Questions about languages, whether alien, fantasy, or human.

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How is Eowyn written in language of Rohan

How is Eowyn, shield maiden of Rohan written in Rohirric (is that the language of Rohan?)?
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Is there a guide to Orkan language?

In the TV Series Mork and Mindy, we see a few words that are Orkan (see below). Is there actually a guide/dictionary of Orkan language? (Mork and Mindy Wikia)
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Short story about English Language Transformation?

I read a short short SF story in the early 80's (I think it was an Asimov collection). The story wasn't more than 5 pages in a paperback and conjectured what English would look like in the future ...
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How accurate is the Chinese spoken in Firefly?

In the Firefly-verse, Western and Eastern cultures are mixed and many people inject Chinese into their speaking habits, usually to swear (a la frakking and frelling). Can anyone with knowledge of ...
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In Thor: The Dark World, what is the name of the language that Malekith and the other svartalfr speak?

I find answers acceptable in the following order: Name from the script of Thor: The Dark World. Name specific to this language in Marvel comic books that make mention of the dark elves. The correct ...
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Did Tolkien's contemporaries know Quenya?

Tolkien famously interacted with several other writers, most notably CS Lewis, as he was working on The Lord of the Rings and his other works. But did any of those writer friends really delve into ...
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Were any portions of Tolkien's writing truly “translated”?

Part of what gives Tolkien's writings such weight and power is that they feel like they belong alongside Beowulf and the Odyssey, translated epics from another era. Even the way he writes, slightly ...
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Where can I find the black speech dialog used in 'Desolation of Smaug'?

I want to read the actual Black Speech sentences uttered by the Orcs and by Sauron in 'The Desolution of Smaug'. Does anybody know what they were or where can I find them?
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How do I pronounce “Sauron”?

I have always pronounced Sauron like 'S-ow-ron', after reading Appendix E of the Lord of the Rings, but now I just listened to this recording of Tolkien reciting the Eagles' Song, and it sounds like ...
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How many alien languages are spoken on screen in the entire Babylon 5 series?

In In the Beginning I know that Minbari is spoken briefly (I believe they opt to segue into English rather than use subtitles, but correct me if I'm wrong on that... it's been awhile). Narn and ...
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Languages of Mass Effect

Aside from short phrases like "keelah se'lai" and names like "Sur'Kesh," do we ever get samples of fictional languages in the Mass Effect universe? For the most part that franchise uses the normal ...
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Are groats defined in Game of Thrones?

Just moved on to Book 4 A Feast for Crows and found this word sticking out at me in a few chapters: Groat. It pops up twice in one chapter with Cersei saying something like "so-and-so is not worth ...
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Are the middle earth languages spoken in the LOTR/Hobbit films faithfully pronounced from the texts written by Tolkien?

As most Star Trek fans know, Klingon is now a spoken language. Are the middle earth languages spoken in the LOTR/Hobbit films faithfully pronounced from the texts written by Tolkien? To clarify, when ...
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Harry Potter spell languages? [duplicate]

In HP, do Wizards from different nationalities have different names for spells, and if so do they have to pronounce them as such during the casting? It seems that more veteran wizards don't seem to ...
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I want to speak the Goa'uld language, where to get started?

I want to learn how to speak Goa'uld. I know it's weird but I was wondering if anyone could show me some good sites that can help me.
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How do the Amazons of Themyscira know English?

It would seem that they cut themselves off from civilization and it's considered a Greek island. How would they even know what English is?
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Quenya for “hold” as in “to hold a belief”

Does anyone know if there is any word in Quenya that is well suited for translating “hold” as in “to hold a belief?” The context if “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost: ...
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Trying to remember a novel with an efficient alien language

I remember reading this science fiction novel several years ago. Here's what I remember (or think I remember) about the story: Coded transmissions are intercepted right before assassinations are ...
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After Earth: The characters use English. That isn't realistic, considering the setting, I mean — or is it?

According to Wikipedia, the plot goes as follows: In the near future, after humanity abandoned Earth after cataclysmic events, they re-established society on the planet Nova Prime, light years ...
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Looking for canon Quenya and Sindarin dictionary

Are there any canonical English <-> Elvish dictionaries, that means with no added material? Some Grammar would also be useful.
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What do we know about the Black Speech of Mordor?

We know the Ring Verse (Ash Nazg . . .), and single words like 'Ghâsh' (Fire). Do we know any more about canonical Black Speech?
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Was Picard speaking French and being translated the entire time?

Someone forwarded me this link titled Sudden Star Trek realization : (Also found on reddit) So, is there any clue that indicate that Picard is really speaking French and being translated to ...
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What does Q*Bert say when he dies?

When the classic Q*Bert character dies, he says something that sounds like an alien language: What is he supposed to be saying, exactly?
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Does the beeping language of R2-D2 follow any rules? [duplicate]

Creating the beeps and sounds that make up R2's language consisted of electronically synthesised and human-generated sounds: R2-D2's personality was developing like a toddler's, and Burtt ...
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Was the Wookie language fully designed or is it just random emotionally-relevant sounds?

We know that some of the other Star Wars languages were fairly well developed by the movie's creators, in terms of vocabulary, grammar, etc. Was the Wookie language designed in this level of detail ...
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Is it possible to understand what R2-D2 is saying?

I often find myself in Null Void when someone talks to an Astromech droid flawlessly. How can I understand voice of an Astromech like R2-D2? Is it like an advanced version of morse code or ...
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Is the Doctor Who episode 'Blink' the first use of the phrase “timey-wimey”?

Was the phrase "timey-wimey" (or time-y wimey) used in Doctor Who, or elsewhere, before it appeared in the script of the 2007 episode "Blink"?
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What story features an alien who lands on a warring earth and maintains he could stop it if he taught humans his language?

I have been told about a story and wondered if anyone could tell me what it is/where it comes from? The plot is: An alien visitor (crash?) lands on earth Alien is taken prisoner by humans Alien ...
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Who discovered the Engineer's language (and how it sounded)?

On the trip to the Engineer's world, David was learning to speak their language. But where did the lessons come from? On the star maps that were left, they showed a few symbols, but a) there don't ...
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Why do alien cultures tend to have one language, one religion etc

What are some common logical reasons given within any sci-fi universe for the lack of cultural diversity within a single alien race? Examples of what I mean: Star Trek: Vulcans come from Vulcan and ...
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Was Aragorn's First Language Elvish?

Aragorn was taken to Rivendell by his mother when he was two years old; presumably he lived in Rivendell for some time, as in one of the Peter Jackson movies he mentions to, I believe, Éowyn that he ...
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Was there Klingon used in any of Star Wars movies?

A comment on this SO question stated: Klingon is a real Earth language, but it's only heard in the second movie and never shown printed. I couldn't find any references to that. Was there ...
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Do the Borg have a language?

I just realised something, with the amalgamation of species and cultures into the Borg, what language do they speak? I see three options but I can't find evidence for any: The Language of Species ...
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Does The Doctor hear everyone speaking in Gallifreyan?

I just spotted this on reddit today : I've only watched the newer episodes (from 2005-Present) and I don't believe this question was ever answered, but I just thought of this -- The Doctor ...
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Are swords usually referred to as male, or female?

"and drawing Scalpel whistling from her sheath" (Fritz Leiber, Swords Against Wizardry) I was surprised to see the Mouser's blade referred to as "she". No particular reason why, I just thought ...
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Was the first T-800 sent from Europe?

Was the first T-800 sent from a Europen country? I understand why all the later versions of the Arnold model sounded like the first one. But why did the first one have a thick accent? The T2 version ...
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Has French fallen out of use?

"This is my Universal Translator, although it only translate into an incomprehensible dead language" When Cubert speaks into it 'Hello', it responds 'Bonjour'. Does this mean French is a dead ...
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Why did the Klingon language flourish?

I've been thinking recently about the development of the Klingon language, and how it started off as a few small phrases developed by James Doohan (Scotty) and was developed into a full language over ...
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Is there a community for learning Sindarin?

For years now I try to engage myself in how to learn Quenya or Sindarin. I started with two printed excellent courses, but couldn't motivate myself to keep at it — it is difficult when you are ...
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Why does C-3PO speak to Jabba in Basic/English?

It's established that C-3PO can speak the Huttese language, as he does at the gate to Jabba's palace, but when he is performing his interpreting duties for Jabba (for example, when Jabba is ...
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I'm trying to remember a book, in which learning a new profession = learning a new language

I remember an interesting book, in which the state of science was quite advanced, and, the process of learning a particular advanced profession was less about learning the related skills, and more ...
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A Song of Ice and Fire, question concerning Arya and the phrase “Valar Morghulis”

In "A Clash of Kings," after Jaqen H'ghar has finished his tasks for Arya he gives her a coin and tells her a phrase: "Valar Morghulis" Fast forward to "A Storm of Swords." When Dany "buys" her ...
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What is Yoda's native language?

Clearly, he speaks English not very well. So he must speak another language natively. Which one?
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A short story of a guy on a strange alien planet

A long time ago I read a short novel (can't remember the actual length, but not likely that it was more than 100 pages long) about a human astronaut on some sort of mission who landed on an alien ...
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Is there a canonical textual representation of Binary?

R2D2 (and several similar Astromech droids) are generally not equipped with a vocabulator, and instead communicate using a well-established series of electronic beeps, "bloops," buzzes, chirps, ...
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Are the languages in Eragon based on real languages?

Are the Dwarf, Ancient, and Urgal languages based on real languages from Earth, and if so, which ones?
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If there are universal translators, how do people talk in other languages?

In Star Trek, there are universal translators on the ship to make communications between the different species possible. But there are countless times when Klingons talk in Klingon and English, when ...
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Do we ever see written English in the Star Wars films?

In Empire Strikes Back, we see a transcription of what R2's beeps and bloops mean, but it's not English (sorry for the low quality, it's from the 2004 DVDs): I'd assume it's what Basic looks like ...
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How does one learn new words in the Ancient Language?

In the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, magic is controlled on the basis of knowing it's true name in The Ancient Language. There are many words which are forgotten, which are too new to have ...
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Are the dwarf runes from 'The Hobbit' just a script or does it have a language?

In the book 'The Hobbit', the map that the dwarves have has writing in what is the dwarf runes. The script is simple enough as the foreword includes some tips and each letter can be substituted ...