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Re: Any serious investigation in Galactic languages from David Brin's "Uplift" novels?

From:John Quijada <jq_ithkuil@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 0:44
Gregory Gadow wrote:

>I've been reading Brin's "Uplift" books recently, and I was intruiged by >his use of twelve different "galactic standard" languages, each adapted >to different speech organs and types of thought patterns. > >The books have been out for years, and I'm wondering if any conlangers >have taken a stab at constructing any of these languages? >=========================================================================
Brin describes each of the languages in his companion book "Contacting Aliens: An Illustrated Guide to David Brin's Uplift Universe". (New York, NY. Bantam Books, 2002). I hereby nominate Ithkuil to represent either Gal 5 or Gal 12 based on the following descriptions from that book: Gal Five: "....A conversation in Gal Five sounds like dogs fighting on a creaky sailing ship. It is totally unpronounceable by all Terragen, though Chimps have attempted it." Gal Twelve: "A throaty speech, 2 billion years old....Few humans can speak rudimentary Gal Twelve and it remains unused by most clans. There are evidently hidden properties to this tongue that we do not understand. Perhaps we had best leave it alone till we know more." Yeah...definitely Ithkuil as Gal 12.... --John Quijada