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Two humans talking in Novigrad, using the language known as Common Speech

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Triss: You're not learning the local Skellige jargon but classical Elder Speech.
Ciri: And why am I learning the Speech, tell me?
Triss: So that you know it. It's fitting to learn things you don't know. Anyone who doesn't know other languages is handicapped.
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- Triss Merigold and Ciri during the latter's studies, pg. 94, Blood of Elves (U.K. edition)

A language is both a method and a system of communication used by sentient races throughout the world. Some became extinct as time passed, and its native speakers replaced it with a different one.[1]

From the 8th into the 14th century, Common Speech was considered the most widespread language in the Continent,[2] from Kovir and Poviss in the north, all the way down to Ebbing. By the 16th century though, it is considered an endangered or even extinct language.[3]


Writing systems[]

  • Dwarven runes and ideograms – used in the Dwarvish
  • Elder Runes – used in the Elder Speech and the dryad dialect
  • First Runes – used earlier in the Common Speech
  • Modern alphabet – used later in the Common Speech (and at times other languages too)