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The Han languages were a group of languages spoken in Kara-Tur.[1][2] [note 1]

It comprised a number of languages descended from the root Han language, including Koryo, Kozakuran, and Wa-an, and possibly others.[2]

Kozakuran and Wa-an remained closely related; some considered them only different dialects of the same language. There was perhaps 65% comprehension between the two.[3]

Koryo's vocabulary comprised many words evolved from the old Han tongue, as well as loanwords from Wa-an and Kao te Shou that had been borrowed over centuries. Koryo's vocabulary was very different to that of Kozakuran, but its grammar was very similar. Koryo sounded more like Wa-an than Kao te Shou, but it was as simple to use as Shou.[1][2]

Thus most folk of Shou Lung, Wa, and even Kozakura found the Koryo language relatively easy to pick up, and most Koryoans in turn found Kao te Shou, Wa-an, and Kozakuran easy to learn as well[2]

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NotesEdit

  1. No source has explicitly defined a "Han languages" linguistic group, though there is a group of languages descended from Han. This article follows the organization developed in the "Speaking in Tongues" article in Dragon Annual #4, used for other languages articles on this wiki.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Mike Pondsmith, Jay Batista, Rick Swan, John Nephew, Deborah Christian (1988). Kara-Tur: The Eastern Realms (Volume II). (TSR, Inc), p. 120. ISBN 0-88038-608-8.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Curtis Smith and Rick Swan (1990). Ronin Challenge. (TSR, Inc), pp. 86, 87. ISBN 0-88038-749-1.
  3. Mike Pondsmith, Jay Batista, Rick Swan, John Nephew, Deborah Christian (1988). Kara-Tur: The Eastern Realms (Volume II). (TSR, Inc), p. 172. ISBN 0-88038-608-8.

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