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The most advanced race in my custom universe is a race of guinea pig-like aliens. They are short and have titanium bones, considering their homeworld has a gravity of 1.7 g. The nervous system features four brains which allow them to engage in a form of intellectual multitasking and they have four ears, one pair can sense infrasounds since they are a prey species whose predators use infrasounds for communication. I want their language grammar to look alien, but not too hard for humans in order to learn it and the language to sound weird, but very pleasant to the human ear. What are my grammatically and phonologically constraints when creating a language for this race?

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closed as too broad by sphennings, Ash, MichaelK, Azuaron, Josh King Oct 2 '17 at 15:06

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    $\begingroup$ I imagine the downvotes and close votes are because this is an extremely broad question - I don't think any of the details you've provided actually narrow down the possibilities of what this language could be like. $\endgroup$ – F1Krazy Oct 2 '17 at 14:14
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    $\begingroup$ Are you going to be constructing this language? Will you have your readers actually read this constructed language? If "No" and/or "No", what is the point of this question? What are you actually after? Also you are being much too broad here... the description "Guinea pig-like alien" does not in any way provide information that allows to find any such constraints that you ask for; it is much too vague and open to opinions and interpretations. $\endgroup$ – MichaelK Oct 2 '17 at 14:18
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    $\begingroup$ This question is principally too broad because of the OP asking for grammar constraints. Inventing an entire language is well beyond the scope of this site. And lest anyone object... that's exactly what the OP is asking for. $\endgroup$ – JBH Oct 2 '17 at 15:27
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    $\begingroup$ @JBH It is obvious the OP is looking for leads, not specifics. I think we do a valuable service if we can point in a direction to pursue, not necessarily an exact, specific answer. Is the intent to write the novel, or dictate the details, or just point in a direction that the answer might lie in? Do we want to kill the creativity, or foster it? $\endgroup$ – Justin Thyme Oct 2 '17 at 15:36
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    $\begingroup$ @JustinThyme One thing, and this is the reason I voted to close this ASAP, Grammar has no basis in biology, it's a social construct within language there are exactly zero concrete answers to a grammar construction question dealing in theoretical, as opposed to historical or extant, languages. Also as it was written when I first saw it I couldn't make any sense of the question, and I still can't. $\endgroup$ – Ash Oct 2 '17 at 17:29
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Honestly you have no constraints

Except for the limitation based by their lingual physiology. The guinea pig is physically incapable of forming English words. Their language could easily be a logical order of the squeaks they make or with their intellect they could make translators to speak whatever language they want.

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