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Splatoon Language Ideas

Discussion in 'Regular Discussion' started by HighColorSunset, Mar 24, 2020.

  1. HighColorSunset

    HighColorSunset Semi-Pro Squid

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    Just some ideas on how the Inkling and Octoling (and maybe Jellyfish) languages could sound and work. You can contribute if you wish.

    First of all, even playable Octolings seem to have Octarian as their native language, and I may take from their voice lines (and that amiibo dialogue) for properties of their language.

    so here are how the languages generally sound:

    Inkling: Spoken quickly and often in somewhat of a high pitch; has a pitch accent involved that can make it sound sort of musical, or angry, depending on the view of the listener. Lightly tapped "R" similar to Japanese. Certain dialects, such as that of Inkopolis, have more bizarre pronunciation; others, like the Calamari County dialect, are simpler pronunciation-wise.
    Octarian: A bit of a slower language; less pitch variation but more pitch bend (e.g. pitch going down at the end of a sentence). Uses consonants in different places, but the consonant system isn't exactly more complicated than Inkling, just different. "R" is either tapped or slightly rolled, and there is also an "L" consonant. The Octo Valley dialect is more traditional, while the Octo Canyon dialect borrows Inkling slang and loanwords (thanks to Callie) and sounds more casual. It sounds more like a human language due to exposure to human relics underground.
    Octotrooper: Grunts. Maybe they mean something, maybe they don't. Not even Octolings understand them.
    Octosniper/commander: A series of clicks made with the mouth, usually commands and affirmations given in code.
    Jellyfish: A language that sounds even stranger than Inkling, with bizarre pitch accents and alien-sounding pronunciation, plus the strangest, er...hieroglyphics...to grace our eyes.. Can be compared to the Boov language from Home. (If Octolings are Tamaranians, Jellyfish are Boov.)

    Also, some features of the Octarian accent in Inkling:
    -Their Inkling is spoken slowly and carefully, especially in the case of newer speakers. They also speak with Octarian intonation and do not speak with the same singsongy tone Inklings use, though they are musical in their own way.
    -"R" is more strongly tapped/rolled; Inkling's softer "R" can also be replaced with " L"
    -"W" is used in Octarian, but its usage is limited and in some cases it can be difficult to pronounce. Usually then it is replaced with a "U" sound. "Woomy" is stereotypically pronounced "oomi" or "uomi."
    -Vowels are usually simpler and they have trouble with more complicated sounds.
    -Certain consonant clusters, such as "hw" , "ng", and "squ", are difficult to pronounce, and are usually replaced with "hu", "ne" or "na", and "sku" respectfully. The syllable "squi" is pronounced "skui" or "skue, " and an Octoling may call you with " Hei, huebbi-yo! " where a squid would say, "Hway, hwebbi-yo !"
    -They can also get incorrect intonation, such as saying "NA-ies" instead of "ng-YES."
    -New speakers will especially make grammar mistakes, such as mixing up word order, misplacing articles, and confusing cases. Even more seasoned speakers can forget articles or use malapropisms.
     
  2. Cephalobro

    Cephalobro Inkling Fleet Admiral

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    Maybe the Octotroopers in DJ Ocatvio's army can't be understood, but Octotroopers who are not in DJ Octavio's army can be understood and can talk and communicate much like an Octoling can, and Octolings can understand them fine. Seeing how there was an Octotrooper spokesperson talking about energy loss (seen in an Octo Valley Sunken Scroll).

    Octarian is actually more universal than Inkling due to the Jellyfish having trouble speaking Inkling and instead having to rely on historical texts to learn the language instead. Octarian is like Latin in a way, since all Octarians who are not in DJ Octavio's army speak it and understand it, it's only natural that other species can understand it if they take their time to compare Octarian with their own languages.
     
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  3. HighColorSunset

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    Hm. That's an interesting theory.

    Human languages they could be compared to:

    Inkling: Japanese and Korean mainly, with some English-like elements
    Octarian: Slightly Slavic-sounding, with hints of Japanese phonetics and some Germanic and Romance elements
     
  4. Cephalobro

    Cephalobro Inkling Fleet Admiral

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    Whoops forgot to add "Jellyfish" after "the" from the second paragraph.
     

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