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On Fri, 11 Jun 1999 21:57:43 -0700, Barry Garcia
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>[log in to unmask] writes:
>>
>>Worse yet, "When they do think different, everyone of the same species
>>thinks the same way".  All Vulcans are logical, all Klingons are
>>warriors, etc.
>
>I always found it odd that in science fiction, all aliens from the same
>planet are one homogenous culture. They all speak exactly the same way =
and
>dress the same. Its like an unwritten rule that diversity is something
>only humans have.

That's one of the things I've been trying to change as I explore Kolagian
cultures and languages more deeply. Before, each planet, even the human
ones, had its own more-or-less homogeneous culture, but I've already
started filling in some of the gaps with things like the Mayushi (a sect =
of
hedonists on a world that is largely dedicated to Vulcan-like control of
emotions). Now that I'm starting to redesign the whole thing, anything
goes.

As far as languages go, I intend to describe many more than one language
per species. In Thrinn societies, each family line has its own unique
language, and it's not uncommon for a Thrinn to know dozens of languages.
Yet the thrinn languages I've described so far don't show a lot of =
variety.
There's also a tendency to use "exotic" (i.e., non-English) sounds more =
in
non-human languages, and I'm going to switch that around as well. The =
"old"
Nikta language had a lot of clicks and other exotic sounds; it will turn
out in the "new" universe that this is really an adopted human language
they use for speaking to their slaves, and their real native language is
very fluid sounding with few harsh sounds.

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