A Bit About Twins
asked: I’m writing a story about a set of twins who start with the dominant/submissive generalization (one twin talks, the other doesn’t) and eventually plan to switch the dominance. I’m looking for information on how to write twin speak and other kinds of twin idiosyncrasies. Thanks for the help!
Normally I would advise you to do your own research, but this topic struck my fancy, so I’ve compiled some interesting resources for you. I would, however, like to stress that these links are a starting point for you, not the endpoint of your hunt for information. If you want to know about twins, I think it’s probably best to talk to twins. Hopefully, we will be able to provide you with some volunteers.
At the bottom of the post, I will compile any further resources, including fellow writers who volunteer to answer questions for you about twins.
So, without any further ado…
Twinspeak, also known as cryptophasia, is a type of idioglossia, or a language spoken only by one or a few people. Here’s a bit more about twinspeak.
- Wikipedia: Idioglossia
- Wikipedia: Cryptophasia
- Slate.com: Dugon, Haus You Dinikin, Du-Ah: The secrets of twin speak by Jon Lackman
- Psychologytoday.com: Twin Speak
- Google Scholar search for “psychology articles twins”
Here are a few general but interesting article on twins.
- The Washington Post Magazine: Nature & Nurture When It Comes to Twins, Sometimes It’s Hard To Tell the Two Apart by Arthur Allen
- Vice.com: Meet the Nieratkos - The Twins of Atlanta by Chris Nieratko (EXPLICIT)
- Articles on twins from The New York Times
- Scientificamerican.com: Identical Twins’ Genes Are Not Identical by Anne Casselman
- Pinterest: Interesting Articles about Twins
- Independent.co.uk: Similar but not identical: study reveals more about twins than about education by Steve Connor
- Theweek.com: 9 incredible stories about identical twins by Lauren Hansen
- Theguardian.com: Black and white twins by Joanna Moorhead
- Nationalgeographic.com: Twins by Peter Miller
- Discovery.com: Do Twins Have a Mysterious Connection? by Benjamin Radford
- Psychologytoday.com: Straight Talk about Twin Studies, Genes, and Parenting: What Makes Us Who We Are by Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D.
- NPR.org: Life As Identical Twins: ‘One And The Same’ (audio)
And here are a few IAMA Reddits for twins.
- IamA We are identical male twins who are in the same college program, one semester apart! We’ve seen and done some awesome twin things! We also have had some unusual requests! AMA!
- I am an identical twin, AmA
- I am an extremely identical twin. AMA!
- IAMA Identical mirror twin
- IAm The submissive from a set of identical twins girls. AMA
- I am an identical twin, the evil one
- IAmA heterosexual identical twin with a homosexual brother. AMA
- We are 19 year old identical twin sisters! Ask us anything
If you are a twin and you would like to be a resource for tangosvu, please respond to this post and I will add you to the list.