Created By: CountofBleck on June 29, 2013 Last Edited By: CountofBleck on June 30, 2013

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When a foreign language is in a work, but is renamed to fit the setting

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When creating an entire race of creatures capable of speech, there will obviously be two different options. You can either create your own language, or take an already existing language and add it in. But what happens if the the country itself doesn't exist or never did? Just slap a new name on it and ta-da! A new language is born!

This is usually used to save time on creating new languages while avoiding the plot holes of non-existing countries in the setting of a work. Can also be a Bilingual Bonus for readers

Compare to Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp". Film:
  • In Return of the Jedi Lando Calrissian's copilot at Endor, a Sullustan named Nien Nunb, is actually speaking the Tanzanian tribal tongue Haya.
  • In Borat none of the characters are actually speaking Kazakh. Borat himself speaks Hebrew, and his assistant speaks Armenian.
Community Feedback Replies: 6
  • June 30, 2013
    StarSword
    Film:
    • In Return Of The Jedi Lando Calrissian's copilot at Endor, a Sullustan named Nien Nunb, is actually speaking the Tanzanian tribal tongue Haya.
  • June 30, 2013
    aurora369
    Hell, Galactic Basic itself is English with a new name slapped on.
  • June 30, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ That's just a case of Translation Convention.
  • June 30, 2013
    ZachValkyrie
    • In Film/Borat none of the characters are actually speaking Kazakh. Borat himself speaks Hebrew, and his assistant speaks Armenian.
  • June 30, 2013
    Generality
    ^^ I think it might count. I was going to suggest Morporkian, which is basically English with a different history, and as such some of the words and phrases are different (such as "going librarian" instead of "going postal"). However, we already have Common Tongue, so it might be silly to reiterate all those examples here.

    • The natives of Riven speak a language that is called Rivenese and not meant to be related to any earth language, but is actually Maori.
  • June 30, 2013
    Chabal2
    The Amazonian Jivaro tribe in Tintin are actually speaking a Belgian dialect.
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