((DIANA I DONNO WHAT SOME OF THESE TAGS MEAN)) Hey, have you ever had a hard time stepping out of your gross, fleshy human worldview but you're super into making non-human and non-humanoid peoples with their own cultures to give your worldbuilding that much more credibility? Of course because “If we can't write diversity into sci-fi, then what's the point? You don't create new worlds to give them all the same limits of the old ones.” - Jane Espenson I mean Espenson was talking about race, orientation etc. in that quote but for those of you who squirm around this subject y'all are free as a bird to go and twist that shit to mean you really wanna create a race of cat people but you don't want them to be a group of smooth-talking, tricksy, mystical whatever lithe, slender human-made assumption whatevers. Also this shit ain't mine-"mine" so any y'all that ran across some kinda writing exercise prompt post that had you stop for a minute going, ".... Huh. I hadn't really considered that angle." drop this shit off in here Like so: via http://official-data.tumblr.com/post/142347083254/a-thought-i-had-about-alien-languages-on-earth text: "A thought I had about alien languages. On Earth, there are many languages that distinguish elder brother/sister from younger brother/sister. There are also some languages that distinguish between an uncle/aunt who is older than one’s parent vs younger than one’s parent (e.g., in Chinese, father’s older brother is a different word than father’s younger brother). However, there are, to the best of my knowledge, no languages that distinguish “uncle/aunt who is older than oneself” vs “uncle/aunt who is younger than oneself.”Not surprising, of course, since it’s rather unusual to have an uncle or aunt who is younger than oneself. It does happen, of course, but it’s rather the exception to the rule, and “uncle/aunt” is generally understood to mean an older relative.However, in many animals this is by no means uncommon. A cat, for example, can easily have a kitten at the same time that it’s a several-times-great grandmother, since a cat’s reproductive lifespan is many times longer than its childhood.Suppose you had an alien with a life cycle more like that. I suspect that most sapients wouldn’t have quite that much overlap. Most sapient species are likely to have significantly extended childhoods, since intelligence requires greater time for learning. Still, one could readily imagine a species where it’s quite common to continue having children well after grandchildren begin being born (it’s theorized that menopause in humans evolved to enable mothers to help raise their grandchildren, so presumably such a species would have, in its evolutionary past, less grandmotherly assistance, or possibly that pregnancy/childbirth would be much less taxing - perhaps an egg-laying species?). Thus, it might be quite common to have an uncle/aunt who is younger, and conversely, a nephew/niece who is older.In fact, they might not even *have* words for uncle/aunt or nephew/niece. Relative age might be more important for them than generational differences. So they might have a word for “relative of approximately the same age”, which would include siblings as well as uncles/aunts/nephews/nieces/cousins close to one’s age, a word for “relative close in age to one’s parent”, a word for “relative close in age to one’s children [or young enough to be one’s child]”, etc."