(Originally Posted on October 19, 2015)
I love languages. It’s that simple. I love everything about languages and the idea of language. I’ve been studying languages and linguistics for most of my life. I first noticed and started studying sociolinguistics when I was twelve years old. Then I started studying Spanish and Japanese when I was thirteen. As a teenager, I bought well over 100 language learning books. And I chose my university based on their Linguistics program.
But what many don’t know about me is that I am also a conlanger.
The word conlang is short for “constructed language”, another way of saying artificial language. I began creating my first artificial language 25 years ago. I have developed over 20 different languages. Some were very limited, with only perhaps a few hundred words and basic grammar. My most extensive constructed language has a fully fleshed out grammatical system, two dialects, three accents, a full ethnological history tied to its historical linguistic development, a now extinct first millennium orthography, slang, colloquialisms, and a lexicon currently at over 7000 root words, most of which have an etymological explanation. (To put that in perspective, Klingon has tens of thousands of language learners, and over 100 fluent speakers, but it has less than 1800 words in its lexicon.)
So when I read Rich Brooks’ post “The Rise of Invented Languages”, I had some opinions. (more…)