Spoilers Everyone's native language

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Discovery' started by F. King Daniel, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. Nyarlacthulhu

    Nyarlacthulhu Captain Captain

    Jun 26, 2015
    But wouldn't a language that almost no one speaks become lost in such an apocalyptic event?
  2. Cosmic Consciousness

    Cosmic Consciousness Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Feb 12, 2011
    astral plane
    a) Wouldn't is the wrong word. It certainly could become lost, but it not necessarily would. According to Wikipedia, Esperanto has potentially two million speakers worldwide in 120 countries. Such a living language with such a widely distributed population of speakers could easily survive a war such as Star Trek's that didn't wipe out everybody; we know that much information did survive.
    b) It was a joke in the first place.
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  3. Ronald Held

    Ronald Held Vice Admiral Admiral

    Feb 21, 2005
    On the USS Sovereign
    Not canon,but should there be a Federation Standard English, Vulcan, Tellerite,etc?
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  4. Skipper

    Skipper Commodore Commodore

    Jul 28, 2016
    The Italian language was at least grammatically correct but the pronunciation was atrocious (for a moment I thought it was Spanish...)
  5. Tim Thomason

    Tim Thomason Commodore Commodore

    May 27, 2009
    Daniels' Illinois
    I think a "Standard" should be a Standard across the entity. In this case Federation Standard is English because the Federation is HQ'd on Earth, partially in English-speaking regions (San Francisco and... France... French is somehow a dead language).

    Vulcan and Tellar Prime have multiple languages in non-canon sources and common sense, but I feel that they have a primary trading language or "PLANET Standard" (Vulcan Standard, Tellar Standard, Andoria Standard, etc.) that is determined at the planetary level.
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  6. Fire Daemon

    Fire Daemon Rogue Process Moderator

    Jan 10, 2003
    Hell (AKA Windows 8)
    Data may have called it "obscure", but it seems to be alive and well in the Discovery era. I recognized French in the scene this thread is about, and the season 1 finale had French in the Federation logo in the scene set in Paris:


    The lighting makes it a little difficult to read, but it says Fédération des Planètes Unies. It's a little easier to read in the original concept art:

  7. Tuskin38

    Tuskin38 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jul 24, 2011
    It's also on the sign outside the building, also hard to read.