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Q&A What events would trigger linguistic hyper-evolution in a spacefaring civilisation?

Let's say that in an alternate universe, humans developed on a relatively small supercontinent, so their languages and cultures were somewhat similar. After a while, all of the nations merged into ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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Q&A Would sound shifts be severe enough for two dialects to be mutually unintelligible after 400 years of no verbal contact?

A group of English-speaking settlers travel to the Earth-like exoplanet of Rataan, which is 5 light years away. They board the generation ship Genesis that will reach Rataan in 200 years (0.25% of ...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by galactic_analyzer‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by galactic_analyzer‭

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Q&A Language that cannot be divided into words?

For the purposes of this post, "word" is defined as a unit of language such that Has some meaning on its own, often relating to the real world. Complex utterances can be formed simply by transmit...

20 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by lirtosiast‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by lirtosiast‭

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Q&A How does an intelligent race which can only perceives microwave develops written language?

Imagine a race of humanoid alien living somewhere in the universe evolves weird sensory organ which can only picks up frequency of light ranging from 800MHz up to 2.5GHz which is in the microwave s...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Could my a highly advance species exist without a written or spoken language

One thing that nearly every multi cellular organism and complex thinking species is communicate, either it be pheromones, chemicals, chirps and sounds, symbols and shapes, to even complex sentences...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by RotNDecay‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by RotNDecay‭

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Q&A Creating Fictional Slavic Place Names

I have a very simple question regarding a small problem I cannot find a single satisfying answer to. I am trying to create a country with a prominent Slavic culture. In my story, an alien world has...

11 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Noah‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Noah‭

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Q&A How to name places that have multiple names?

When designing a world it is convenient to decide how places will be named: Elements like the continents and the oceans. However, it is likely that the different cultures of the world will not ag...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Vincent‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Vincent‭

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Q&A You need to disguise a manual as the diary of a madman. How?

Let's say you are creating secret instructions for a new, very dangerous weapon. You have decided to encrypt the instructions. But you do not want anyone to guess that these notes are encrypted! S...

18 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Exerion‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Exerion‭

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Q&A What kind of/How a secret language could be developed in middle ages by a secret society?

1350 AD. A secret society is recruiting adepts in Rome, Florence, Paris, Wien, Prague and London; well-educated people in high ranks of nobility, catholic church, engineers, professors and knights....

14 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by guido‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by guido‭

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Q&A Writing system of blind, sea dwelling sentients?

So let's consider a species of blind, sea dwelling, squid-like aliens. They are sentient, intelligent and highly social. As their societies develop and their available knowledge increases they req...

11 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by AngelPray‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by AngelPray‭

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Q&A Which sounds could a tongueless person produce?

In my world, officials dealing with sensitive information have their tongues amputated. Naturally writing and a special, government-only sign-language are the main forms of communication, but crea...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by A Lambent Eye‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by A Lambent Eye‭

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Q&A How would language be affected if humans had animal-like mouths?

Every single depiction out there seems to think that animal teeth and/or mouth are no problem for a perfect speech-therapist approved pronunciation. For instance the Cat People. They never have an...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Udon Nomaneim‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Udon Nomaneim‭

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Q&A Speaking three sentences at the same time?

TL;DR - I want my angelic race to have the ability to speak in a way in which up to three sentences are communicated at the same time. (Assume English for the sake of simplicity. I want physiolo...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Sora Tamashii‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Sora Tamashii‭

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Q&A Verbally communicating with a no-lips, no-nosed, spiked tooth alien

In my world, humans encounter an alien species. They want to communicate verbally with each other, so I'd like to know what sounds could be shared by both species. The species has no/very thin li...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Thatguypat‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Thatguypat‭

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Q&A How could a species that breathes through its skin develop spoken language?

I've been working on a fantasy race recently of sentient bipedal salamanders (sorta) and was talking with a friend about them until one of us realised that since they're amphibians they would breat...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Agrisan‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Agrisan‭

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Q&A The language of Duckburg: Calisota German

My Calisota, which is located in the north of what we know as California and largely resembles the universe seen in German-language Disney comics (Lustiges Taschenbuch), except for the absence of a...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by MedwedianPresident‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by MedwedianPresident‭

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Q&A Language features of solitary mesocarnivorous humanoids

The Background I have a species of intelligent humanoids roughly modelled after bears. They're hulking great grizzly-sized solitary mesocarnivores. Genus Homo and descended from H. sapiens, but si...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Ynneadwraith‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Ynneadwraith‭

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Q&A 5x5 Biome Scale possibility?

My world has a conlang that heavily emphasizes words in 'grades' of 5. For example the words for issues are grouped as: Danger-Threat-Risk-Hazard-Situation. Usually it isn't hard to find a set of ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by LambdaBeta‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by LambdaBeta‭

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Q&A Why would robots use verbal communication?

Robots (intelligent machines using some form of artificial intelligence), are central to the plot in a snippet I'm working on. These robots do not have to interact with humans on a regular basis: m...

16 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by QuiquÈ…‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by QuiquÈ…‭

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Q&A How could names plausibly change over several generations of humans living in a space station on another planet?

I'm worldbuilding for a story in which a certain portion of the population relocates to a slightly habitable planet due to the complete inhabitability of Earth. It takes place several generations a...

13 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by miffed.muffin‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by miffed.muffin‭

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Q&A Create a civilization out of our domesticated animals - The Dolittle plan

Human civilization really took off when individuals started to interact with each other, in language and trade and settlements. The transition from stone age to our space faring civilization of tod...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by LocalFluff‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by LocalFluff‭

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Q&A How could robots learn the new language of the human?

There is a community of androids living in the ruins of Fresno after the apocalypse. They trade with the local humans for fusion batteries which they need for power. It is essential that they are a...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Talos 6‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Talos 6‭

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Q&A How would a two-speak language evolve? (Spoken and Sign-Language)

So I'm creating an original world with a number of creatures, and original peoples. One of the peoples has a two-speak language. One element, the base of the language, is based off of local mytholo...

9 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by ViktorCogandGear‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by ViktorCogandGear‭

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Q&A Star system that isn't the Sun: words for "sunlight"

Language revolving around the Sun would probably not be used on a planet with a different star, right? For example, if a planet was orbiting Sirius, "siriuslight" or "siriusburn" seems a tad clunky...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Ryneth‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Ryneth‭

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Q&A Language Divergence on a Lost Colony

I've read several of the questions about language shifting and diffusion here, and it has unfortunately left me more unsure of things than I was before. Situation: Colonists on an arid planet s...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Dan Clarke‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Dan Clarke‭

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Q&A How could public key cryptography evolve in a biological system?

Pssst! Come here! Imagine an ecosystem where animals have evolved highly developed mimicry of each other's calls (perhaps they have the universal vocal apparatus discussed in earlier question...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by JDługosz‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by JDługosz‭

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Q&A What would Alien Talking Heads sound like?

We know from the International Pronunciation Alphabet (IPA) and the research that gave us the IPA, what sounds typically used in human speech (certainly not all sounds that can be made). This is al...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Green‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Green‭

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Q&A How would having pronounced lower tusks affect or impede language?

I am currently in the early stages of mapping out a conlang for a race of boar-people. I was stumped trying to think of what limitations, if any, having pronounced lower tusks would have on the de...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Pleiades‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Pleiades‭

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Q&A Language mixing, shifting, and drifting (Space colony lingua franca)

My space colonists (160 people) are mostly scientists with at least two advanced degrees and some research experience. They all speak English because it is a language of science today. However, the...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Olga‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Olga‭

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Q&A Abstract Graphics for indicating emotions

What kinds of abstract colors, shapes, and other compositional elements could be used to indicate various emotions? My story features an artificial intelligence that's embodied in an industrial pr...

10 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by JDługosz‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by JDługosz‭

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Q&A How could scents develop into a full language?

Human (spoken) languages have a great variety in terms of grammar and what the basic elements are, but they have essential features in common in terms of being a time sequence of phonetic primitive...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by JDługosz‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by JDługosz‭

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Q&A How expressive is a color-based language?

In the answers to this question I learned that some cephalopods communicate via color: Some cephalopods are capable of rapid changes in skin color and pattern through nervous control of chromat...

20 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A What are some assumptions we could make about the linguistics of a civilization evolved from birds?

Suppose they have non-flexible beaks, but they still posses vocal cords and a tongue capable of producing the same sounds as humans. Variation of these bird-people are as follows: What types of ...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by joao sturza‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by joao sturza‭

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Q&A Vocal hardware required for a single creature to communicate with any land animal?

The Question: So, in my fantasy world, I have a race of human-like creatures that can talk to any land animal. The basic question is what kind of and how many voice boxes would this race need to be...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by user29032‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by user29032‭

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Q&A How does one approach phonology notation for a non-human constructed language?

A bit of background on what I'm developing: I'm trying to develop a language for an alien race with completely different biology to humans. It's still in the very early stages, so the exact form is...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by wleightond‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by wleightond‭

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Q&A "Alien" superintelligence learning human languages

A quote from Story of Your Life (the short novel that Arrival movie is based on) Colonel Weber frowned. "You seem to be implying that no alien could have learned human languages by monitoring o...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Lupetto‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Lupetto‭

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Q&A Civilized Dolphins and their Record Keeping

On the Life Ball of my fantasy stories, a particular species of delphinidae- I call them black dolphins- have evolved and advanced at least as much as humans and other intelligent races. A prior q...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by cobaltduck‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by cobaltduck‭

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Q&A Would sharing a common written language reduce the severity of linguistic drift?

In my setting the known worlds have recently begun coming out of a medieval stasis after about two thousand years; the lucky worlds at least. Prior to the event that destroyed their technology and ...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Trismegistus‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Trismegistus‭

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Q&A On aliens, how do they speak?

A common problem I have with modern science fiction and fantasy (Halo, Mass Effect, Narnia etc) is that the aliens and animals are somehow able to speak in perfect human speech. How does an alien o...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭

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Q&A What would modern language look like if humans also communicated via bio-luminescence?

Suppose human beings have evolved markings covering the face and hairs. The cells contain a colony of bacterium capable of producing multiple arrays of visible light. Each bacteria reacts differen...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Deaf aliens interpreting sound waves

I'm writing a story about an alien race that is blind and deaf: They communicate based on touch and scent, and have a tech level generally similar to us. I'm assuming that they can measure frequen...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Karen‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Karen‭

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Q&A If I had an alien race, how would they interpret our numerical characters as being numbers?

So say we discovered aliens through a wormhole near Saturn (Interstellar anyone?). Congratz to us! But we have a bigger issue in trying to communicate with them. They developed in a completely dif...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Anoplexian - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Anoplexian - Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A Could an Emotional IPA be created?

So, I just had an idea inspired by This question here while simultaneously listening to a video about language... Could we make a sort of International Phonetic Alphabet for Emotions and States of...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Durakken‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Durakken‭

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Q&A Nomenclature for software beings

I've seen the terms posthuman and transhuman used in fairly generic ways. But given a setting with several types of beings, what consistent naming convention could be used? I suppose the vulgar ter...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by JDługosz‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by JDługosz‭

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Q&A What phonemes would a snouted animal (e.g. dog or cat) be able to pronounce?

Assuming human-style vocal cords, what phonemes would a snouted animal be able to produce? I'm looking at developing a conlang (or several) for a setting, and it has several humanoid species with p...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Aerdan‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Aerdan‭

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Q&A Is there a reason to believe that programming languages are going to converge?

On Earth today, even though most people speak some English, there is seemingly no reason to believe that future generation's main language will be the same in decades/centuries to come (i.e., we'll...

20 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Sheraff‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Sheraff‭

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Q&A How can I make an alphabet for a fictional dialect of a real language?

The following post is copy-pasted from a similar question on Reddit: Apparently, I already started work on the story and it turns out, that I have Ganymede speaking a fictional Russian dialect ca...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Future Historian‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Future Historian‭

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Q&A Abstract conversation on an interspecies level

Inspired by this question: Talking animals in a parallel universe I wonder, would it be possible, if there were more species which created their own abstract means of communication, would they b...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by ban_lonely_days‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by ban_lonely_days‭

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Q&A What are ways plants might be communicating with one another without people realizing it?

Our war with the plants has been unending for thousands of years. And we don't even know it exists. Plants strategize, doing their best to survive, but the humans are relentless. Constant removal ...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by DoubleDouble‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by DoubleDouble‭

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Q&A Would communication lag stop language developing in a space-borne race?

Imagine for a few moments that despite the difficulty a race has evolved in space, away from any atmosphere (perhaps a species of space jellyfish). This race exists in a fairly 'noisy' nebula, but...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Joe Bloggs‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Joe Bloggs‭