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Why does everyone in Game Of Thrones have a British accent?

What is the reason for the British accents in Game Of Thrones? Specifically in the North and South, not in what is considered foreign lands like Qarth and Meereen. Despite the fact that George R. R. ...
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Is Chekov's accent considered normal, in-universe?

In honor of Anton Yelchin, I have a question about Pavel Chekov. Chekov's Russian accent is irregular. Apparently, Walter Koenig based the accent on that of his father, who had difficulty with the "v"...
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Canonically, what languages has C-3P0 been shown to know?

We all know that C-3P0 is fluent in over six million forms of communication Over the films we see him speak and/or understand Basic, Huttese, Shyriiwook, rudimentary Ewokese and other languages. ...
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How many crew members of the Serenity actually read Chinese?

In a previous question it was asked how many of the crew spoke Mandarin. But how many actually read Chinese as it was used in almost all broadcasts and navigational displays?
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What is “fluffy” in Serenity?

In the Firefly series Joss Whedon often used linguistic devices such as Mandarin Chinese signs, curses, and other assorted phrases to indicate a removal in time and space. To further this, he also ...
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What is the in-world origin of common names of Westeros?

The first names of Westerosi people are quite similar to the names in the real world. However this seems to be contradictory to the in-world history of the continent. The language of Andals called ...
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Why do Schmidt and Zola speak English to one another?

Johann Schmidt and Arnim Zola are the main villains of Captain America: The First Avenger. They both speak German fluently, as do their Nazi colleagues... So why do they speak English to one ...
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Any direct tranlations from Gallifreyan? [duplicate]

If you Google Gallifreyan translator you'll find many fan dictionaries but are there any examples from the show (or even books etc) where a word/phrase is directly translated from Gallifreyan to ...
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What was the common usage of the term “alien” around 1977?

The Alien movie was released in 1979. If you walked up to the average person on the street in 1977 and asked them to think of an alien, what is the first thing that would come to mind: would it be 'a ...
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Did Tolkien invent enough Dwarvish to carry on a conversation?

I read the glossaries of the Lord of the Rings books and it said that the language spoken by the Dwarves was not spoken to others except for a few words. That got me wondering if Tolkien had ever even ...
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How did C3PO know the Ewok Language?

After writing an answer for this question Does the galactic civilisation in Star Wars have a policy towards primitive races? it was brought to my attention that it is possible the Ewoks were known ...
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What's the deal with the Old Enochian language?

In the Laundry Series by Charles Stross, the Old Enochian language: Is used to command the feeders in the night which animate zombies Residual Human Resources. Is used to "invoke a macro" (set off a ...
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Why did the language spoken by the Mountain Men not undergo as many changes as the language spoken by the Grounders?

In the show "The 100", the Grounders speak a language called "Trigedasleng". This language is intended to be a descendant of modern English, and we are to understand that it arose through natural ...
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What language did Hobbits speak before Men?

In Appendix F of The Lord of the Rings we are told that there “is no record of any language peculiar to hobbits. In ancient days they seem always to have used the languages of Men near whom, or among ...
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What did Christopher Tolkien mean by “Tolkien's fifteenth invented language”?

I know this question would usually raise other questions as to what is considered a separate language (e.g. Qenya/Quenya, Gnomish/Sindarin, etc.). The thing is that somewhere there is an official ...
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Could Tolkien write in his languages without using a wordlist?

Were any of his languages developed enough that he could just write or even talk with them without using any kind of dictionary, wordlist, or grammar helper? In other words, did he actually know them?...
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Is this a correct translation into Quenya?

I've translated I am free. I am myself (me). as Nanyë léra, Nanyë immo Based on the fragments I found over at this page. Is my translation correct? Can it be improved to better convey the ...
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In what film/scene was Vulcan calligraphy shown?

I'm trying to identify a scene where I seem to remember Vulcan calligraphy was shown, possibly definitely displayed high on a wall or projected into the air. I remember it was quite impressive looking....
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How many languages does a protocol droid typically know?

Is C3P0's knowledge of 6 million languages at or above average for a protocol droid serving in diplomacy? How many languages does the average protocol droid programmed for the job know?
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Where did Leia Organa learn Ubese?

A separate question asks: What language does Leia speak when disguised as bounty hunter Boushh? Where did Leia Organa learn Ubese? And for what reason would one want to learn this impractical ...
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What language does Leia speak when disguised as bounty hunter Boushh?

In Return of the Jedi, Leia Organa infiltrates the palace of Jabba the Hutt, disguised as a bounty hunter named Boushh who has "captured" Chewbacca. She speaks a rather unusual language, ...
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How do Lilliputians and ladies in England slant their writing?

Gulliver's Travels, part I, chapter VI, opens with a brief description of Lilliputian culture, teasing a forthcoming ethnography (which Swift never actually produced). After describing the average ...
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How many fictional languages did Tolkien create?

Tolkien created many languages. Is there any list of all the languages he invented? How many fictional languages did Tolkien create?
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Is there a canon reference calling droid language “Binary”?

So a question popped up on my sidebar asking about Binary, which is apparently the name given to robot speech in Star Wars (specifically, the very non-binary language used by R2-D2 and similar ...
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Why does Binary exist?

According to Wookiepedia, few organics have directly learnt and understood Binary, and these are mainly people who interact with droids frequently at a technical level, such as pilots, mechanics, ...
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Is Shyriiwook still the name of the Wookiee language in Disney canon?

I'm reading the novelization of The Force Awakens, and the word "Shyriiwook" doesn't appear in the text. Instead, the book refers to it solely as "the Wookiee language". Is "Shyriiwook" still the ...
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Can Chewbacca read and write Basic?

Inspired by this question and by the novelization of The Force Awakens: The novelization of The Force Awakens plays up the problems Finn has in understanding Chewbacca's native language of Shyriiwook....
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Does Polyjuice Potion affect accent/language?

In the Harry Potter books, people who take Polyjuice Potion get the voice as well as the physical appearance of the person they're imitating. Without needing to make an effort, they sound exactly ...
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What are the rules of Yoda’s grammar? [duplicate]

When Yoda speaks, he often uses a distinctive speech pattern that differs from other characters in the Star Wars universe: Take you to him, I will. The dark side of the Force are they. ...
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What does Oliver Queen say in Russian?

In Arrow Season 2, Episode 6 "Keep Your Enemies Closer", Oliver Queen visits a Russian prison to bust someone out of it. There, he says something presumably intimidating in Russian, and which makes ...
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What language do the Kanjiklub speak?

The members of Kanjiklub are humans, and looked (to my eyes anyway) recognizably Asian (great to see this representation in SW!). They spoke a language other than Basic. What was the language? Is it a ...
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If C-3PO can speak “Binary” (aka: droidspeak) then why don’t we ever hear him speaking in bloops and bleeps like R2-D2 and other droids in the movies?

PREFACE: I have seen this other thread and that question is about in-universe explanations but provides no out-of-universe production rationale for omitting some C-3PO “bleeping blooping” scenes which ...
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How can Rey and others understand BB-8 in the Force Awakens?

Spoilers regarding Rey and BB-8 from The Force Awakens below: It seems like everyone can suddenly understand droid speak (from at least BB-8) in The Force Awakens. If I remember correctly, from the ...
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Ender's Game Series - IF Common/Starcommon Rules

Does anyone know the rules for how the language "Common" differs from American English? If I remember correctly, there are a few rules given in Ender in Exile like at least one of our letters is ...
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Why would Bilbo agree to arbitration in the Khuzdul language?

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the Dwarves present Bilbo a contract. It's presumably in Westron, but through the magic of Translation Convention, it appears on-screen in its entirety in English,...
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Why do the Prequels recycle old sounds for R2-D2 and Chewie?

The sounds in the Star Wars universe are usually very unique and diverse. In the original trilogy the sounds made by Chewbacca and R2-D2 seem to be brand new sounds in each film, meaning that R2 and ...
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In Star Wars ep1-3, what non-human characters spoke Basic (English)?

As a followup to this question, what non-human, non-droid characters in the prequel trilogy spoke Basic? It seems like significantly more, but I have not watched these prequels more than twice...
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Did Tolkien think about language evolution when the speakers are immortal?

Tolkien, being a linguist, designed his fictional languages rather carefully. Quenya and Sindarin were closely related, having both descended from the primordial speech of the elves. Tolkien, of ...
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What do the Arabic dialogues in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen say?

At the very beginning of Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, there is this scene where Miss Murray goes to Cairo and there we have some dialogues in Arabic, with no translation. I can work ...
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What is the origin of the term Melange in Dune?

The geriatric spice Melange has been a staple of the Dune saga from the beginning. Mr. Herbert is known to have used Hebrew terms and Islamic undertones as well. Also Prana Bindu sounds like a ...
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What is the meaning of 'Nor' in Cardassian?

In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine we find out that the Cardassian name for the Deep Space Nine space station is "Terok Nor." Later, the Maquis (in The Maquis, Part I) use a protomatter implosion device ...
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Was Huttese based on Klingon?

I came across the below image 'Huttese' script from Star Wars: It struck me immediately as bearing a strong resemblance to Klingon script: So, my question is, is there any evidence to suggest ...
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What language did the first Edain awake speak if they did?

I ask this because I was wondering, since Morgoth came across them first, they had to have had some sort of language in order to communicate with him - or is that not specified?
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What language does Neri from “Ocean Girl” speak?

In the 1994 Australian sci-fi series "Ocean Girl", the main character Neri comes from a different planet, along with her sister Mera and possibly other characters (I don't remember exactly). Were ...
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First story that converts its exposition to a fictional language

I'm pretty certain that there are works of fiction purely in a fictional language. For instance I'd be surprised if some uber-geek hasn't written some fan fiction entirely in Klingon. I also know ...
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Who understands Chewbacca?

Obviously, Han understands Chewbacca (almost) perfectly. In the prequel trilogy, Yoda seems to understand him too. In at least one scene in the original trilogy, C-3PO also understands Chewie, which ...
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In Star Wars, which is more common, thresh or trill herf?

In Star Wars, the Galactic Basic Standard alphabet has the letters thrill (t) and herf (h) but also the letter thresh (th). Which is more common to use: thresh, or trill and herf?
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Ancestral form language fable translation in Prometheus

David studies linguistics during the flight to LV-223. We get to listen and read a fable. Is it written in a real language? What is the name of the language? Can the fable be translated? Approximate ...
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How is his name “Chewbacca”?

Chewbacca (Chewie to his friends) is the Wookiee in the original Star Wars trilogy. We know his name because people other than he say his name. Whenever he speaks, it's in growls and other noises, ...
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What language were Durmstrang classes taught in?

The Durmstrang Institute is the only one of the three wizarding schools appearing in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire which doesn't seem very unified language-wise. We know that English is the ...