|From:||J. K. Hoffman <ryumaou@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, February 22, 2003, 15:28|
I always thought of these as Trade Tongues, really. The only place I'm
familiar with the term "Common Tongue" is from RPGs, in particular
Dungeons & Dragons.
I always sort of imagined these "trade tongues" as a kind of pidgin or,
eventually, a creole, but with words from many of the surrounding
language families. Like gutter-speak from the Blade Runner movie, or
Spanglish from any large city that has a significant population of
Spanish speakers. (Though, I have heard similar things in
Greek-American communities where there are a lot of first generation
Greeks bringing over their girlfriends who are Greek nationals.)
It sure would be an interesting concept to explore in a conlang, or
series of conlangs, actually.
Thanks for the fun things to think about!
>From: Andreas Johansson
> As Joseph pointed out, there's been at least one language known as
> in real world history (namely Koine Greek, where "koine" is Koine for
> "common"). Lingua francas, that is languages used as a common
> vehicle of communication between speakers of several different
> languages, have arose many times in history. In large bits of the
> world today, English functions as a "common" language. So, assuming
> that your races are reasonably humanoid, there's every possibility of
> a "common tongue" being used among them, altho' the odds are that it
> won't be called "Common". It would probably be the racial/national
> language of a group that is culturally dominant in the area, or has
> recently been so.
"It's better to light one candle
than to curse the darkness."
-Chinese Proverb and The Motto of the Christophers