Trollhammer, you explained so many things so well. I'm taking a few notes right now on how to reconcile a few problems (not with the language per se but the chronology and explanations of the development). The fact that communication with trolls and preservers would have had to have been all verbal is probably the only reason why the elves/high ones/coneheads even maintained a verbal language at all. So glad to have all the help. You, Jeb and Embala are all solving problems I hadn't yet realized even existed.