One thing that's been percolating in my mind for quite a bit is....what would the language of the Ark sound like? Here we have some 200 mutants who grew up just about without adult supervision. Like, the Elder was the only adult. Adults are otherwise a really important vector for language socialization for children.
So what would an Ark language sound like when children have grown up together without that adult guidance or any form of schooling? I'm guessing the vocabulary would be small, and that few in the Ark could use words with too many syllables or words that express very complex abstractions.
I get somewhat inspired by the Cloud Atlas language:
"cogg – v. to know or recognize. I cogged for the first time there’n’then. I knowed why I shudn’t kill this Kona.
curio – n. curiosity. But her answers didn’t quench my curio none, nay, not a flea.
The Fall - n. the apocalypse, 106 winters before the time of the Valleysmen, described as a period of flashbangin’. Back when the Fall was fallin’, humans f’got the makin’ o’ fire.
far-far – adj. very far. I cogged she was far-far from her own fam’ly’n’kin.
howzit - interj. Valleysmen greeting similar to “How are you?” or “How’s it going?” Past Cluny’s Dwellin’ a bro o’ mine, Gubboh Hogboy shouted, “Howzit.”"
But...let's brainstorm around this! Gimme some ideas on an Ark vocabulary!