Speak geek: The world of made-up language
By Caleb Cox
17th November 2010 11:43 GMT
The world of invented language is a difficult place to succeed and those who have the patience to create their own tend to have a hard time gathering followers.
Klingon and Elvish are notable exceptions, thanks to the huge fan bases for Star Trek and Lord of The Rings.
Society tends to regard people who learn these languages as über geeky and socially-inept but we often overlook the reasons why they’re so obsessed with the fantasies they love.
Until recently, expanding the speaker numbers was a challenge: conventions were the only place for enthusiasts to gather and sporadic publications the only other method of sharing their passion.
With the internet, mobile app markets and other techie possibilities, these languages now have easily accessible platforms to grow. While such languages thrive, constructed languages, or “conlangs”, that were created in our past generally struggled.