60 Answered Questions for the topic Language

08/04/19

#### Colours of ultraviolet?

I need to write something from the perspective of a character who sees colours differently from humans, and in particular can see multiple shades of ultraviolet. This isn't unique, their entire... more

08/03/19

#### Writing 19th century upperclass English dialog?

I was recently rereading bits of Pride and Prejudice and the dialog is absolutely brilliant. How can I learn to write dialog that sounds like it is from this general era? For example are there any... more

08/01/19

#### How are multilingual scenes handled when the story's main language is translated into that of its minor one?

Say you have an English book in which there is a particular dialogue where one of a handful of participating characters is speaking French. In this dialogue the fact that he's speaking French is a... more

07/27/19

#### Please Translate this Latin Sentence!

Tuus filius erit tutus, et Aeneae* imperuim perpetuum donabo.”__________ son __________ safe and __________ __________ to Aeneas.So far I have Your son is safe and Aeneas... to Aeneas... that's it... more

07/14/19

#### 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... more

07/13/19

#### Historical Fiction: using you and thou?

Generally speaking, English once used 'you' as the second person plural (equivalent to 'vous' and 'v&#243;s') and 'thou' as the second person singular (equivalent to 'tu'). When talking to a... more

07/10/19

#### Term to describe the fact of using art to push ideology?

Hi everyone,I was wondering if there is a term to describe/qualify the fact of using art (literature, cinema…) and/or a specific medium to push ideology? For example, someone who would defend the... more

06/25/19

#### Will using real-world cultural vocabulary in a fantasy setting disengage readers?

__If I have certain minor rituals/garments/culture tidbits in a fantasy setting that mirror those of Earth, and I describe them using the real-world vocabulary, will that disengage readers from the... more

06/07/19

#### Change spelling check language for a Document in Microsoft Word 2010?

Usually I use Microsoft Word 2010 to write English documentsNow I'm editing a document of another language, and want to change the spelling check language of this documentThis change should not... more

05/21/19

#### What's the best way to learn Spanish?

I want to be fluent in Spanish to connect with more people, and use it in the workplace. I've taken Spanish since I was in high school but don't feel comfortable speaking beyond basic phrases. What... more

05/15/19

#### Discuss in detail: Concepts of Mos maiorum (“the concept of the ancestor”s), pietas & lares familiaris (household gods).

Discuss in detail: Concepts of Mos maiorum (“the concept of the ancestor”s), pietas & lares familiaris (household gods).

05/11/19

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04/26/19

#### Are the letter forms of Arabic essential to the Qur'an?

Are the existing letter forms/shapes of the Arabic alphabet an essential part of the Qur'an, or are they an arbitary choice made by humans as a means to *record* the Qur'an?In other words, if... more

04/26/19

#### What does the expression "It's raining cats and dogs" mean?

Share an expression/idiom you use!

04/24/19

#### While I'm in my praying, can I say Dua in different languages?

If I don't know the Arabic meaning of a Dua, can I say the Dua in a different language?

04/12/19

I’ve been searching for the graduate requirements of some university. As regards the language test scores, TOEFL>90 or IELTS>7 are necessary. However, I stumbled upon undergraduate... more

04/11/19

#### What is the difference between Brazilian and European Portuguese?

A lot of students ask this question so let me clarify. The major difference is in the accent and the pronunciation of words. Brazilians pronounce all the letters of the written word and sometimes... more

04/09/19

#### What was the official language used across European monarchies in the XII century?

I have been reading about European history in the XII century and I am finding out that several of the modern day languages hadn't yet evolved to what they are now: Langue d'oïl was still being... more

04/01/19

#### Why did the GHQ not promote English during the occupation?

I wonder why GHQ did not force Japanese people to use the English language during the occupation, or at least add English to one of its official languages, much like Hong Kong under occupation by... more

03/28/19

03/27/19

#### Since words are defined in terms of other words in dictionaries, leading to infinite loops, does it mean natural languages are meaningless?

Since words are defined in terms of other words in dictionaries, leading to infinite loops, does it mean natural languages are meaningless? Are infinitely recursive definitions valid? If we... more

03/26/19

#### Is there a specific suffix for "within a cell"? i.e. in a similar manner to how -aemia refers to within the blood?

Words like hyperglycemia and hyponatremia refer to the relative level of each component in the blood, not in the cell. Is there a suffix for within the cell? For reference I would like one word as... more
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