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>On 22 Jun 99, at 20:25, Andrew Smith wrote:
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>> I do get out more often!  I went and saw Phantom Menace this weekend.  Did
>> anybody notice that the young Greebo alien did not use ejectives, unlike
>> the adult alien in Star Wars IV.
>
>I postulate twin languages, like the Male/Female or Class
>distinction languages used elsewhere.  This however (I forget the
>name of the race) could be based on an adult/juvenile distinction?
>Perhaps the juvenile form is due to incompletely developed vocal
>equipment?

I noticed this difference too, but just assumed that the young Greebo
alien was speaking Huttese (which seems to be the lingua franca of
Tatooine) while the adult Greebo from the original movie was speaking
a different language.

I have serious doubts that the makers of the Star Wars movies know
or care about the answers to these esoteric questions, though!  :-)

Matt.

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