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LINGUIST List 16.1262

Wed Apr 20 2005

Media: NYT: Do You Speak Tho Fan?

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        1.    Marisa Ferrara, NYT: Do You Speak Tho Fan?

Message 1: NYT: Do You Speak Tho Fan?
Date: 19-Apr-2005
From: Marisa Ferrara <marisalinguistlist.org>
Subject: NYT: Do You Speak Tho Fan?

'Do You Speak Tho Fan? It's All the Rage in Jade Empire'
-New York Times
April 19, 2005

'The language Tho Fan sounds ancient and distinctly Asian. Its 'sh' sounds
come from the back of the throat, as they do in Chinese. Its 'r' sounds are
made with a tap of the tongue, echoing Mongolian.

But Tho Fan comes from Canada and was invented only last year. Created in
four months, for just over $2,000, it is a real language spoken by unreal
people in the Xbox game Jade Empire, released this week. Perhaps it is a
sign that, these days, languages are not so much discovered as invented.'


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