Feb 27, 2021 8:22 AM
Demon Cam in the Space Silmarillion
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Cam hands him an alphabet and repeats the sentences.

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"Would these be right? 'I see a child speaking Lagalann? I understand that the child is speaking Lagalann, when I don't understand Lagalann?' Who designed this alphabet?"

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"Yes, those are right. I don't know who designed it, some demon I guess."

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"Is it your native tongue? 'I see where Lagalann is spoken? I no see where Lagalann is spoken?""

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"It's one of the more common demon languages. I don't see where Lagalann is spoken."

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"I don't see where the child is? I don't understand what the demon understands? There are others? What are those?"

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"Yes and yes. I don't have a complete list on hand, there's billions and billions of demons inventing languages willy-nilly," says Cam, "and I don't know of anyone who's put together a comprehensive list of what they all are."

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He sets down the paper. "How do I get to where you're from? No one's put together a list? Are there lists of all the demons? Could you go 'language notes by this demon' for every demon on this list?"

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"Only demons can be where I am from. I'm sure there are lists but I don't know where to find a comprehensive one, especially if you want conlangs or whatever. There is definitely not a complete census, and I think 'language notes' is not specific enough, I'd have to do 'complete works' and filter from there manually."

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"How do I become a demon, then? 'dictionary'? 'file'? 'computer'? 'hardware'?"

His sons are quietly giggling.

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"I cannot give you reliable information on how to become a demon, because the only procedure besides 'be a demon to begin with' is 'summon something, die, happen to become a demon instead of an angel or a fairy' and I don't know how it interacts with your universe of origin, species, backups, or anything else that may be operative. Dictionary file computer hardware."

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"Then I'll have to find another way to get to where demons live," he says, "I'm sure there is one. This is a book about computers spoken in Lagalann?"

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"Written in Lagalann," corrects Cam.

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"This is a book about computers written in Lagalann. This is a book about computers written in Quenya. This is a book about computers spoken for a child who cannot read. I have enough Lagalann vocabulary to start on the book about computers?"

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"Well, you could try, it does have plenty of diagrams, but I don't think we've covered most of the words in it."

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"'interrupt'?"

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"Interrupt."

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"I can interrupt you while you read of Moringotho, I read of computers in Lagalann, question vocabulary."

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"Yeah, sure, I can give you words while we're reading."

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"If you would speak in Lagalann I would learn 'faster'. And I'll do that."

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"Sure but if I speak in Lagalann I'll have to retrace half what I say to fill you in. Word you're looking for is 'faster'."

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"I learn faster than demons, you don't have to retrace half what you say to fill I in."

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"Fair enough. 'Fill me in'."

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"I'll read and you can fill me in when I don't understand vocabulary. And read about Moringotho. 'the war'?"

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"The war."

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