Welcome to the fascinating world of the Talossan language. A number of books
have been written about the language that can provide the student with all
the information one would need to become fluent in our national language. This page and other pages here at the Website of the Kingdom are meant to provide you with a basic overview of the features of the language. Once your appetite is whetted, we hope you continue by joining and participating in the Kingdom's organized Talossan language discussion group.
Created by King Robert I (R. Ben Madison, the Founder and first King of the Kingdom of Talossa), the national language of Talossa quickly became a living language, spoken by a growing number of people who contribute to its continual growth and evolution.
Founded by King Robert I in 1983, the Comità per l'Útzil del Glheþ is the private organisation that studies, instructs in, and oversees the Talossan language. This body periodically issues Arestadas to revise, clarify, and explain the vocabulary, grammar, and usage of the national language. The CÚG also produces learning materials, and stands ready to assist anyone to become 'n Ladintsch (a Talossan language speaker).
At its heart, Talossan is a Romance language, in that it descends from Latin ("Old Talossan") and resembles its more modern derivatives, such as Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Occitan, Sardinian, Sicilian, Catalan, and Rumanian. Its pronunciation, however, reminds many hearers of Slavic or Germanic languages.
Talossan has been called the "Romance English" because, although it retains the characteristics it shares with other Romance languages, the Talossan vocabulary, like that of English, has grown by a liberal borrowing from languages of tremendously varied sources. As in English, it is quite common to find words taken from Italic, Slavic, Germanic, and Celtic roots all sharing space in the same sentence.
Your introduction to Talossan can continue using any of the links at the top of this page. Also, visit the Kingdom's Glheþ Talossan (Talossan Language) Forum to read our latest linguistic discussions!
Central and North Talossa, looking northwest