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The Dawnchant is believed to be a lost - even a dead - language on Roshar.[1]

Anak malah kaf, del makian habin yah.
To be human is to want that which we cannot have.

–According to Navani, this is a line from a song, a chant by the Vanrial, written in Dawnchant by the Heralds themselves.[2]

The Vanrial, an order of artists who live on the slopes of the Silent Mountain in Jah Keved, have for centuries sung these same words and claim that they were written in Dawnchant by the Heralds. However, while they have the words of those songs, any knowledge of the meaning of those ancient scripts have been lost and those vocalizations are now just sounds.[2]

These songs were collected in Corvana's Analectics and some scholars believe that the script and the songs themselves may indeed be in the Dawnchant.[2]

Navani fully believes that Dalinar spoke in the Dawnchant during his vision, as recorded above, and believes that he may have cracked one of the most perplexing - and ancient - mysteries of all time in so doing. Further, she believes that Dalinar's visionary speech confirms that his visions are real.[2]

PronunciationEdit

After Shallan is ensconced in Sebarial's manor in the warcamps on the Shattered Plains, she reviews the maps contained within Jasnah's recovered trunk from the debacle of the Wind's Pleasure. Pattern determined that there were patterns in the language in which the maps were written and tried sounding them out. Jasnah had said that several of them were thought to have been written in Dawnchant. Pattern begins reading and Shallan acknowledges that he's reading in Dawnchant.[1]

Shallan determines that an h sound can be for any letter; that it is currently written as the symmetrical letter, to make the word balance, but also that modern society adds a diacritical mark to indicate that it sounds like a h so the word is easier to say.[1]

"Behardan, you said? Maybe Bajerden ... Nohadon himself." [1]

SpeculationEdit

If Dalinar's conversation with Nohadon[2] was indeed in Dawnchant and not just some part of the vision, then it would appear that Dawnchant was the common language in Alethela, during the Heraldic Epochs.

What I wouldn't give for a way to translate the Dawnchant.

–Presumably one of Jasnah's notes, while searching for information on the Voidbringers.[3]

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