1. Will-J67

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    Speech Barrier

    Discussion in 'Progress Journals' started by Will-J67, Jun 5, 2017.

    When writing the voice of characters based on people from long ago "Native American" for example, how should I go about them speaking? Same for other cultures.
     
  2. dragonflare137

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    It depends on the main voice of the story. Does your main character speak a certain language different from the "People long ago?" For example if you are writing a character who speaks English, and they encounter a group that doesn't speak English, you don't have to write out the exact words that the people are speaking. You can simply tell through narrative that they are speaking a different language that the main character doesn't speak or understand. If this is the case then you can have them communicate through things other than speech, like hand motions or things like that.

    If your main character does speak the language that they speak, and that is their main language, you can write their language as "English". An example is that if you have a story based on elves. We know that elves most likely speak elvish, but it is written in English so that we can understand it. Then when someone who doesn't speak Elvish comes along, that is when you do the same thing as the previous example. Don't write out exact words, and have them communicate differently (If your main character doesn't understand them of course).

    In conclusion, everything depends on the voice of the main character. After you figure out their voice and language, you can go from there.
     
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