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13th Jan '18 11:50:23 AM SteveMB
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* In Creator/PoulAnderson's story "A Tragedy of Errors", a merchant explorer who finds a long-isolated colony world announces himself as "a friend" who has come to "do business". The locals then shoot him down. He discovers that, after an attack by pirates who initially introduced themselves with the same phrasing before revealing their real intentions, those words came to mean "an enemy planning a sneak attack". When things are finally patched up and he heads home, he promises future visits, not by "friends here to do business" but by "comerados to 'change (exchange)".
22nd Oct '17 7:55:31 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The Tribals' languages, as implied in ''{{Fallout2}}'' and shown in ''FalloutNewVegas'', are creole tongues descended from English. After several generations however, there's just enough English left to notice their origins but they're otherwise barely comprehensible. This is in stark contrast to their town-dwelling counterparts in the wasteland as well as more civilized factions like the NCR and Brotherhood of Steel, all of whom speaking more or less the same English as Pre-War America.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'': The Tribals' languages, as implied in ''{{Fallout2}}'' ''VideoGame/Fallout2'' and shown in ''FalloutNewVegas'', ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', are creole tongues descended from English. After several generations however, there's just enough English left to notice their origins but they're otherwise barely comprehensible. This is in stark contrast to their town-dwelling counterparts in the wasteland as well as more civilized factions like the NCR and Brotherhood of Steel, all of whom speaking more or less the same English as Pre-War America.



* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', the Hylian language has changed enough in the interim between it and ''Ocarina of Time'' that those who speak ancient Hylian such as Valoo and Jabun are unintelligible to modern Hylian speakers like Link.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', the Hylian language has changed enough in the interim between it and ''Ocarina of Time'' ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' that those who speak ancient Hylian such as Valoo and Jabun are unintelligible to modern Hylian speakers like Link.
22nd Oct '17 7:53:41 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* All of the modern Indo-European languages (everything from English to Russian to Hindi) are descended from the language known as Proto Indo European, or PIE for short. The modern language closest to PIE is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithuanian_language Lithuanian]].

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* All of the modern Indo-European languages (everything from English to Russian to Hindi) are descended from the language known as Proto Indo European, Proto-Indo-European, or PIE for short. The modern language closest to PIE is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithuanian_language Lithuanian]].
22nd Sep '17 4:32:33 PM metaceejay97
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* A more meta case with ''Series/EmeraldCity''. Inha, the language for the WitchSpecies, was made by David J. Peterson as a singular dialect. Then he, along with Creator/AnaUlaru, who played Mistress West in the show, came up with the idea of having it become four dialects, each one representing the [[FourElementEnsemble four classical elements,]] and the language became what is was during the show's run.

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1st Sep '17 8:07:00 AM matruz
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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' [[spoiler:averts it: The Eldian people living behind the Walls on Paradis Island speak the same language without any noticeable difference as their kin in the mainland, despite being separated ''for over a century''; this trope is also touched upon when Zeke Yeager as the Beast Titan attempts to communicate with Mike and Zeke briefly wonders if they are still speaking the same language when he gets no answer from Mike (turns out he was too terrified to reply)]].

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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' [[spoiler:averts it: The Eldian people living behind the Walls on Paradis Island speak the same language without any noticeable difference as their kin in the mainland, mainland (enough so that a few individuals from outside can infiltrate without arousing any suspicion), despite being separated ''for over a century''; this trope is also touched upon when Zeke Yeager as the Beast Titan attempts to communicate with Mike and Zeke briefly wonders if they are still speaking the same language when he gets no answer from Mike (turns out he was too terrified to reply)]].
1st Sep '17 8:00:08 AM matruz
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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' [[spoiler:averts it: The Eldian people living behind the Walls on Paradis Island speak the same language without any noticeable difference as their kin in the mainland, despite being separated ''for over a century''; this trope is also touched upon when Zeke Yeager as the Beast Titan attempts to communicate with Mike and Zeke briefly wonders if they are still speaking the same language when he gets no answer from Mike (turns out he was too terrified to reply)]].
12th Apr '17 1:38:16 PM randomguy5850
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* All of the modern Indo-European languages (everything from English to Russian to Hindi) are descended from the language known as Proto Indo European, or PIE for short. The modern language closest to PIE is [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithuanian_language Lithuanian]].

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* All of the modern Indo-European languages (everything from English to Russian to Hindi) are descended from the language known as Proto Indo European, or PIE for short. The modern language closest to PIE is [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithuanian_language Lithuanian]].
7th Feb '17 8:24:55 PM Divra
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* ''Literature/TheGeneral'' uses this for comedic effect. Several words in the languages spoken in the setting (Sponglish and Namerique) are immediately recognizable to those who speak their parent languages (Spanish and English). For example, the Sponglish word for ''officer'' is ''brazaz'' (from the English "brass-ass") and their name for a particularly foul form of invertebrate bottom-feeding fish is ''avocato'' (from the Spanish "abogado", meaning "lawyer").
7th Feb '17 8:16:15 PM Divra
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* ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'': The influence of the 20th century Americans on 17th century Germany has led to the creation of a creole known as "Amideutsch". The language is mentioned to lift most of its vocabulary from Hochdeutsch, but uses the grammatical rules of modern English. For example the character "Strong Hans" is "Stark Hans" in Amideutsch and "Starker Hans" in Hochdeutsch.
22nd Jan '17 6:28:29 PM zarpaulus
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* [[https://xkcd.com/771/ One]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' comic suggests that in a few more centuries historical re-enactors will end up speaking a medley of every accent from the 16th-20th centuries, no longer remembering the difference between them.
* In ''Webcomic/QuantumVibe'' 500 years into the future most of the cast apparently speaks English, though there may be some extent of TranslationConvention, while the Lunar Republic has developed a patois resembling [=LOLcats=] speak. Another 500 years later English seems to have been forgotten by the general intergalactic populace except for the "Loonie" dialect and the CommonTongue is a pidgin of English and Portugese called "Portanglo".
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