the language of Martians
I cannot undertake to say precisely how much of the Martian language had been acquired by the chief linguists of the expedition before the time when we arrived so near to Mars that it became necessary for most of us to abandon our studies in order to make ready for the more serious business which now confronted us.]
In her sleep she speaks and writes a language presumed to be Martian.
For the next hour or more we had our first lesson in ‘Martian’. In easy stages our host first flashed simple pictures into our minds, which were then followed by scenes with various actions and explanations just as in a moving picture scene.
‘Parlez-vous,’ he began, ‘Francais? Hablo usted manana? Nicht war gesundheit? Pro bono pluribus unum? Hoy ping pong? Ja?’ ‘Oui,’ replied the king. ‘Also Greek, Martian, Jovian, Sanskrit and Pig-Latin. Howza boy?’
It was a roundabout way, a long way, an awkward way to read the language of Mars, Monk reflected. Martian to Jovian to Earthian. But it was better than no way at all.
It was a minute before she could command her voice; then she told Paul Gedner what he was, in terms that Leo Chaikoski would never have thought of, in English, Spanish, and Martian.
She stared with half-blind eyes at the Earthman, and suddenly she spoke, in sonorous High Martian, a tongue as antique on Mars as Sanskrit is on Earth.
How do you represent the speech of a man who is ‘really’ speaking some tongue other than modern English—say Chinese or Old High Martian?
‘Come out of there,’ he said in rapid Martian.
I seem to be translating Giles Goat Boy into late Martian.
Sure! Learn to speak Martian. Why not?
"From India to the Planet Mars", Daniel B. Vermilye
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