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The "You're Not Alone" Language Poll

Based on responses to my recent post about language mixing and nonword noises of communication, I thought it would be fun to see how many people do some of the same things. Feel free to mention this elsewhere if you think other folks would be interested.


Poll #1339965 "You're Not Alone" Language Poll

Have you ever...?

Dropped words from a natural Terran language into an English conversation?
4(9.8%)
Dropped words from an invented human language into an English conversation?
3(7.3%)
Dropped words from a nonhuman and/or non-Terran language into an English conversation?
0(0.0%)
Used in an English conversation sounds that are not words but have meanings, and are not native to English?
0(0.0%)
Had a conversational exchange using nonword linguistic sounds instead of words?
1(2.4%)

Have you ever...?

Paused in a conversation because the word you need isn't available in English?
0(0.0%)
Excused yourself out loud while you mentally searched for a translation?
0(0.0%)
Complained that the conversation would be easier in another language?
0(0.0%)
... and had someone agree with you, and switched to the more suitable language?
0(0.0%)
Given up on a conversation for lack of vocabulary/grammar?
1(2.4%)
Coined a word on the fly to fill a lexical gap, defined it, and kept going as if it were an ordinary word?
9(21.4%)

Have you ever...?

Used animal sounds and had an animal respond as if you were of the same species?
6(17.6%)
Used animal sounds when addressing another human(oid)?
2(5.9%)
Carried on a conversation with another human(oid), both using animal sounds?
0(0.0%)
Noticed that animals in far-flung habitats sound similar but not identical?
0(0.0%)
Figured out how to replicate the dialect difference in your own sounds?
0(0.0%)
... well enough to get an answer?
0(0.0%)

Have you ever...?

Invented an alien, fantasy, or auxiliary language?
5(14.3%)
... more than one?
0(0.0%)
Designed a language so you could use more cool sounds than the natural language(s) you know?
0(0.0%)
Designed a language to fill a lexical, grammatical, or other gap driving you nuts in the natural language(s) you know?
0(0.0%)
Carried on a conversation in an invented language?
0(0.0%)
... in front of other people who didn't speak it?
0(0.0%)
... for the express purpose of making sure they couldn't understand?
0(0.0%)

Do you use nonstandard vocalizations...?

When you're alone?
4(10.3%)
When conversing with pets or other animals?
0(0.0%)
When writing fiction, poetry, etc.?
0(0.0%)
When conversing with fictional characters?
1(2.6%)
When conversing with family/friends, in private?
0(0.0%)
When conversing with family/friends, in public?
0(0.0%)
When conversing with acquaintances or strangers, in private?
0(0.0%)
When conversing with acquaintances or stranger, in public?
0(0.0%)
Without necessarily thinking about where you are or who is listening?
0(0.0%)

Have people ever...?

Remarked on your use of nonstandard vocalizations?
2(5.7%)
Criticized you for making nonstandard vocalizations?
1(2.9%)
Praised you for making nonstandard vocalizations?
0(0.0%)
Avoided you or otherwise acted strangely because of the weird sounds you made?
0(0.0%)
Deliberately sought you out because of the interesting sounds you made?
0(0.0%)
Asked you to stop, or to speak only English?
1(2.9%)
Asked you for a demonstration?
1(2.9%)
Asked you what something meant?
0(0.0%)
Asked you to teach them how to say/do what you just did?
0(0.0%)
Picked up and used exotic words or sounds from you, after being taught?
0(0.0%)
Picked up and used exotic words or sounds from you, WITHOUT being taught?
2(5.7%)
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