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Bandrika language in Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes

From:Fredrik Ekman <ekman@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 26, 2008, 16:32
I recently saw Alfred Hitchcock's classic The Lady Vanishes (1938), and
noticed that there is a conlang of sorts in the movie. This immediately
raises a number of questions:

Most interesting of all: Is this a "real" conlang, i.e. is it coherent and
reasonably regular, or just a jumble of nonsense words? Wikipedia merely
remarks that it "has similarities to Italian, Hungarian and German." It is
not listed among the movie languages in Wikipedia's List of constructed

Was it created by Ethel Lina White for the novel The Wheel Spins, or by
the screenwriters Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder?

Was the language featured in the 1979 remake?



Fredrik Ekman <ekman@...>Hebrew Babel Text