Herman Miller wrote: >On Tue, 19 Jun 2001 20:07:17 -0400, Shreyas Sampat <[log in to unmask]> >wrote: > >>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. I lost my otes on it, though. > >I've taken the general approach of saying that language in my con-universe >originated with elves, including human language. Some species can't >pronounce all of the sounds easily (Mizarian languages tend to lack nasals >and rounded vowels), and others include sounds not generally found in human >languages (voiced and voiceless Neyasai whistles), but all humanoids can >generally produce the same sounds, and they have similar mental abilities. >The idea of a *really* alien language would be interesting, but I've never >had enough interest to actually develop something like that in detail.> I wonder: could _we humans_ even conceive of a really alien language? Kash and the languages of the other intelligent species of planet Cindu-- Gwr-- are spoken by non-humans; but in order to avoid exo-physiology, and to create a speakable language, I've assumed their vocal tracts have evolved _more or less_ along the same lines as ours.