Star Wars Ewokese to Star Trek Klingon: how do you invent a language?

Star Wars Ewokese to Star Trek Klingon: how do you invent a language?

Of course, constructed languages – or conlangs as they are commonly known – are nothing new. From 16th century Enochian to modern-day Esperanto, people have been inventing new languages for hundreds of years. However, the recent demand from the film and television industry for realistic-sounding imaginary languages has given linguists with a flair for fictitious tongues the opportunity to turn a hobby into a profession. And with an increasing appetite for learning conlangs, it begs the question: how do you create an entirely new lingo?

A nice article to be sure. A few things that I disagree with, mostly about “universal characteristics of all human languages” and conlang authors “allowing” new word creation (something that happens in spoken languages regardless of what is “allowed”), but on the whole, an article that brings to light this wonderful hobby in a pleasant way.

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