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So everyone on that planet has sight? What do they do for someone who
doesn't? Would that person not be able to communicate?

On 9/16/14, Adam Walker <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> That documentation on B-G-2-3 is sparse and not altogether accurate
> for the current form of the language. I've been working on redoing the
> grammar and some of the vocab is no longer valid.  But I'd be glad to
> discuss whatever aspects I can.
>
> Adam
>
> On 9/15/14, Logan Kearsley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> On 15 September 2014 21:29, Kalem Tysick <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>>> Hello all,
>>> I am an aspiring author writing a science fiction story involving alien
>>> languages (two of them). I have much of what I want out of them but I
>>> can't think of how to make them sound real.
>>>
>>> The languages are completely visual from a species with the ability to
>>> quickly change various colours in various patterns all while changing
>>> their skin's texture. They're kind of like some octopuses and squid in
>>> that way. The two languages are from two different cultures which are
>>> very
>>> focused on two religions. One is very much like Christianity and the
>>> other
>>> much like Islam. In the story the Medieval-Christian-type aliens come
>>> down
>>> and begin to force their religion and then later come the Muslim-type
>>> aliens with their own religion to force.
>>> Either way, they are very focused on their religions and I want to make
>>> their languages about that but I want to use the particularly alien
>>> element of a visual body colour/texture language.
>>> What do you think I should do?
>>
>> I am not aware of any way that religion could directly influence the
>> structure of a language, in a way that is obvious to someone who does
>> not speak it. What would probably happen is that their religion would
>> influence things like common idioms, taboo vs. euphemism distinctions
>> (i.e., what counts as swearing), the use of registers / diglossia
>> (e.g., where an archaic form of the language is preserved because of
>> its use in religious contexts, while most of the time people speak in
>> a slightly different modern form), etc.
>>
>>> Here are the alphabets and the base 16 numeral system (made with PBS'
>>> Alphabet Synthesis Machine):
>>> https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B61Hd7qQG9rBSWQydmxKQ08yYVE&authuser=0
>>
>> Looks like you need o update the sharing settings on that document; I
>> can't access it as-is.
>>
>>> What do you think I should do for grammar and/or syntax for these
>>> languages?
>>
>> Whatever you want? That may not be very helpful, but it's the truth.
>> You may want to read up on how human sing languages work for some
>> inspiration, but in addition to that there are several people here
>> working on languages with 2-D writing systems, the concepts of which
>> your aliens might be able to exploit natively, and at least one other
>> conlang (B-G-2-3, documented at
>> http://www.reocities.com/Athens/4745/B-G-2-3.html) based on visual
>> patterns of different colors.
>>
>> -l.
>>
>


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