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14th Aug '16 4:11:42 PM Timber
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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'' has Relares, an ideographic language that works by conjugating a set of core base ideas into nouns, verbs, and adjectives/adverbs. In-universe it's used primarily for naming, and occasionally important declarations and records of major historical events. Notable in that the other functional languages invented for the ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' are fairly simple [[CypherLanguage cipher languages]] based on English.

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'' has Relares, an ideographic language that works by conjugating a set of core base ideas into nouns, verbs, and adjectives/adverbs. In-universe In-universe, it's used the traditional language of the Ferines, though its modern in-universe usage is primarily for naming, and occasionally important declarations declarations, and records of major historical events. Notable It's also used in the game's soundtrack. Relares is notable in that the other functional languages invented for the ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' are fairly simple [[CypherLanguage cipher languages]] based on English.
14th Aug '16 10:51:51 AM vorpalgirl
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** This is a tendency that was eventually subverted by David J Peterson (see "Live Action TV" section, above) during his work on ''Series/{{Defiance}}'', as [[http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffbercovici/2012/11/30/it-is-known-game-of-thrones-linguist-has-coolest-job-ever/#4cd34c7d5d68 Forbes noted]] in their profile on him: "the Indogene people use a base-six mathematics inspired by their [[BizarreAlienBiology hexagonal irises]]", a system that was included in the conlang he created for them.
26th Jul '16 8:59:57 PM PaulA
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* Likewise, Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin knows her stuff. The ''Literature/EarthseaTrilogy'' has Hardic, which we see a little of.
** And Kargish, Osskili and [[LanguageOfMagic Old Speech]], in which wizards cast spells.
*** Not that the author is above a pun- the word for stone in [[LanguageOfMagic Old Speech]] is ''tolk'' and that for sea is ''inien'', making ''Earthsea'' translate as... Tolkienian!

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* Likewise, Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin knows her stuff. The ''Literature/EarthseaTrilogy'' ''Literature/{{Earthsea}}'' series has Hardic, which we see a little of.
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of. And Kargish, Osskili and [[LanguageOfMagic Old Speech]], in which wizards cast spells.
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spells. Not that the author is above a pun- the pun--the word for stone in [[LanguageOfMagic Old Speech]] is ''tolk'' and that for sea is ''inien'', making ''Earthsea'' translate as... Tolkienian!
22nd Jun '16 10:27:41 AM BunnyStar
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No, they did not just ''[[ShowDontTell say]]'' that the [[TheGreys Alien]][=/=][[OurElvesAreBetter Elf]]/BeePeople speak a different language, they [[DoingItForTheArt actually made up]] an exact vocabulary and grammar, one that can be translated into English (or equivalent). This is where TranslatorMicrobes are abandoned and a dictionary given to the reader. [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign Gibberish]] does not count as a language, regardless of whether or not the other characters say they can understand it, and using a mere handful of [[SpeakingSimlish alien words]], even if you give them a translation, does not count either.

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No, they did not just ''[[ShowDontTell say]]'' that the [[TheGreys Alien]][=/=][[OurElvesAreBetter Elf]]/BeePeople Aliens]][=/=][[OurElvesAreBetter Elves]]/BeePeople/Whatever speak a different language, they [[DoingItForTheArt actually made up]] an exact vocabulary and grammar, one that can be translated into English (or equivalent). This is where TranslatorMicrobes are abandoned and a dictionary given to the reader. [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign Gibberish]] does not count as a language, regardless of whether or not the other characters say they can understand it, and using a mere handful of [[SpeakingSimlish alien words]], even if you give them a translation, does not count either.
20th Jun '16 2:20:41 PM StarSword
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* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' has some [=NPCs=] speak "the Old Tongue" (Tho Fan), a mixture of Asian languages specially invented for the game by a Canadian linguist.

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* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' has some [=NPCs=] speak "the Old Tongue" (Tho Fan), a mixture of Asian languages specially invented for the game by a Canadian linguist. Sadly wasted, unfortunately: the spoken phrases are chosen mostly at random and consist almost entirely of [[EverythingsBetterWithCows cow jokes]].
15th Jun '16 2:39:25 AM Jaro7788
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Note that while some writers [[ShownTheirWork go to great lengths]] in trying to make the languages they come up with seem as natural and realistic in terms of grammar and syntax as possible, this rarely affects the script. While Earth's writing can be basically allocated to three categories, namely full alphabets with distinctive letters representing both vowels and consonants (such as Greek, Latin or Kana), abjads, which limit themselves only to consonants (such as Arabic) or character-based scripts featuring thousands of signs representing particular concepts rather than sounds (such as Chinese or Old Egyptian), you'll be hard pressed to find any of the latter two being used in any world of fiction. [[JustifiedTrope Kind of justified]] if we take into account that throughout history, writing tended to evolve towards at least a partially alphabetic form (where that didn't happen, such as in China, was mostly because of the opposition from highly educated members of state administration, fearing for their job security should the art of writing become so radically simplified).
11th Jun '16 4:36:44 AM Wuz
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has a modest number of languages which are referenced and occasionally shown in script (like the Falmer language), but the most notable ones would include the Daedric alphabet (just a cypher for Roman), Ayleid Elvish in ''Oblivion'', and, introduced with the fifth installment, ''Skyrim', the dragon language. Several words of the Dragon language are learned by the PC during the game (they're the language all the [[WordsCanBreakMyBones Shouts]] are in), and the language is even spoken by a few characters, mainly [[CaptainObvious dragons]].

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has a modest number of languages which are referenced and occasionally shown in script (like the Falmer language), but the most notable ones would include the Daedric alphabet (just a cypher for Roman), Ayleid Elvish in ''Oblivion'', and, introduced with the fifth installment, ''Skyrim', ''Skyrim'', the dragon language. Several words of the Dragon language are learned by the PC during the game (they're the language all the [[WordsCanBreakMyBones Shouts]] are in), and the language is even spoken by a few characters, mainly [[CaptainObvious dragons]].
11th Jun '16 4:35:29 AM Wuz
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has a modest number of languages which are referenced and occasionally shown in script (like the Falmer language), but the most notable ones would include the Daedric alphabet (just a cypher for Roman), Ayleid Elvish in Oblivion, and, introduced with the fifth installment, Skyrim, the dragon language. Several words of the Dragon language are learned by the PC during the game (they're the language all the [[WordsCanBreakMyBones Shouts]] are in), and the language is even spoken by a few characters, mainly [[CaptainObvious dragons]].
** The main theme song for Skyrim, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7oUk9WizNc Dovahkiin]], is sung in it.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has a modest number of languages which are referenced and occasionally shown in script (like the Falmer language), but the most notable ones would include the Daedric alphabet (just a cypher for Roman), Ayleid Elvish in Oblivion, ''Oblivion'', and, introduced with the fifth installment, Skyrim, ''Skyrim', the dragon language. Several words of the Dragon language are learned by the PC during the game (they're the language all the [[WordsCanBreakMyBones Shouts]] are in), and the language is even spoken by a few characters, mainly [[CaptainObvious dragons]].
** The main theme song for Skyrim, ''Skyrim'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7oUk9WizNc Dovahkiin]], is sung in it.
30th May '16 12:49:59 AM Reddon
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* The first wide-spread artificial language was ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volap%C3%BCk Volapük]]'', which meant "World speak." The language's author was attempting to build a universal language that everybody worldwide could use to communicate. It wound up fizzling due to, among other things, bizarre pronunciation, and it was displaced by easier languages such as Esperanto and Interlingua.

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* The first wide-spread artificial language was ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volap%C3%BCk org/wiki/Volapuk Volapük]]'', which meant "World speak." The language's author was attempting to build a universal language that everybody worldwide could use to communicate. It wound up fizzling due to, among other things, bizarre pronunciation, and it was displaced by easier languages such as Esperanto and Interlingua.
20th May '16 12:04:31 AM PaulA
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* Creator/CherryWilder's Literature/{{Torin}} stories include occasional words and phrases (and, at one point, an entire verse of a song translated from English) in the Moruian language, which is developed in sufficient depth for it to have its own puns.
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