Why We Love to Learn Klingon: The Art of Constructed Languages

In 1996, linguist D’Armond Speers became notorious for attempting to raise his baby son Alec as the world’s first native speaker of Klingon, an invented language from the Star Trek universe. Speers eventually abandoned the experiment when his son showed a marked reluctance, at the tender age of five, to use the language, but that [...]

By |2019-09-14T11:20:49+00:00September 14th, 2019|Conlang, Constructed languages, Klingon language, Language|0 Comments

Want to build a language from scratch? Start with the question who will speak it, and why

It’s well known that JRR Tolkien wrote the Lord of the Rings cycle to create people to speak the languages he had invented. But, in the television age, artificially created or invented languages – we call them conlangs – have been gaining increasing attention with the popularity of television series such as Star Trek and [...]

By |2019-09-13T20:08:20+00:00September 13th, 2019|Conlang, Constructed languages, Language|0 Comments

How to build a ‘perfect’ language

It’s well known that JRR Tolkien wrote the Lord of the Rings cycle to create people to speak the languages he had invented. But, in the television age, artificially created or invented languages – we call them “conlangs” – have been gaining increasing attention with the popularity of television series such as Star Trek and [...]

By |2019-09-06T17:41:47+00:00September 6th, 2019|Conlang, Constructed languages|0 Comments

Speaking in Tongues: From Elvish to Dothraki, the rise of invented languages

In the language spoken by the Dothraki on the violent and popular HBO show Game of Thrones, the word for cat is keli. Reasonable, you might think. The show is based on the books written by George R.R. Martin, surely he can come up with whatever words he likes for the animals living in a [...]

By |2019-08-25T18:06:35+00:00August 25th, 2019|Conlang, Constructed languages, Language|0 Comments

Authenticity in Alien Worlds: The Art of Creating Languages

Whether you’ve ever consciously thought about it or not, chances are you’re familiar with a constructed language. From Star Trek’s Klingon, to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Elvish, to Avatar’s Na’vi, to Dothraki and Valyrian in Game of Thrones, these fictional languages have lent a degree of authenticity to the worlds they occupy. According to Christine Schreyer, Associate [...]

By |2018-02-22T00:21:54+00:00June 27th, 2017|Conlang, Constructed languages, Language|0 Comments