So I’m watching “Brave” not expecting to see any conlangs. I think I saw three. The exotic dialect of Doric Scots English, ref. here , and a “bear language” where the bear growls with the prosody of English and … about six signs of BSL: Bear Sign Language. If anyone reading this knows British Sign Language, I’d like to know if the signs were BSL or a made up conlang.
Bear Sign language has most hand positions as a half cupped palms facing self as the bear has limited articulation of the fingers.
Queen: Finger tips touch crown of head are raised up and out so that palms face up. Bristish SL version
We: Palms up facing self in front of chest both arms sweep out in circle. British SL Version Not too similar.
Follow: Hands up, palms facing self, hands alternately “hop”/”march” forward
Break: Hands palms towards chest, all finger tips touching roughly center raise hands up in arc, your elbows stay in place (rotate at elbows)
Write: Finger tips brush lines across other upright palm in lines, left to right and then repeating about 3 times.
I tried to find the BSL for the other signs, but there don’t seem to be many free BSL dictionaries online. I know from taking ASL class that Bear Sign Language is not ASL (edit- sorry, when I orig wrote this I said the reverse, oops). (In ASL, queen is a Q diagonally across the chest, We is a semicircle from shoulder to shoulder, break is miming breaking a rod, write is miming holding a pencil writing on your palm, follow is a two fists in the air moving as if one fist is following the other)
The bear is off camera for the rest of the sentence. The bear does raise eye brows while signing, but there isn’t enough info to see if is a grammatical marker or just a facial gesture.
And real bears use some sort of bear-human inter-sign language: