Another clever trick in the Asterix comics is their use of different fonts, characters or speech bubbles to indicate people speaking different languages.
Table 5.1. Language and fonts
|Language||Speech / Font|
Gothic font (what else did you expect ;-)
|Greek||Pointy letters - like the Greek alphabet. There was no 'v' sound in
classical times. 'y' is still pronounced Upsilon in German.
|Iberian||upside-down '¡' and '¿' used as punctuation in the beginning of sentences similar to
punctuation used in real Spanish.
Printed / Engraved Roman script (like the Mansion of the
Gods brochure in
the book of the same name) always substitutes 'V's for 'U's. Because the
Roman alphabet does not have a 'U'. 'V' was used for both 'U' and 'V'.
Just like 's' in English has two sounds (as in "rose" and "sun"). This has
survived in official print in Italy. The Italian coins are marked
'Repvbblica Italiana' for Italian Republic. Also see entry on Greek.
|Vikings||Ø, Å and other typical Scandinavian accented characters.
Note that the Gauls with a bad Viking accent use backward slashes and squares
(instead of circles).
|North American Indians - Native Americans||Pictures?
Table 5.2. Mood and typography
|Anger / Jealousy||Green speech bubbles (eg. Roman Agent)
|Singing||Words with musical notations.
|Sweet talk||Flowery border with birds, musical notes etc.