Today, Tor.com released a very detailed analysis of the Old Tongue--the ancient language used during the Age of Legends. Written by Richard Littauer, who is a linguist, this article sheds some light on how Robert Jordan did follow some rules of languages and when he made them up.
This was a very interesting read. Looking at the Old Tongue from an academic and historical perspective was enlightening. Though I had heard several instances of inconsistencies in the dynamics of the Old Tongue, Littauer does a great job of explaining why these phrases can't be constructed into one, cohesive language.
And though Littauer concludes that Jordan was only an amateur linguist, he still sings Jordan's praises:
The fact that people are still delving so deeply into The Wheel of Time amazes me. After all these years, there's still so much left to explore and ponder.
Edited by Mashiara Sedai