Constructed Languages

Do aliens talk like us? Constructed Languages and Linguistic Universals –  Tegan Nastassja May

Constructed “Artifical” languages are created by people over a period of time. Generally, they are made for a TV show’s fictional world, for actual communication, or even for experiments in linguistics.

Often times these languages do not have native speakers/first language speakers; however, Esperanto did, theoretically, break this stigma with Stela, a Native (from birth) Esperanto Speaker. I included the video below; how much do you understand?

A Constructed language can either be priori or a posteriori meaning the constructed language is not based on an existing language or the constructed language is based on elements from an existing language, respectively. Below are some examples; which ones do you recognize?

Priori LanguagesPosteriori Languages
Dothraki (Game of Thrones)Esperanto (seen Above)
Valyrian (Game of Thrones)Glosa
Klingon (Star Trek)Interlingua
Elvish (Lord of the Rings)Lingwa de planeta

If you’re interested in creating a Constructed Language, check out Biblaridion’s youtube channel. He goes into depth with everything you will need!

Language Creation Conference

The Language Creation Conference (LCC) is an international conference discussing issues related to the craft of language creation, or “conlanging”. The conference is a set of talks and panel discussions about various issues related to language creation from several different perspectives. It includes both fairly technical linguistic discussions as well as more artistic, sociological, or philosophical ones, examples of craft in action, voices from many parts of the conlanging community, and opportunities to socialize with fellow conlangers from all over the world.

Books on Conlangs

In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan  Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build A Perfect Language - Kindle  edition by Okrent, Arika. Reference Kindle
By Arika Okrent

In the Land of Invented Languages
Here is the captivating story of humankind’s enduring quest to build a better language—and overcome the curse of Babel. Just about everyone has heard of Esperanto, which was nothing less than one man’s attempt to bring about world peace by means of linguistic solidarity. And every Star Trek fan knows about Klingon. But few people have heard of Babm, Blissymbolics, Loglan (not to be confused with Lojban), and the nearly nine hundred other invented languages that represent the hard work, high hopes, and full-blown delusions of so many misguided souls over the centuries. With intelligence and humor, Arika Okrent has written a truly original and enlightening book for all word freaks, grammar geeks, and plain old language lovers.

The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words  Behind World-Building: Peterson, David J.: 0783324865905: Books
By David J. Peterson

The Art of Language Invention
From master language creator David J. Peterson comes a creative guide to language construction for sci-fi and fantasy fans, writers, game creators, and language lovers. Peterson offers a captivating overview of language creation, covering its history from Tolkien’s creations and Klingon to today’s thriving global community of conlangers. He provides the essential tools necessary for inventing and evolving new languages, using examples from a variety of languages including his own creations, punctuated with references to everything from Star Wars to Michael Jackson. Along the way, behind-the-scenes stories lift the curtain on how he built languages like Dothraki for HBO’s Game of Thrones and Shiväisith for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, and an included phrasebook will start fans speaking Peterson’s constructed languages. The Art of Language Invention is an inside look at a fascinating culture and an engaging entry into a flourishing art form—and it might be the most fun you’ll ever have with linguistics.

Throughout the next year or two, I plan to also give my hand at creating a constructed language and I will be using the channel above to help guide me! I will note my progress on this blog, so keep an eye out and subscribe!

Published by Elizabeth

Language learner - avid coffee drinker - and IT consultant

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