Sillan language

Not to be confused with Sila language.
Native to Silla
Region Korea
Extinct gave rise to Middle Korean
  • Silla
Language codes
ISO 639-3 oko (Old Korean)
Glottolog sill1240[1]

The Three Kingdoms of Korea, with Silla in red

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

It is generally accepted that Silla language was similar to that of Goguryeo and Baekje.[2] 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, though that is commonly used as a cover term for all three languages of the Three Kingdoms.

See also


  1. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Silla". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. 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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