On 19 May 2017 at 00:01, Melroch <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > What really bugs me is that in interplanetary fiction it is almost always > assumed that alien planets have one language each. Why would they when > Earth demonstrably does not. Or one language per species, which is just as > unlikely for much the same reasons. You might argue that to an alien > visitor English might seem to be *the* language of Earth/humans, but what > if the aliens happened to land in Russia or South America, or China? Would > they get that impression then? I have long been intrigued by the untapped potential for humor if all other alien species really *do* have just one language each- or if they merely have the same baseless prejudices about other species that we seem to. E.g.: Alien to Human: "Hey, what're those other humans saying?" Human to Alien: "I dunno, I grew up in Kansas and I *think* they're speaking Korean." Alien to Human: "Korean? I've never heard of that species. Why aren't they speaking Human?" Human to Alien: "Human isn't a language...." I'm sure a good writer could make that much funnier. -l.