Wednesday, 2 August 2017
Languages Of Other Times
"...a strange and very sweet and liquid tongue."
-HG Wells, The Time Machine (London, 1977), Chapter 5, p. 29.
The artificial language of the Time Patrol, Temporal, is:
"...a miracle of logically organized expressiveness."
-Poul Anderson, "Time Patrol" IN Anderson, Time Patrol (Riverdale, NY, 2006), pp. 1-53 AT p. 12.
The Exaltationists' birthtime language comprises euphonius, precise and concise trills and purrs.
-Poul Anderson, The Shield Of Time (New York, 1991), Part Two, 209 B.C., p. 83.
Neither Wells nor Anderson imparts a single word of these languages. However, in any authentic screen adaptations of their works, we should hear the languages spoken. Because the Time Traveller does not understand the Eloi, their converstation should not be subtitled. However, Time Patrolman Manse Everard eavesdrops on Exaltationists conversing in their birthtime language so, in this case, we should hear their dialogue and read English subtitles.
Everard, speaking into a Patrol communicator, says in Temporal:
"'Unattached Everard. Come immediately. Combat.'"
-The Shield Of Time, Part Two, 209 B.C., p. 113.
We should hear that while reading a subtitle.