From: "Shreyas Sampat" <[log in to unmask]> > I would be tempted to say that the Orcs actually have a language that's > wholly human at first glance, but did not develop from any human language. That's right!! They use sign language.. that they learned from CHIMPS!! > On nonhuman tongues in general: > These seem to be rare birds in the conlang world. How many are there flying > around? > At one point I had a conlang for very long-lived beings who had a longevity > gender system; humans fell under 'transient', the same category as mayflies > and sea turtles. Huh. Well, my langs are for nonhumans--not *alien* nonhumans, though, and basically humanoid in mindset (and demihumans, even), except for one race, which is .. a little bit different. And I'm trying to make the lang for them different.. while still usable.. but considering all the weird things *actual* languages do, I'll probably end up reinventing Proto-Chukchi-Kamchatkan. ;p > I lost my otes on it, though. I'm sure they'll be sprouting soon. *Muke!