Been thinking about interspecies communication and diplomacy a lot lately...
"So this is your alphabet. It has 26 glyphs in current use, it fits on a business card, and it makes no sense at all."
"No arguments there."
"This is your international phonetic alphabet. The alphabet of the human speech system. Can you memorize this sheet of paper?"
"Uh... Sure, yeah, if that's my job."
"Good." *phonebook-sized thump* "This is the intergalactic phonetic alphabet. We'll work up to that."
@technomancy I have not, and now it's on my list. :)
@ifixcoinops @technomancy speaking of Constellation Games and language, I helped Leonard write this: http://constellation.crummy.com/Pey%20Shkoy%20Benefits%20Humans/ a brief introduction to one of the book's languages
my original idea for the vowels was that they should be recognized not by mouth shape but by the ratio of frequencies produced by a series of separate vibrating membranes deep inside the Alien pulmonary system. but leonard decided that was too complicated, oh well
@aparrish @ifixcoinops aaaaaaaaah I love this so much. in particular the awkward word choice and phrasing that technically makes sense but a native speaker would never use; I tried to use that effect in the terminal text from my game EXO_encounter 667, tho in that case it's due to machine translation.
I want to see phonemic transliterators. No sense of meaning, just sound shift between vocal ranges of different species. Imagine being able to actually talk with a raven or a dog or a dolphin, having to actually *learn their language* but symbolically transliterated between their vocal range and you own.
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