Silla language

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Native toSilla
ExtinctGave rise to Middle Korean in the 10th century
Language codes
ISO 639-3oko (Old Korean)
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Pre-Later Silla at its height in 576.

The Silla language or Sillan, was a Koreanic language spoken in the ancient kingdom of Silla (57 BCE – 935 CE), one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea.[2]

It is generally accepted that Silla language was similar to that of Goguryeo and Baekje.[3] Literary records of the Silla language, such as hyangga, are more numerous than those for the languages of Goguryeo and Baekje. Sillan is sometimes considered to be synonymous with Old Korean, but that is commonly used as a cover term for all three languages of the Three Kingdoms.

The modern Korean language, including the Jeju language, which is sometimes considered as a dialect of Korean, are descended from Sillan.

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  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Silla". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ Bellwood, Peter (2013). The Global Prehistory of Human Migration. Malden: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 9781118970591.
  3. ^ 김수경(1989), 세나라 시기 언어 력사에 관한 남조선 학계의 견해에 대한 비판적 고찰 (Criticism of South Korea's Views on the Linguistic History of the Three Kingdoms Period)

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