Language Barrier

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Language Barrier

Postby Flitterbie on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:16 pm

Wasn't exactly sure where to put this, as it deals with Quixote too, but when Gulliver and LJS were in Japan, why was Silver able to speak plain English and be understood, but Gulliver couldn't understand what they were saying? Similarly, why was Quixote able to speak and understand English, despite being an early-17th century Spaniard?

Really, I'd assume some sort of meta-fictional translation thingy, kinda like Doctor Who only magic instead of tech, but then why didn't this apply to Gulliver as well?
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Re: Language Barrier

Postby Tom on Mon Jan 07, 2013 12:20 am

The explanation for Quixote was that he understood everyone around him to be speaking Spanish. He must have come from an English translation, where canonically, he is speaking Spanish.

Gulliver's role in his story is to arrive somewhere and be a mystified observer; no such misfortune for Long John.
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