The language my characters speak has a lot of words for “husband.”
Well, it will, after I get around to filling in all the little gaps I’ve left for the word. (Yes, I have gaps. They’re all marked with the letters tk(for to come, but searchable)no space and a general description of the word I plan to put there.
I don’t intend to make a list, but I know the words exist in the language, and probably less than five show up in my actual manuscript.
It’s a mostly-English manuscript with minimal nonce-words.
I probably wouldn’t remember the words I make up/borrow/steal from start to finish, so I’ll add them in at the end.
Any thoughts on language? How deep do you go into language building?
Florida’s fine senate has approved making computer coding a “foreign language” that will fulfill the 2 years required to get into Florida’s public university system. The kids would be able to take coding instead of a foreign language.
I took foreign languages–of a human, organic variety–in high school. More of them in college. I taught English as a Foreign language (briefly) after I graduated.
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that I value language.
In fact, when I started coding (not this website), I chose my first computer languages based on their similarities to human languages I already knew.
There’s a lot of overlap between human languages and computer languages.
But they’re not the same thing.
In an ideal world, I’d argue that it shouldn’t be an either/or proposition, and that every child should do both.
But we’re not living in an ideal world, and even high school kids are mortal.
I absolutely believe every child should have the opportunity to learn computer languages. And they should also have the opportunity to learn human languages. They should probably dabble at least a little in both.
But with more and more information in the world, it doesn’t surprise me that they’re beginning to split off into specializations younger and younger.
The question that I have here… is how you ensure that children are on a path they have the enthusiasm and talent for, rather than the one their parents or the school system feel is important, right now.