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When a foreign language is in a work, but is renamed to fit the setting
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(permanent link) added: 2013-06-29 22:25:51 sponsor: CountofBleck (last reply: 2013-06-30 23:28:52)

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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.
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