'']</span></sup>
   
*'''Shorel'aran''' = Farewell.<ref name="Thalassian576"/>
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*'''Shorel'aran''' = Farewell.<ref name="Thalassian576" />
   
*'''[[Sin'dorei]]''' = Children of the blood. This could also be interpreted as "people of the bloodline", referring to the continuation of the line of the [[Highborne]].<ref name="Thalassian576"/>
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*'''[[Sin'dorei]]''' = Children of the blood. This could also be interpreted as "people of the bloodline", referring to the continuation of the line of the [[Highborne]].<ref name="Thalassian576" />, this is also said to mean [[Blood Elves]] by [[Kael'thas Sunstrider]]<ref>[[Fury of the Sunwell]] <\ref>
   
 
*'''Sinu a'manore''' = Well met.<ref name="Thalassian576"/>
 
*'''Sinu a'manore''' = Well met.<ref name="Thalassian576"/>
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*'''Sunstrider''' = "he who walks the day"<ref name="Thalassian576"/>
 
*'''Sunstrider''' = "he who walks the day"<ref name="Thalassian576"/>
   
*'''Vendel'o eranu''' = "Help me forget".<ref>''[[Beyond the Dark Portal]]'', 204</ref><ref>''[[Beyond the Dark Portal]]'', 238</ref>
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*'''Vendel'o eranu''' = "Help me forget".<nowiki><ref>''[[Beyond the Dark Portal]]'', 204</ref><ref></nowiki>''[[Beyond the Dark Portal]]'', 238</ref>
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* '''Tal anu'men no Sin'dorei!''' — Death to all who oppose the Children of the Blood. [https://twitter.com/Loreology/status/377918675669770241 Reference]
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* The booty = Sen'adore
   
 
===High elven names===
 
===High elven names===
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{{Cite|WoWRPG|37}}
 
{{Cite|WoWRPG|37}}
   
=== Untranslated words or phrases ===
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=== Untranslated words or phrases ===
 
* '''[[An'daroth]]''' — One of the three [[Ghostlands]] Darnassian spy encampments. Possibly Darnassian?
 
* '''[[An'daroth]]''' — One of the three [[Ghostlands]] Darnassian spy encampments. Possibly Darnassian?
 
* '''[[An'owyn]]''' — One of the three [[Ghostlands]] Darnassian spy encampments. Possibly Darnassian?
 
* '''[[An'owyn]]''' — One of the three [[Ghostlands]] Darnassian spy encampments. Possibly Darnassian?
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* '''Bandal!''' — High Nethermancer Zerevor
 
* '''Bandal!''' — High Nethermancer Zerevor
 
* '''Belesa menoor!''' — High Nethermancer Zerevor
 
* '''Belesa menoor!''' — High Nethermancer Zerevor
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* '''Danil''' - "Peak"
 
* '''Diel fin'al.''' — [[High Nethermancer Zerevor]]
 
* '''Diel fin'al.''' — [[High Nethermancer Zerevor]]
 
* '''[[Elrendar]]''' — a [[Quel'Thalas]] river and a waterfall, both fed by a lake with the same name.
 
* '''[[Elrendar]]''' — a [[Quel'Thalas]] river and a waterfall, both fed by a lake with the same name.
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* '''Felomin ashal''' — Kael'thas in [[Magister's Terrace]]
 
* '''Felomin ashal''' — Kael'thas in [[Magister's Terrace]]
 
* '''[[Isle of Quel'Danas|Quel'Danas]]''' — Island home of the [[dragonhawk]]s and location of the [[Sunwell]].
 
* '''[[Isle of Quel'Danas|Quel'Danas]]''' — Island home of the [[dragonhawk]]s and location of the [[Sunwell]].
* '''[[Quel'Lithien]]''' — A quel'dorei lodge in [[Eastern Plaguelands]], and location of the Silvermoon City Register.
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* '''[[Quel'Lithien]]''' — A quel'dorei lodge in [[Eastern Plaguelands]], and location of the Silvermoon City Register.
 
* '''Selama am'oronor!''' — [[High Nethermancer Zerevor]]
 
* '''Selama am'oronor!''' — [[High Nethermancer Zerevor]]
 
* '''Selama amor'anore!''' — Gathios the Shatterer
 
* '''Selama amor'anore!''' — Gathios the Shatterer
 
* '''[[Shalandis]]''' — An island off the coast of the western [[Ghostlands]], headquarters of Darnassian spying missions against Silvermoon City.
 
* '''[[Shalandis]]''' — An island off the coast of the western [[Ghostlands]], headquarters of Darnassian spying missions against Silvermoon City.
 
* '''[[Shan'dor]]''' — One of the runestones protecting [[Eversong]] from the plague.
 
* '''[[Shan'dor]]''' — One of the runestones protecting [[Eversong]] from the plague.
* '''Tal anu'men no Sin'dorei!''' — High Astromancer Solarian
 
 
*'''[[Tel'thas, Dagger of the Blood King|Tel'thas]]''' - Dagger of the Blood King
 
*'''[[Tel'thas, Dagger of the Blood King|Tel'thas]]''' - Dagger of the Blood King
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*'''Thalas''' - "High" ((Thalas)sian = High Elven, Quel'(Thalas) = High Home)
 
*'''Thalas'din belore''' - inscripted on [[Fal'inrush, Defender of Quel'thalas (heroic)|Fal'inrush, Defender of Quel'thalas]].
 
*'''Thalas'din belore''' - inscripted on [[Fal'inrush, Defender of Quel'thalas (heroic)|Fal'inrush, Defender of Quel'thalas]].
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*'''Zaram '''- "Blade"
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[[Category:Languages]]
   
 
==Thalassian speculation==
 
==Thalassian speculation==
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=== Darnassian vs. Thalassian speculation ===
 
=== Darnassian vs. Thalassian speculation ===
Of note, [[Kael'thas]] greeted [[Tyrande]] and [[Maiev]] with "Ishnu'Alah" when [[Shards of the Alliance|they met]] in the Plaguelands. This may mean that some of the words still have the same meaning in both languages, or that some phrases have, over thousands of years, lost their offensive implications in their respective languages.
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Of note, [[Kael'thas]] greeted [[Tyrande]] and [[Maiev]] with "Ishnu'Alah" when [[Shards of the Alliance|they met]] in the Plaguelands. This may mean that some of the words still have the same meaning in both languages, or that some phrases have, over thousands of years, lost their offensive implications in their respective languages. It also could be that Kael'thas knew Darnassian.
   
 
=== History speculation ===
 
=== History speculation ===

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Thalassian is the language of the high elves, half-elves, half blood-elves, and blood elves — a derivative of the Darnassian language of the night elves. It has both written and spoken equivalents. Individuals who are unfamiliar with the language's proper name may refer to it as high elven (not to be confused with the language Elven).

Like Nazja, Thalassian is derived from the Darnassian language.[1] The elder tongue is almost forgotten.[2] Hence, Thalassian is closely related to Darnassian and there is some overlap between the two languages. Further Darnassian utterances have therefore have been preserved in modern Thalassian.[1]

So far, linguistic scholars have opted to err on the side of caution in documenting Darnassian terms and phrases that are also considered part of the Thalassian language. Certainly this issue, however delicate, merits further research. Nevertheless, addressing a blood elf (not a high elf, with perhaps a few exceptions, as they are a neutral faction now and some lean toward the alliance) with a Darnassian-specific word or phrase can be considered offensive or foolish, and so the speaker must handle the situation with care.[1]

This is one of the four known elven dialects.[3]

Thalassian Primer (official translations)Edit

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

  • Al diel shala = Safe travels.[1]
  • Ama noral'arkhana = Saved by magic.[1]
  • Anar'alah = "By the light"[4]
  • Anar'alah belore = By the light of the sun.[1]
  • Anaria shola = Speak your business.[1]
  • Anar'endal dracon = By the breath of the dragon.[5][6]
  • Ann'da = Papa[7]
  • Anu belore dela'na = The sun guides us.[1]
  • Aranal = Rise![1]
  • Bal'a dash, malanore = Greetings, traveler.[1]
  • Ban'dinoriel = "Gatekeeper"[8]
  • Band'or shorel'aran — (Roughly) "Prepare to say farewell", spoken by Commander Sarannis, officially translated in the Chinese version of WoW.
  • Bash'a no falor talah! = Taste the chill of true death!,[1] Sylvanas Windrunner (WC3)
  • Belore = "The sun", though can mean to uncover something hidden or unknown if used in Darnassian.[9]
  • Dalah'surfal = My love [citation needed]
  • Doral ana'diel? = How fare you?[1]
  • Felo'melorn = "Flamestrike"[10]
  • Selama ashal'anore = Justice for our people.[1]
  • Shindu fallah na! = They're breaking through!.[1]
  • Shin'do Sin'dorei! = Glory to the Sin'dorei [citation needed]
  • Shorel'aran = Farewell.[1]
  • Sin'dorei = Children of the blood. This could also be interpreted as "people of the bloodline", referring to the continuation of the line of the Highborne.[1], this is also said to mean Blood Elves by Kael'thas Sunstrider[18]
  • Tal anu'men no Sin'dorei! — Death to all who oppose the Children of the Blood. Reference
  • The booty = Sen'adore

High elven namesEdit

The past is a burden to the high elves, yet they maintain naming rituals that are millennia old. Many of the names of elven priests and heroes have become the names used for elves in modern times. The high elves share a connection with the sun that is quite prevalent in their choice of family names.

  • Male Names: Mariel, Athaniar, Anandor, Tharama, Viridiel, Malanior.
  • Female Names: Anarial, Freja, Driana, Coria, Alanassori, Melanion, Azshara.
  • Family Names: Boughstrider, Dawnblade, Lightbringer, Morningray, Suntreader.

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Untranslated words or phrases Edit

Thalassian speculationEdit

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Thalassian word parser Edit

This is the list of words created by the in-game language parser for the Thalassian language, and is listed as language number ten (word range 800-901) in the Language text file.

In the in-game translator, the language parser for Thalassian shares similar words with the Darnassian parser.

Note: The language algorithm used by the in-game "translator" merely makes the words look like Thalassian. It does not actually translate words. Therefore, translated in-game speech isn't truly Thalassian.

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

Translations speculation Edit

For fan translations see Thalassian translation (speculation).

Darnassian vs. Thalassian speculation Edit

Of note, Kael'thas greeted Tyrande and Maiev with "Ishnu'Alah" when they met in the Plaguelands. This may mean that some of the words still have the same meaning in both languages, or that some phrases have, over thousands of years, lost their offensive implications in their respective languages. It also could be that Kael'thas knew Darnassian.

History speculation Edit

After the high elves were exiled from Kalimdor by the night elves, they set up in the Eastern Kingdoms. There, they lived for millennia, cultivating their culture and their magic. Because of their long life spans, Thalassian, as they called their language, still retains parts of the old language. In fact, it is possible that Thalassian is not therefore a separate language, and is merely a dialect of Darnassian. Even if this were the case, however, the two languages would still not be mutually intelligible.

Thalassian Outside the Warcraft Universe Edit

An award-winning song from the 2007 Blizzcon Song Contest was "Belore Shala Diel", sung in Thalassian and English, by Phillip Presswood (Xalea).

References Edit

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