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Re: How to name the languages of sentient beings?

From:Aaron Grahn <aaron@...>
Date:Friday, December 2, 2005, 1:40
Elms can't communicate? Some of my best conversations have been with
Elms. :)


caeruleancentaur wrote:

>On 11/30/05, Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@n...> wrote: > > >>What's a good word for the set of languages, nat and con, that are >>meant for communication between sentient beings -- i.e. excluding >>computer programming languages, data modelling languages, and so >>on, >but including languages for aliens, and unusually smart >>hamsters, >and what-have-you? "Human" languages is wrong, as >> >> >is "natural". I'm >rather at a loss. > >I don't believe that any form of "sentient" is adequate. It seems >to me that, in any given conculture, some sentient beings speak and >some don't. "Sentient," after all, has nothing to do with the >ability to speak, but the ability to feel. > >What is needed is a word (an adjective, it appears) that includes >all the species that can communicate. Since anything is possible in >a conculture, that could very well include animal as well as plant >life (or any other form imagined). And the word has to distinguish >between forms that can communicate and those that can't, _e.g._, >oaks can communicate but elms can not. I don't believe there is >such a word, at least in English. > >I found in the OED the word "loquent" meaning having the ability to >speak, and that's the word I use in my conculture for the dragons >and the six human-like races that can speak, the other life forms >being merely sentient. I call these the loquent peoples or races or >nations. > >Charlie > > > > > >