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What do we call all the humans?

In my world(s), there are many varieties of humans. We have what we would think of as normal humans of various races and colours. However, we also have other varieties of human, such as Satyrs and ...
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What language(s) would animals speak? [closed]

Many stories involve animals being able to communicate with each other using some spoken language. But, what would these languages actually be like? Would each species have their own language? If yes,...
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Exclamations in a nonreligious culture

Suppose elves were the first humanoid species to appear on a planet and the species evolved naturally over time. They developed magic, sapience, agriculture, and the general concept of a stable ...
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Communication of a highly evolved superorganism

Suppose there is a sentient, intelligent species that has developed similar to a superorganism in that there is a species-wide repository of knowledge and individual members of the species are capable ...
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For designing a vocal language for an intelligent species, how to decide on phonemes?

When you are designing a language for a species that uses vocal communication, one of the early decisions you need to make is that of which phonemes can be used. How does one determine what phonemes ...
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What is the short form of Valkyrie? [closed]

Imagine I have a female character named Valkyrie in an English text. What could a short form of that name be (analogous to Bob for Robert) ? I could only come up with Vally Val
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A species developing writing but not (yet) speech

I am not a writer. I have never written any story and I have no idea of what it takes to get this idea into any meaningful narrative. It's more of a thought experiment for me and I formally give the ...
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How long would it take for a brilliant person to decipher/crack an alien language and how to use its technology? [closed]

Consider this: A fallen spaceship is approached by a person of very high intelligence. Think of someone really really smart, like top 50 in the world. How long would take for such a person to grasp ...
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How to name places that have multiple names?

When designing a world it is convenient to decide how places will be named : Elements like the continents and the oceans. However, it is likely that the different cultures of the world will not ...
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What does it take for an invader to successfully assimilate the population of a conquered state?

Let’s say we have 2 states. One gets invaded by the other. What does it take for an invader to successfully assimilate the population of a conquered state? Successfully: At least 50% of the ...
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Is there an established framework to create a language? [closed]

I'm coming at this with a limited grasp of some European languages and for my world I'm faced with the daunting task of creating anywhere between 9 and 2000 languages (we never pick easy projects do ...