// Truth be told, I was not the one who officially pin-pointed French as being Noxus’ old language, but credits goes to generalswain in collaboration with matronoftheblackrose (reading their posts and RP’s, I eventually picked up their headcanon).
To be completely honest, I didn’t give this much thought, but if I were to go on a hunch … I believe that at some point in time, before the first Rune Wars, Demacia and Noxus was one super-state, else I can’t seem to explain the apparent similarities between the two (being the source of French-sounding names like DuCouteau/Leblanc for Noxus and Buvelle/Laurent
+ FIORA HAS A DAMN FRENCH ACCENT NEED I SAY MORE?)
To start off with a list, it would be something like:
Ancient Valorian (Encompassing the center of the continent, including Demacia+Noxus): Latin
Old Noxus: French
Old Demacian: This is … going to be difficult to pin-point accurately, but I am going with a hunch that it is one of the Romance languages (starting from Latin) and having to pick between Italian and Romanian … I feel I might go with the former. So Old Demacian is Italian, after my hunch. Don’t ask me why
Ancient Shurimani: Egyptian Hieroglyphs?
Common Shurimani: Arabic languages (I leave this to ask-sivir's expertise)
Ancient Freljordian: Ancient Nordic Language?
Common Freljordian: I’m going to randomly throw out Dutch.
Piltover: I’m going to go with English as well as variations/dialects, mostly because I -don’t- think Piltover has any kind of seniority compared to the other city-states to have established its own language (how old is Piltover? I don’t think it has more than 300 years of historical existence, compared to Valoran’s 5k+ age)
Common Valorian (the international language): English
Ionia: Depending on regions, it can vary between Japanese, Chinese and Korean.
This is just my hunches and first impressions, so anyone who has more substantial analysis and explanations to offer are free to do so.
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I’m not one of them, but i see a few flaws on that exposition. First, languages evolve through human interaction, so i will explain this a little.
First, we’ve got so far a somewhat “Imperial” Language, spoken natively by all the population of central Valoran. Alongside this, there is a couple of tongues northwards (old freljordian or Iceborn tongue, and a norhteastern language) and another few southwards (ancient shuriman and whatever the yordles spoke at that time). Ionia has his own ancient speech too.
Then, maybe because of the first Rune Wars, that could have been a civil war, why not, the old empire collapses and is followed by a series of rump-states, each making the language evolve on his own way. So, we get a couple of western dialects, and an eastern one. Freljordian could possibly have interacted with the north-western dialects (kalamandan) and the north-eastern languages (old piltovian), whilst at the same time the eastern dialect and the old zaunite could have interacted with each other.
In the shout a similar process could have ensued, thus making the shuriman, urtistan, and icathian variants, being possible that one of those influenced yordle-speech.
This way, various sister tongues appeared, mutually interlegible, but drifting apart from each other because of isolation, and external influences.
In a third stage, we could have seen the dawning of the current languages, each with their own language group, common lexic constructions and words, etc etc.
How to explain this more easily, and in a way all could understand? If we assume that the old language is latin, then we can explain why Piltovian is english. English evolved based on the celtic language spoken in the british isles, but influenced by the saxon and anglic languages (nordic in essence), and later this old anglo-saxon language was influenced by French to a great degree, thus making old english, and nowadays, English.
See what i did here? The primordial language of the northeaster region was first influenced by the freljordian (wich takes the place of the nordic influence in celtic) and later by another tongue, the old demacian and kalamandan (taking the place of French). And thus, Piltovian is born.
The cool thing about this is that, with this scheme, we can explain the relationships between the languages of the continent in a logical way.
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I’ll make a mental note to tag you in these kind of matters next time. <3