In The Wheel of Time
, Old Tongue (OT for short) is an ancient language, known only by few scholar
s and spoken fluently maybe by one or two born in current era. Lord
s and noble
s are expected to know Old Tongue, but in practise most know only a few words to impress dumb farmling
Since many of the old recordings are in Old Tongue, many scholars can read (note, read, not speak) it.
See also Old Tongue-English dictionary.