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Q&A How to convey that the POV character *does not understand* what's said in dialogue?

The general advice is often to focus on the content of what's said in dialogue and just write it in the reader's language, largely whether the characters would use that language or not in-universe....

4 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Canina‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Amadeus‭

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Q&A Formatting multiple languages while avoiding italics for native speakers in their POV

Looking at this question, I was trying to figure out how to format a small family of novels and short stories that use a number of languages. My original approach went with the above question's sty...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by dmoonfire‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to handle translation of a language in a comic, while preserving a sense that the language is significant?

I am producing a comic in which a fictional language is frequently spoken. This language (and which characters are able to speak it) is significant to the plot, so it's important that the reader ...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by TheTermiteSociety‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Writing in English, from the viewpoint of a non-English-speaking character, how can I convey a language very similar to the character's own?

To provide a little background, I'm writing a novel set in a fantasy world, within which there are multiple languages. I'm applying the rule that any speech the viewpoint character (I'm using subj...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by TheTermiteSociety‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to Explain the Pronunciation of a Conlang Within the Text of the Novel

In novels which contain a constructed language (conlang), there are areas where the rules of pronunciation can be specified. These areas have the disadvantage of either being before the story and r...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Constructed Language - how to spell words that will be mispronounced in English

I wasn't sure how to phrase the title, so it may be a bit confusing. Feel free to edit it if you can phrase it better. This question may be better suited for Worldbuilding SE. However, it is abou...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Constructed Language - spelled like it sounds?

Note: This may be more suited to Worldbuilding SE. I believe it belongs here, because it is about how to write a conlang, but if not, please feel free to move it. I am constructing Elvish. In my ...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Thomas Myron‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I effectively invent a language?

I want to make a particular language that adapts to the story. And the language has to have x and y and e characteristics for example. Is there a protocol to follow on the process of making a lan...

5 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Joze‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What's the benefit of using invented languages in-story?

I'm working on a fictional story set in a fantastical (although coherent) universe. I'm used to seeing invented languages in works like this: Tolkien's languages for The Lord of the Rings, or Paoli...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by iajrz‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can you make up a convincing dialect?

I often need to introduce one, if not several, made up dialects. We're talking about fictional worldbuilding: so any real world dialect is ruled out. They can be used as a source of inspiration, b...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Liquid‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Using substitution ciphers to generate new alphabets in a novel

A substitution cipher is a method used in cryptography to encrypt the meaning of a text. In the most common form, a substitution cipher changes every letter in the target text with another, making...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Liquid‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does it make sense to (partially) create a conlang that you don't intend to actually use in the story?

The story that I'm currently working on is in a very far future. Clearly, people will speak a different language then. Now, I wondered if it can make sense to (partially) create a conlang for the ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by celtschk‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the Pros and Cons of long names?

Background: I'm developing names for places/characters/races/etc. in my world. One example are a particular political sect. The sect are a group within a different species that are named (the spec...

8 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by FoxElemental‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should I include an appendix to reference words of an in-universe language for a fantasy novel?

Context I am currently working on a fantasy novel in which one of the main characters is a nobleman and scholar, studying exotic languages as part of his higher education and translating documents...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Sciborg‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should I create my own ConLang for my story? [closed]

For my story I'm writing, some of the characters speak a different language from the protagonists. Should I actually create a ConLang (constructed language) for them and use it in dialog OR should...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by WeekzGod‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I strike a balance between setting and plot?

I'm not a fan of Tolkien's work, but it's relevant to my question, so take it as a reference point. I love linguistics, culture, and worldbuilding, but sometimes have difficulty focusing on specif...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Jon Purdy‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to implement a fictional language in my novel?

As a writer, I used to write short stories and poems. As a reader, fantasy is my favorite genre. I created some what of a language for my (first ) novel. It's phoneme, pronunciation, rules and ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Sangeetha‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Chants in fictional languages

I plan at several parts of my book to have war chants done in the fictional language of my main race/species. Would it be better to write the chant in their language? Put the fictional language w...

0 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by ggiaquin16‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I keep my dialogue nuanced and informal without breaking the illusion that the story is a translation (from a fictional language)?

The story I'm writing is in English, but it's set in a constructed world with a range of different languages. The general conceit is that anything the viewpoint character (of which there's more tha...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by TheTermiteSociety‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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