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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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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 ...

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