Questions tagged [languages]

Questions about languages, whether alien, fantasy, or human. Always use in conjunction with the specific work tag the language appears in. If a more specific tag exists use that instead, for example, [tolkien-languages].

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Article about science fiction languages

I'm looking for a journal item, probably written between 1992 and 1994, which discusses languages from Venus on the Half-Shell, Sagan's Contact, and several other novels, usually science fiction, ...
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Boy who can learn languages if he hears just a few words...mom is kidnapped...YA book title?

I read part of a book about a boy who could speak a language if he heard just a few words. He and his mother play a game where they slide on the floor in socks while she plays the radio and he learns ...
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Does "Vader" carry connotations of "father" to a speaker of Galactic Basic Standard?

An English speaker on Earth could be reasonably expected to be familiar with either the Dutch "vader" meaning father or the very similar German "vater", also meaning father. Obviously German and ...
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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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Does "bada boom" actually refer to the crash of the Mondoshawan vessel?

I always took Leeloo's Divine Language monologue in Korben's cab to be a description of her escape from the regeneration chamber, and "bada boom" her term for the subsequent fall through the roof of ...
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Sci Fi book with parallel universe, published by 1998

I'm trying to find a book I read between 1994 and 1998. I read it in French, and have no idea if it has been written / translated in English. The book started with three young friends going camping ...
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Eric Flint's "Mother of Demons" Enagulishuc language rules?

I've been trying to figure out the rules for Enagulishuc, the English dialect spoken by Gukuy (and demons) in Eric Flint's 1997 first novel "Mother of Demons". The Gukuy are alien mollusks with ...
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Does Maz briefly speak Huttese to Han on Takodana?

Right after saying "Han, you've been running away from this fight for too long," Maz switches to something that sounds a lot like Huttese. I hear it as: ya kee naga wanta Which translating ...
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First science-fiction/fantasy 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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What does Carolinus's letter say?

In the 1982 film The Flight of Dragons, the Green Wizard Carolinus writes a letter to his allies, the Yellow Wizard Lo Tae Zhao and the Blue Wizard Solarius. We hear the wizards reading from the ...
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Does the name of Shub Niggurath contain or reference a racial slur?

I've always thought that the name of the Lovecraft deity Shub Niggurath was intended to sound vaguely Semitic, but I recently noticed that it seems to encode a certain well-known English-language ...
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How many languages does the average Starfleet officer speak?

In Star Trek VI, Uhura attempts to speak Klingon without recourse to the Universal Translator because she is trying to impersonate a Klingon and fears that using the Universal Translator would "out" ...
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Was the Sith language inspired by Tolkien's Black Speech?

In The Rise of Skywalker, C-3PO claims that even though he can read the Sith language, his programming forbids him from translating it for others. This is very reminiscent of a similar scene in J. R. ...