On 2016-05-10 12:04 PM, Nicole Valicia Thompson-Andrews wrote: > I've been communicating with the Conlangery podcast creators about > diallects and sociolinguistics. Yemora has twelve races, one that > shits genders, and one that shifts into a feline-like creature called > a Cutsnea. > > Do I need 12 or 14 dialects? > Neither gender shifting nor shape shifting absolutely requires a separate dialect. You need to decide why a separate dialect might make sense within your narrative. The most compelling argument I can think of for a separate dialect for the shape shifters, would be if the feline form was unable to pronounce the words used by the humanoid form, or vice versa. Each form might understand both dialects, but the differences would be more likely related to sound, rather than grammar or syntax. In this case, 'dialect' probably isn't even the correct term. For the gender shifters, there would probably be special gender-related words used by the entire race, but I believe that natlang gender-related dialects tend to be 'secret languages', which wouldn't make much sense if one person could be multiple genders. This doesn't mean that you couldn't have separate dialects, just that you need to decide why these dialects exist in the first place. It is your world, after all. Internal consistency generally trumps earth-related correspondence for any non-human narrative. Ralph -- Any opinions above may not be responsible.