[unparsed]Wrong forum... The Art & Language forum is below.
Posted May 31st, 2010
[unparsed][quote:244d0ae46b="Cerne"]Wrong forum... The Art & Language forum is below.[/quote:244d0ae46b]Moved.
Posted June 2nd, 2010
by eldin raigmore
[unparsed][quote:129ab1d92f="kyonides"]Well, on another forum I stumbled on a link to some of the theories regarding how people started using words to describe everything they could perceive with their 5 senses, or even with a 6th one. One of them belong to Dr. C. George Boeree so take a look [url=http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/langorigins.html]here[/url] if you wish. It's a short document so don't worry about having to spend too much time on reading it. Of course, there's also the infamous wiki with their own articles about the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origin_of_language#Scenarios_for_language_evolution]evolution of languages[/url].
Can we really believe or imagine this might have be the only way our ancestors could develop their own local languages? Did / Do your concultures follow the same path or a different one in an effort to create their own languages?
I guess my concultures would either think an really brilliant entity develop it, not necessarily a god but an angel, a demon, an "intelligent" void, gave this ability to humankind or any other species it considered that was worthy of getting it and expressing their own ideas with words that wouldn't hurt its ears.[/quote:129ab1d92f]
This original post was interesting, and had two very interesting links.
My main species is humans, and they know they descended from Earth-people, so their languages originated however our real-life natlangs originated.
My AIs were given their languages by their humans. (Or, if there are any AIs built or designed by non-human species, then by those.). So their languages were either designed for them by the bio-sapients who invented them, or were “bequeathed” to them by speakers of “natlangs” (in-story they’re natlangs, but in RL they’ll be conlangs, most of which I’ll never get around to actually creating).
My space-centipedes, and other non-terrestrial non-human biological sapients, will each have their own origin-of-language. I haven’t even thought about whether they’d know the true story, nor even whether one of their leading favorite guesses happened to be the truth.
Adpihi are going to be religious. Perhaps a large fraction of them will believe God created language as a gift for humanity. But most of them will know that languages evolve and change; they’ll know a bit about some of the last 4 to 15 millennia of diachronics. So no Tower of Babel.
Reptigan will mostly be more secular.
Posted December 25th, 2018