History Main / StrangeSyntaxSpeaker

30th May '16 4:38:13 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In TheSwordOfTruth, Adie never declines the verb "be". It is a trait of her home language. Others from the same land were shown to speak in a similar manner, but occasionally use ordinary grammar.

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* In TheSwordOfTruth, Literature/TheSwordOfTruth, Adie never declines the verb "be". It is a trait of her home language. Others from the same land were shown to speak in a similar manner, but occasionally use ordinary grammar.
21st May '16 10:16:22 AM JustTroper
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When wacky rules run obscenely obtuse, strange speaker can commonly appear as {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, laughed at and/or otherwise made misunderstood. Regular recurring scenario sets protagonists pursuing education, enlightenment of obscure syntax system for finding important information.

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When wacky rules run obscenely obtuse, strange speaker can commonly appear as {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, laughed at and/or otherwise made misunderstood. Regular recurring scenario sets protagonists pursuing education, enlightenment of obscure syntax system for finding important information.
information. If this speech pattern is deliberate, this is ElectiveBrokenLanguage.
20th May '16 10:55:27 AM Mr.Bubbles
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* The G-Man from ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' [[EmphasisUponTheWrongSyllable places emphasis on unusual syllables]] and pauses for breath in all the wrong places, though his diction is perfect and his vowels are never mispronounced. All of this is used to suggest that he's some sort of EldritchAbomination making a [[UncannyValley less-than-perfect imitation of humanity]].

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* The G-Man from ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' [[EmphasisUponTheWrongSyllable [[ACCENTUponTheWrongSyllable places emphasis on unusual syllables]] and pauses for breath in all the wrong places, though his diction is perfect and his vowels are never mispronounced. All of this is used to suggest that he's some sort of EldritchAbomination making a [[UncannyValley less-than-perfect imitation of humanity]].
15th May '16 3:17:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* The ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' ExpansionPack ''Alien Crossfire'' gives us Progenitors, who toe the line between this and AliensSpeakingEnglish due to TranslationConvention. Alien-to-alien speech is rendered as normal, fluent language. However, alien-to-human communication is impossible until you research a tech which allows ''in-universe'' translation, which renders Progenitor speech with a syntax roughly equal to "Subject: Statement".

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* The ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' ExpansionPack ''Alien Crossfire'' gives us Progenitors, who toe the line between this and AliensSpeakingEnglish due to TranslationConvention. Alien-to-alien speech is rendered as normal, fluent language. However, alien-to-human communication is impossible until you research a tech which allows ''in-universe'' translation, which renders Progenitor speech with a syntax roughly equal to "Subject: Statement".
24th Apr '16 12:27:21 PM jjgp1112
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* Early Viz translations of ''DragonBallZ'' have Piccolo speaking in a very bizarre, [[AntiquatedLinguistics old-fashioned]] dialect until it's dropped after a couple of volumes.
17th Apr '16 3:52:43 AM PaulA
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* From Creator/TerryPratchett, both Foul Ole Ron in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels and Mrs Tachyon in ''[[Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy Johnny and the Bomb]]'' speak in nonsense phrases, a favorite being "Millenium hand and shrimp". Whether their mutterings actually have a coherent underlying syntax is undetermined, though Gaspode (Ron's talking dog) clearly understands him. 'Millenium hand and shrimp' itself apparently came from a Chinese food menu and the lyrics to "[[Music/TheyMightBeGiants Particle Man]]" in a random word selector.

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* From Creator/TerryPratchett, both Creator/TerryPratchett:
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Foul Ole Ron in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels and Mrs Tachyon in ''[[Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy Johnny and the Bomb]]'' speak in nonsense phrases, a favorite being "Millenium hand and shrimp". Whether their mutterings actually have a coherent underlying syntax is undetermined, though Gaspode (Ron's talking dog) clearly understands him. 'Millenium hand and shrimp' itself apparently came from a Chinese food menu and the lyrics to "[[Music/TheyMightBeGiants Particle Man]]" in a random word selector.



** Carrot's... let's call it "idiosyncratic" approach to punctuation (basically a grammatical equivalent of SprayAndPray) makes his writing a bit of this.
*** Carrot's approach to writing falls under (and is the trope namer for) WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma. It's not a strange syntax that he habitually uses in normal speech and writing. Just a very... overzealous approach to the use of commas.
17th Apr '16 3:50:57 AM PaulA
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* In ''Literature/PhoenixRising'', there's an insectoid mook that speaks like this. For instance, telling a colleague he's complaining about something that's actually good fortune, it says, "Gladness I feel; wisdom for you, likewise should you feel." It's not clear whether this is a personal idiosyncrasy or something it shares with the rest of its race, as it's the only one of its race to get any lines.
16th Apr '16 2:42:26 PM erforce
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* In ''LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen Black Dossier'', the character Galley Wag is from a dark-matter dimension and speaks in a bizarre slang like "Bread and Tits!" and "Huff yer oyver in all you'm tick senned such a plumious sparktackle?" While the statements make sense in context, the human Mina can understand Galley Wag and provide translation.
* Also by Alan Moore, ''ComicBook/VForVendetta's'' title character only spoke in iambic pentameter. They scrapped that for the movie, though, because it would have sounded weird as balls.

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* In ''LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen Black Dossier'', ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemenBlackDossier'', the character Galley Wag is from a dark-matter dimension and speaks in a bizarre slang like "Bread and Tits!" and "Huff yer oyver in all you'm tick senned such a plumious sparktackle?" While the statements make sense in context, the human Mina can understand Galley Wag and provide translation.
* Also by Alan Moore, Creator/AlanMoore, ''ComicBook/VForVendetta's'' title character only spoke in iambic pentameter. They scrapped that for the movie, though, because it would have sounded weird as balls.
29th Mar '16 8:04:31 PM rjd1922
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* The player character in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' can speak almost every alien language, so you get subtitles even for what the Jawas on Tatooine are saying. Nevertheless, even subtitled, their syntax is rather strange.
* G-man from ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' [[EmphasisUponTheWrongSyllable places emphasis on unusual syllables]] and pauses for breath in all the wrong places, though his diction is perfect and his vowels are never mispronounced. All of this is used to suggest that he's some sort of EldritchAbomination making a [[UncannyValley less-than-perfect imitation of humanity]].

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* The player character in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' can speak almost every alien language, so you get subtitles even for what the Jawas on Tatooine are saying. Nevertheless, even subtitled, their syntax is rather strange.
* G-man The G-Man from ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' [[EmphasisUponTheWrongSyllable places emphasis on unusual syllables]] and pauses for breath in all the wrong places, though his diction is perfect and his vowels are never mispronounced. All of this is used to suggest that he's some sort of EldritchAbomination making a [[UncannyValley less-than-perfect imitation of humanity]].
29th Mar '16 8:04:06 PM rjd1922
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* G-man from ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' places emphasis on unusual syllables and pauses for breath in all the wrong places, though his diction is perfect and his vowels are never mispronounced. All of this is used to suggest that he's some sort of EldritchAbomination making a [[UncannyValley less-than-perfect imitation of humanity]].

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* G-man from ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' [[EmphasisUponTheWrongSyllable places emphasis on unusual syllables syllables]] and pauses for breath in all the wrong places, though his diction is perfect and his vowels are never mispronounced. All of this is used to suggest that he's some sort of EldritchAbomination making a [[UncannyValley less-than-perfect imitation of humanity]].
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