Heterogeneous Linguistics

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Ch. 11
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U SAID WUT M8!?
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Minotaur and Lizardman (and half-werewolf) are so metal that their lingua franca involved head banging.
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@Robbini no i mean, lengua franca is go way beyond physical limitation. as long there is a way to understand each other, it's tend to do so after few times. look at sentinel islands and some of their successful story. that's linguistic works right at there.
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@kuma
Even if they could do morse code, not all of them have the fingers or toes needed to either press dots, either into the ground or onto something they're holding, so they would be reliant on visual notice of what they're doing, which frankly would be worse than what they're already doing.
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@Robbini
i almost also considering their physical limitations, but lungua franca doesn't necessary need a complex figure. we know morse code as even more modern one like emoji as somewhat lingua franca.
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@kuma

Considering their different biologies and vocal structures, it honestly seems like either harpy language, a mix of several or the slimes could be the only choices for a lingua franca.
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seems like monster society still not establishing lingua franca even within region. seems their world is more complex than we though and not that much interacted each other either until very recent? because this shown how limited their interaction experience previously between each other species. but also the tradition seems make it like other wise? is this because talking water/slime is more common used than we tough? i wonder what explanation of this.

also guys, if you don't understand lingua franca, it's language that established to make people who have different native language can use in the region to understand each other. just like the latin then greek then french in Mediterranean. culture that often interact each other will developed necessity for doing so naturally. the lack of lingua franca showing that the needs of it is still recent, or something big happened with society where lingua franca spoke with previously.
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holy shit, it just occurred to me that translating this manga form Japanese to English means there is an added layer of complexity of linguistic barrier. Plus if you translate english into your native language in your head. Man linguistics is interesting
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Thanks for the update,
as was said below— I think all the monsters having such a varying array of native languages left them more prone to cooperation and social understanding.

This whole chapter basically shows just how far they’ll go to strike a conversation with each other even when the means are insuficient.

Sociology in fiction always leads to the most interesting reads ever.

Last edited 2 mo ago by Gustbk.

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@roetheboat It does seem they assume miss-communication before ill intent. Judging by how community oriented the monsters are, shunning is probably their go to punishment.
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I wonder if the vast differences in language and communication between monster species has essentially (and perhaps ironically) led to a more peaceful society?

Regardless of culture or society, there’s always a need to trade for goods you don’t have (especially when your physiology restricts what items you can make). Therefore, the monsters most efficient at communicating would be the ones to interact with other races. They’d also have more experience and patience when dealing with a language and individual they are unfamiliar with, which would decrease the chances of miscommunication.
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I love this so much! Linguistics are the best and it's fun to study them, even through the lens of a fantasy society.
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No wonder fights break out. If you didn't know from the start the Minotaur was friendly, you would be certain an attack was coming.

Thanks for continuing one of the better and more unusual manga on this site.
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Wow, that's some high difficulty language switching. Stomping, clapping, wheezing, whistling, sniffing...the Minotaur is quite well-learned.
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update yes good
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Fuck yeah more language studies.

So Minotaurs seems to have a language like the harpies based on body movement but also incorporating sound into it. I wonder if like the lizardmen they can't pronounce words due to not having lips or maybe not a developed set of chords that can make more than a couple sounds.

I'm actually really glad they have stuck with the lizardmen for so long, I really like them.