On the 21st of February it’s the International Mother Language Day This day exists to promote multilingualism and to bring awareness to linguistic and cultural diversity. We want you to write about a language that used to exist in your world. What happened to the language? Write about it in a language template article, you will find a link to the prompt of this Flash Challenge further down in the rules.
“To have another language is to possess a second soul”
So why did this language disappear? What happened to it’s people? Where they all killed? Did they naturally die out? Did they join another culture? What did your world lose when this language disappeared? How was it culturally important? Was it used for magic? For science?
The most common way in our world is a slow death when it’s speakers become bilingual and lose proficiency in their original language over several generations. This happens when people learn a language that will gain them more social and economic advantages.
Here is a video you can listen to about the subject: Language Death by Langfocus You can also try out this game: Dialect
“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”
– First, you need a World Anvil account.
– Minimum of 300 words and a maximum of 1500 words.
– One article per account, one person per account.
– The article needs to be public.
– Submit the article before the 23th of February, at 12:01AM GMT (the site time, look at the bottom of almost all pages of WorldAnvil.)
– Go to this prompt page and create your article.
-You can also post the link to your article as a reply to this blog post, but for it to count you have to link it by creating the article from the prompt page.
“The limits of my language means the limits of my world”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein.
-The pride of having finished an article.
-Fun with friends, if you haven’t joined the discord do so and join in on the fun on the #challenge-discussion channel. (#sync-your-roles to see it) You can find a link to the discord at the top right corner after clicking the circle with a question mark.
-Janet and Dimitris will show off some of the entries on a stream over at the WorldAnvil Twitch channel when there is time. If you aren’t already following it, jump on over there and give it a follow, that way you won’t miss out on any of the WorldAnvil streams.
-Some articles might even be featured on the site over on your dashboard.
“We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.”
— Toni Morrison
Want to plan what challenges you want to join? Check out this year’s challenges: WorldAnvil Worldbuilding Challenges -2021 Edition!
Or check out our older Flash Challenges: Birthrites and Afterlives
Presenting: Tae na Lepidesn, the forgotten language of the Lepidosian people: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/manifold-sky-bcgrwurth/a/tae-na-lepidesn-language-1
I think there is a mistake in the text. Here: Tell us about a tradition surrounding births in one of your worlds!
Heh! XD …updated. 🙂
A fun one!
Here is my entry, the ancient language of the Avaronian Empire: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/niorath-kefkejaco/a/avaronian-language
I am hoping I did this correctly, and it’s continuing some work from old campaign notes like I did for WorldEmber 2020. “High Ortegan” – a language not spoken any longer, and studied only by those who have an interest in NOT teaching others how to read it.
The once commonly language turned into something aesthetic:
Not sure how well I was able to convey how my language works since it’s finer details are supposed to be inherently unknowable to most people in the world.
Feel free to like and comment: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/valley-of-man-hughpierre/a/folded-blocks-language
Here is my article https://www.worldanvil.com/w/empire-of-the-covenant-amelieis/a/the-arianian-language-language
I love these flash challenges… I got more done in a couple of weeks than in the last three months since I decided to participate. Here is my article… I am still trying to understand how to populate a world layout to display articles…
Feel free to comment!
This felt like a flash challenge meant just for me! I got very into writing about Tengirhu, a lost language of western Abravost 😀
My submission to this flash challenge! Languages are hard..
forgot to add the link… using a brain is hard https://www.worldanvil.com/w/interarcanum-thechangeling/a/bassek-language-language
Arriving just at the end here but here’s my entry on West Mosinan: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/the-magic-multiverse-emperorcharlesii/a/west-mosinan-language?preview=true
I’m late, but I told myself I’d take part so by golly I will.