15 December 2015

[en] 'Star Wars' languages owe to Tibetan, Finnish, Haya, Quechua, and Penguins

de Sean Hutchinson/The Huffington Post

The secret key to the success of 'Star Wars' in 1977 was its fully realized world. Its universe felt old, lived-in, with a wide diversity of alien species who spoke their own languages. Most of the non-English languages heard in 'Star Wars' aren't fully realized linguistic creations like Elvish from 'Lord of the Rings' or even Klingon in 'Star Trek'. But some languages used in George Lucas' saga were fully or partly based on real-life languages and dialects. Here are some of the languages that fans in Central America, Africa, the Himalayas, and Scandinavia might already have noticed.

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